New Florence Museum Pricing
In an effort to better manage the seemingly endless number of tourists that crowd the beautiful and historic museums of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery has adopted a new admissions pricing system as announced by director Eike Schmidt on July 31, 2017.
Starting in 2018, admission to the Uffizi Gallery will cost €20 from March to October and €10 from November to February. The Uffizi alone currently attracts 2,000,000 visitors a year.
Although this and other changes are in an attempt to control the masses, the integration of this new philosophy also targets locals by offering special pricing and annual membership fees. According to Schmidt, the advanced pricing model is designed to work to their advantage because residents will receive seasonal and time slot discount opportunities.
September 1 marks the first step in this process, when the Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace and Uffizi Gallery will begin to offer annual memberships to residents of Florence: the Uffizi at €50 and the Pitti Palace museums €35.
Residents of Florence will continue to receive free admission to the Boboli Gardens via the Annalena and Porta Romana entrances. A combination annual membership fee will be available as well, and will include the Uffizi Galleries, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens museum entry at a reduced cost of just €70. All annual memberships include exclusive advantages like priority admission.
In March, 2018, another wave of changes will be introduced, allowing those without an annual membership the advantage of reduced pricing during the low season. Low season will begin in November and end in February, after which high season ticket pricing will ensue at the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens. Although the discount varies per museum, tourists who arrive during low season are expected to save anywhere from €3-20 on a single admissions ticket.
Also in March, the Pitti Palace will offer an additional 50% discount to those visitors who purchase their ticket before 8:59 am the day of, and enter in the first two time slots between 8:15 – 9:25 am. Another combination offer will be promoted in March as well, and includes a three-day admissions pass to all three locations within the Uffizi circuit at the price of €38 during high season, and €18 in low season.
To read more in Italian, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.