My dreams come true. Seeing works by Michaelangelo was amazing. Used Rick Steve's free app download to walk me through the Accademia. Highlight of Florence for me.
Our guide was right where it was indicated he/she would be and handed us our tickets promptly.
Absolutely worth it! The lines to Florence's museums are always very long and I do recommend getting the tickets ahead of time. Thank you very much, Viator!
Gabriel P United States of ...
When we booked this tour we asked for the skip the line tickets without the inside tour at 10:30 a.m. When Viator send us the voucher it was stated to look for the tour guides from this particular agency wearing bright yellow jackets by the front main door to the Accademia. When we arrive at the Accademia in Florence the street was fully packed it looked like a sea of people. We made our way to the front door and sure enough there were two tour guides warring the yellow jackets which you could spot a mile away. I gave our three vouchers to one of them she handed them to the other guide that had a list they checked my name and gave me the three tickets. There were two lines to go in he told me to get in the left side line which was the one with people that had tickets, the other line was standing still since they had to purchase and wait to go inside. after 10-15 minutes we were inside admiring all the beauty inside the Accademia.
We found this to be a first class experience. The representative was waiting at the Accademia Gallery and was easy to find. Our tickets were issued straight away and we didn't have to wait at all to get in to see 'David'. Highly recommended.
Statue of David and the rest of the Accademia are brilliant and this is a must see if in Florence. Had to queue for about 30 minutes, which was much better than the enormous queue for those who didn't have skip the line tickets. Well worth the purchase.
Having tickets arranged in advance is the way to go! We easily found our contact person who gave us our tickets and still had to wait in line about 30 minutes to enter the security check area but that beats the wait time for those in the super long line to purchase tickets. Seeing the Accademia is a must when in Florence.
Barbara B United States of ...
Just so you know....Skip the line actually means that you will not have to stand in the line to purchase tickets when you arrive there! You WILL still have to stand in line to get in the door during high holiday season, so arrive at least 15 to 20 minutes before your appointment time, as we did. We stood in line for about 15 minutes only, and still arrived at the entrance door at only 2 minutes past our appointment time. No big deal! When we came out, there were STILL hundreds of people waiting to buy tickets. So just that made this deal well worth the money! Once inside, there was no one pushing us along, like in the guided tours. We were allowed to look at the art, read the explanations of each piece, and admire it as long as we wished. Of course, it's always nice to keep in mind all of those waiting for their turn though, and not be an art hog. Great experience, great value! I wouldn't attempt to see any great museum, gallery, or famous historical site without doing it this way!
Wow, the area outside the Accademia is bananas! The tour guide found us and got us our tickets straight away. Once you get through the scrum outside and get in, the gallery is spectacular and worth it.
Even with skip the line tickets we waited 40 minutes to get in. Regular ticket holders seemed to be in a line that stretched forever, and their line was in the hot sun which can be a factor for some as it was 97 degrees when we went last week. How can you go to Florence and not see DAVID? It would be like going to the Louvre and not seeing the Mona Lisa. Note: YOU have to search out the company guide for your skip the line passes....they won't search you out. This might be intimidating for 1st time/ older tourists but it's not that hard. For any tour you take, if you can't find your ticket/pass representative...just go up to any of the other ticket reps loitering and ask them where your company is,,,,they all know each other and all speak English and we're always polite and helpful. Enjoy your upcoming trip!
It doesn't matter how many times you go to Florence, you can never see the David too often. Buying the tickets ahead means you need to pick them up in the building across the road then look for the tour directors to tell you which line to get into. If you haven't printed off your booking confirmation, there is free wifi in the gallery cafe/bookshop to recall your booking. There will always be time spent in a queue but it is so worth the wait.
It's worth the money. You simply do a very small line right by the entrance of the Accademia and actually skip the extremely long line. Fully recommended for those on a tight schedule and/or want to make the most of your day at Florence.
We could not get to the meeting place on time but they held our tickets and we were able to get into the Accedamia for our tour. Great customer service
The Accademia was magnificent! There were a few minutes of confusion in arranging for entrance to the museum, but nothing in comparison to what we would have faced without making these arrangements in advance.
Organisation outside the Academia was originally a bit unclear, but soon solved and all went smoothly. We enjoyed the fact that we could do the tour through the Academia on our own at at our own pace
Great way to skip the long lines if you don't want to do a tour. This worked perfectly for us!
The tour was really great. Better than expected. I only wish I knew how difficult climbing Mount Vesuvius would be. I would have been more prepared for it. The guide was really knowledgable and she even gave us a great trip for our next stop to Tuscany. Our family had a great day!
I'm glad we got the skip the line ticket, but we did have wait on the skip the line line for 20 minutes before we could get in. Although that was nothing compared to the wait for those who did not buy their tickets in advance.
Wonderful experience of purchase. The ticket provider was present before time! The only small hitch was that while making payment, Viator wanted 'Name on credit / debit card'. Since I was using a travel currency card, it didnot have a name. I had to use my regular credit card to complete the payment.
We purchased the tickets to guarantee entry into the Accademia so we could skip the line. Worth it because the line was long for those who didn't have tickets and our time was limited due to being on a cruise excursion.
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