tickets before or in cities

Hi, Is it recommended to buy tickets to the Vatican museums, Uffizi Gallery, Colosseum, etc before we get to Italy or once we're in the specific cities? Thank you - Terri

Posted by Liz
Round Rock, TX, USA
91 posts

Terri, I came with hard copies of all our reservations, tickets to the museums, tours set up, train tickets etc...it was just easier to do it all before I came, then I wasn't stressed about not being able to get in the museum (Borgese?) that I wanted at the times I wanted. I had a small file folder and had tabs set up for each city...for back up. I had them on my I phone. If your traveling during the summer advanced planning will really help.

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2432 posts

If you only have a few days in a city like Florence or Rome, I'd try to get reservations/tickets in advance and not have to worry about it. If you plan to visit the Galleria Borghese, definitely make the reservation in advance - last summer I had a three-day window of opportunity and they only had three time slots open in those three days (but I needed tickets for a group of five).

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2432 posts

Depends on the time of year. I walked up to the Accademia ticket office and had an entry time of 15 minutes later. In Rome you might look into the RomaPass.

Posted by terri
germantown, md, usa
6 posts

Thanks, Zoe. I'll be going in the summer along with so many others:) Does that change your opinion? - Terri

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10844 posts

Unfortunately summer is peak and walk up lines can be long. The local card can help to by pass lines but advance reservation can save time.