Take note of these tips which will help you get the most out of your stay in Florence.
With such world famous galleries as the Uffizi and the Accademia you may well not be surprised to hear that the queues to get in are often long. The best way to avoid the queues is to pre-book tickets which you can do at: www.firenzemusei.it
You may visit Florence in high season or have a tight schedule and therefore not be so flexible but if you can choose then go to the museums around lunch time or late afternoon and you will often find that the museums are a lot quieter than other times of the day.
When visiting the Uffizi rather than booking a tour you can save money and use the audio guides instead, available to rent inside the Uffizi. Rather than trying to do every room at the Uffizi it may be a good idea to mark the rooms that interest you (the Uffizi gallery is laid out artist by room) and go straight to these rooms first, then if you are not too tired go back to the beginning and wander around.
Florence is very compact even though it may not seem so as soon as you arrive. It can be easily explored on foot and in fact by wandering slightly off the tourist track you will discover hidden treasures, secret gardens and courtyards and beautiful frescoes in churches that you won’t discover with your head in a guide book or on a tour!
A few more tips:
» It is cheaper to change your traveller’s cheques at a bank rather than a bureau de change. You will need your passport with you to do so.
» Remember to always validate bus or train tickets at the start of the journey.
» Be careful when crossing at pedestrian crossings, often the cars and scooters do not stop!
» Avoid the big cafes in the main squares in Florence as they are often very expensive and you are charged more to sit down outside!