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Florence card is here: 33 museums in one

UPDATE: October 15 2011: for a comparison of museum cards in Florence with updated prices and information, please see my updated post on museum cards.

UPDATE: January 14 2011: Matteo Renzi announced yesterday that this museum card will finally be available this year, on February 14th. The location and manner of purchase is still TBA. State and comunal museums are all included and will cost 50 euros for 3 days (tourist pass). Private and other museums are still in negotiation. The card does not include a bus pass as had been previously announced.

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uffizi[this is the text from May 2010] We’ve been waiting for about a year (I wrote about the plans for a Florence Museum Card and other ways to get discounts in June 2009) and here it is: the Florence Museum card will cost 50 euros for 3 days and get you into 33 museums, reservations included. It also includes a bus pass and will be available in September 2010.

Museums included are state and comunal: Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Accademia, Pitti-Boboli, Opificio delle Pietre dure, Museo Archeologico, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Stibbert, Horne, Bardini, Cappella Brancacci, Alinari Photo Museum and more.

The city is still working on a deal with university museums and ones run by the diocese (like the Museo del’Opera del Duomo) as well as private museums like Palazzo Strozzi.

Remember, you can still get a Friends of the Uffizi membership card (Amici degli Uffizi) which gives you unlimited access for one calendar year to the state museums of Florence (including the Uffizi and the Accademia). It costs only 100 euros for a family of four, 40 for students and 60 for adults.

This is good news for tourists but residents still await a year-long Florence museum pass at a reasonable price. Come on Matteo, you can do it!

Source: city of Florence press office

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Alexandra Korey aka ArtTrav is a Florence-based art historian and arts marketing consultant.

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  • artLover_in_LeMarche

    Where can I buy the Florence Museum card?

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    it's not out yet :(( but i'll let everyone know when it is!

  • Maxwell

    50 Euros for a 3 day pass is incredible expensive.

    Most come to florence for the Uffizi and the Accademia and in 3 days barely have time to throw in a couple more museums (maybe boboli gardens or the bargello or the Duomo). There’s more than just museums, what about Santa Croce? Day Trips to Pisa, Sienna, etc.

    Paris has a 6 day museum pass for almost the same price. For 50 Euros, they better include transportation (even though most of us can walk to the sights in Florence).

    You’d have to visit a lot more than just the Uffizi and Accademia in 3 days to make the pass worth it. Yes, it has value in being able to skip lines… but if you can still book those in advance for reserved time slots, you’ll be able to pass the lines and save money by not buying this expensive pass which may only save you money if you visit in 3 days times 7 or more museums (which doesn’t include climbing the duomo).

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    Maxwell, you are totally right in your critique. In fact, while this is a step in the right direction since FI didn’t have a museum pass at all in the past, it’s still not up to EU par. If it included transportation it might be better. It’s getting a lot of criticism in the news too.

    For 60 euros per adult you can have the year long friends of the uffizi pass as a longer term option. Either way you do need to go to 5-7 museums to make it pay off. Personally, in 3 days I do go to that many museums, though I would prefer a week-long pass since I don’t generally encourage short visits to art cities. TO those who only come for the Uffizi and the Accademia I say take advantage of having an expensive pass in your pocket to force you to go to the other great places the city has to offer!

    All that said, though, on the matter of price, it does seem like a ton of money. Until you think that in new york, just getting into the Met costs 20$. 12$ is the median entry price to a museum in the USA but a good percentage cost 20$. Italy’s museum entry prices have been fixed at the equivalent of about 14000 lira since the mid 1980s, and entry tickets are the only source of revenue for these government-funded museums that receive no revenue from membership or private donors. In fact, this is a very interesting topic about which perhaps I will write something. Short-term tourism “uses” the city in a rather harsh way so this pass will help bring back some income to the museums.

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  • Maxwell

    At 50 Euros, the pass is not worth it! Uffizi – 6.5 Euro, Accademia – 6.5 Euro, Bargello – 4 Euro, Boboli Gardens – 6 Euro.

    That equals 29 Euro vs. the 50 Euro pass. Even if you throw in reservations for the Uffizi & Accademia, it doesn’t equal 50 Euro.

    That’s a lot for a 3 day period, since most of us will do other things in Florence like the Duomo, Baptistry, Santa Croce, SMN, Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo etc.

    There’s so many things in florence that are FREE! And so many things that aren’t included in the pass. If you included the other things on my list for example then the pass would have more appeal.

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    You’re absolutely right Maxwell. In the version announced last week (i need
    to update this article, now that you remind me) that is now available,
    busses ARE included which is a good thing, but you still need to add up your
    museums just as you’ve done. However, note that most of the year the Uffizi,
    Accademia and Bargello offer special exhibits which means that the ticket
    price is increased 4 euros. So those three end up costing 31.50… THe
    Medici chapels are included and worth seeing. It’d be difficult to convince
    santa croce and santa maria novella to join as they are churches and they
    use revenue for restoration.