Thank you, Mary Davis of New Port Richey, Fla, for offering our blog readers the following two travel tips. (As a token of our appreciation, we've sent her a set of Streetwise maps of Italy.)
We went in April. Rather than stand in a long line to buy individual, same-day tickets, we visited the website of the Vatican Museums instead, which offers tourists the opportunity to purchase tickets to tour the Vatican Museums as part of a group led by one of their tour guides. It saved us from waiting in line and it was an excellent tour. We were fitted with headsets so we could hear every word the tour guide said.
Before traveling to this city, purchase a Friends of the Uffizi pass online. The cost is 60 euros for individuals, 100 euros for families of up to 4 people and 25 euros for students under 26. It will get you free entrance to the Uffizi Gallery and the State Museums in Florence. Plus, the Pitti Palace (Palatina Gallery e Royal Apartments, Gallery of Modern Art, Costume Gallery, Silver Museum, Porcelain Museum, Boboli Gardens), Accademia Gallery, Bargello Museum, Medici Chapels, Cenacolo by Sant'Andrea del Sarto (Refectory of the Santo Spirito Church), Medici Villa La Petraia, and Medici Villa at Poggio a Caiano. The best part is, you go straight to the entrance and skip the lines.