We have successfully made reservations for the Accademia and the Uffizi. We were able to call the phone # given and received the reservation #s and times. Detailed instructions are given in the book for the arrival with reservations at the Uffizi. Does anyone know where we are to go if we have reservations at the Accademia? Are we to simply walk past the line to the door, give them our reservation # and time and enter?
with both these sites there are two doors. one has the long line (usually). the 2nd will have a line also, but shorter. At Accademia the doors are on the north side of building, and the door for reservations is the east door. At Uffizi the door is on the south side of the north wing of the complex. At both sites, even though you have a reservation, you get into line. Talk to your neighbors in line, since you and all others in line are expected 'self-sort' yourselves into time slots. All holders of 10:15 reservations stay together, etc. Sometimes the staff will help or encourage you to self sort. The staff will then determine when they want to admit all the holders of those 10:15 reservations and you will go in as a group. If you get there very near your time just go to wherever in line your time-slot group is. If really late talk to the staff.
I agree with Randy. Note that there will be tons of people around these doors. At the Uffizi, there will be tour groups. As Randy indicated, you will just need to nudge in and self-sort according to your time slot. At the Accademia, and I believe the Uffizi, you will have to check your backpacks and large bags.
Most hotels will be happy to make the reservations for you when you book a room with them.
Thank you so much for your help. Knowing exactly what to do when we arrive helps. Thank you also for the "self sorting" information.
I hope I made myself clear. Re-reading, I am not so sure. When I say "get into line", I mean the short line. It is short as it is the one that has those with reservations in it. Your fellow tourists in line will have their reservation papers in hand...you can compare. Those in the long, unreserved lines will NOT have reservation papers in hand.