Have the prices for the Accademia and the Uffizi gone up dramatically? I recently purchased tickets online and the prices do not match what was published in last years version of Rick Steve's.
Not for the Accademia but tickets for the Uffizi went up quite a bit on March 1st on a seasonal-pricing basis. Tickets went from 8 euro (unless there was a special exhibit) to 20 euro during high season, and 12 euro during winter low season. Standard reservation fees of 4 euro apply.
Prices for the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens increased as well, and a new higher price for the Firenze Card reflects these increases.
No, not a scam. :O)
How is a price increase a scam?
Not the rise in price of the museums but that the price I paid does not match what they say the cost is.
but that the price I paid does not match what they say the cost is.
Who are "they"? If it's last year's RS guide, any prices published may no longer be accurate. Same for THIS year's guide as things like pricing and hours can change after a book goes to print. That's why it's always best to reference an attraction's own website or their official ticketing site for latest information.
If would help, of course, if you would tell us what you paid for your tickets and where did you purchase them. There can be additional fees if you purchase through a third party. Just complaining is of little value. And prices in any tour book tend to lag the market.
Trey -- He posted under tourist scams so assume he is thinking the final price is a scam.
If would help, of course, if you would tell us what you paid for your
tickets and where did you purchase them. There can be additional fees
if you purchase through a third party.
Very good point, Frank. The Uffizi ADULT* base ticket price + 4 euro reservation fee I mentioned earlier applies to tickets ordered through b-ticket.com: official ticketing site for the Uffizi, Accademia and some others of Florence's museums. If you ordered your tickets through a different site, then fees may be larger so it would help to know what resource you used?
Regardless, ticket prices for some of the museums have increased since last year's RS guide went to press.
*I didn't include b-ticket prices for EU students between 18-25 or 4-euro reservation fees for children under 18.
Just as an example? An adult, time-specific, skip-the-line ticket for the Accademia purchased from the Viator website costs $21.37 U.S. (18.35 euro) for a random date of August 23rd. That same ticket purchased from the b-ticket website is priced at 12 euro ( $13.98 U.S.).
Impossible to provide any feedback whatsoever without knowing both what you chose to pay and the link of the website in which you purportedly bought these tickets.