I am not sure when I will be in Florence during my 10 day trip through Italy since I am kinda going with the flow. Is it impossible/difficult to get into Florence museums i.e. Uffizi, Accademia during early November? I hear the lines can be long. Is it still advisable to purchase tickets online for a specific day? I'm on a strict budget as well so would like to avoid any booking charges. What options do I have if I just show up on the day? Any thoughts? Thanks for your advice.
I would not advise waiting to show up and buy tickets if you are on a strict schedule. There is no telling how long you will wait to get inside these places, especially the Uffizi. You can purchase a card that let's you into these places for free. It's a one time purchase which is often cheaper if you plan to visit several museums. You will still need to wait in line, but this tends to make things faster since you will avoid the ticket booth. There is no way you can avoid lines, and I do not think there is an option to purchase tickets where you can skip lines. If there is, the price would be tremendous anyways. Since you are on a budget, I wouldn't recommend doing it. If I remember correctly, November tends to have less tourists. You won't have any problems waiting in line. I never had to wait in line around mid-late November because the weather gets cold. Good travels! about 7 years ago
The lines to get into the Uffizi and Accademia are variable this time of year. Two days ago there was a 2-hour wait to enter the Uffizi without reservations. Yesterday, no line at all! You don't want to waste precious vacation time waiting to get in, so here's what I would do: make a reservation by phone (+39-055-294-883). English speaking operators are available. You tell them what date and time you'd like to reserve for which of the museums (Uffizi or Accademia), and how many people will be in your party. They'll give you a code number. About 10 minutes before your reserved time, go to claim and pay for your tickets. At the Uffizi this is at Door #3, at the Accademia you go to the 'Reserve' entrance. You'll have to pay €4 for the reservation but it's worth not having to stand around waiting forever. And here's the best part: if you get to the museum and there's no wait to get in, just forget about the reservation and enter through the 'Unreserved' doors!
As for the other museums, you don't need reservations.
The card that Tanner referred to is the FirenzeCard, and is a great deal if you expect to be visiting many museums during your stay. It costs €50 but gets you into 33 museums with priority (no waiting) entrance. It also give you free unlimited use of all of Florence's buses and trams. The card is valid for 72 hours from the time of its first use. You can buy it in lots of places around town. www.firenzecard.it almost 8 years ago