If you plan to visit several museums and monuments in Florence, you might want to purchase the Firenzecard, a pass that affords the buyer entrance to 72 of the city's most important museums, monuments and gardens; access to priority entrance lines; and unlimited use of the city's public transportation. The pass is valid for 72 hours from the time of its first use.
Why Buy a Firenzecard?
Buying a Firenzecard could save you time and money, depending on how many places you visit.
Because it is prepaid, you won't have to stand in long ticket lines, reserve ahead, or buy each ticket separately every time you want to enter a museum or monument. Also included is admission to any of the outstanding special exhibits during the year. This means that if you want to attend one of these, you will pay no additional charge. Note that some of the monuments and museums on the pass are already free, but the pass gives you access to priority entrance lines. At very popular sites with enormous traffic, this feature alone could be worth the price of the ticket.
How Do You Buy a Firenzecard?
You can check current prices and buy the card online on the Firenzecard website, at one of the participating museums or at a tourist information point in the city. If you buy the card online, check the website for collection points where you can pick it up.
How Do You Use a Firenzecard?
When you get the card, write your name on it immediately.
At the entrance to a museum or monument, look for the Firenzecard sign and show your pass there for admission. On a bus, swipe the card against the validation machine inside the bus as soon as you board.
To use the card for entrance to Giotto's Bell Tower, the Duomo Dome, the Baptistry, and the Crypt of Santa Reparata (co-patron saint of Florence and namesake of the former cathedral of Florence), go to the Firenzecard dedicated ticket office at the Opera del Duomo (OPA) Art and Culture Center, at Piazza San Giovanni 7, to collect the free ticket that you'll use in the turnstiles when you enter these monuments.
The card becomes "valid" from you use it, and it will remain valid for 72 hours; you have one month from purchase to validate the card, in other words, to begin using it. Each cardholder is permitted one admission to each of the participating venues.
Where Is It Accepted?
Some of the favorites are:
- Uffizi Gallery
- Accademia Gallery
- Bargello National Museum
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Duomo Dome and Crypt
- Bell Tower and Baptistry
- San Marco Monastery Museum