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Vatican and Uffizi Museums

by jnogen

My wife and I are traveling to Italy in March and we'd like to know if it's better to get the tickets to both museums on line or get them in Rome and
Florence (perhaps would you recommend any website to get the tickets)
Thanks a lot in advance

Re: Vatican and Uffizi Museums

by TheWanderingCamel

Booking your ticket online or by phone is really advisable, but even that won't save you queuing completely - it will just put you in the shorter queue of pre-booked ticket holders as opposed to the loooong queue of those who didn't get their act together before they left for Italy.

Pre-booking will involve a service fee.

To book in advance:

The Uffizi - Call 055-294-883 (outside Italy, dial country-code 39 before that local number and drop the 0) or visit the Florence museums' website

This is the official museum site. Tickets are available through other agencies that have official selling status but they may charge more for the tickets and a higher service fee.

The same goes for the Vatican. To book through the Vatican site go to

Re: Vatican and Uffizi Museums

by jnogen

Thanks Wandering Camel for your response,it's our first trip to Italy and
we do appreciate your advice and these forums in general (thanks VT)

Re: Vatican and Uffizi Museums

by Lacristina

Just to add to Mr Camel's advice...if you show up at the Uffizi and there's no line at all in the regular line, just go right in and buy a ticket, without picking up your reservation. That way, you don't have to pay the extra for your reservation. The same is true for making reservations at the Accademia with Michelangelo's David.

While I can't tell you exactly what things will be like in March, I'm here in Rome now, and I've been to the Vatican museums twice, including this morning. I was shocked. I got there at about 8:35 (they open at 9:00) and there was no line at all! Last Saturday I took some visiting friends there at 2 p.m. and again, no line at all. I'm not sure what to make of it...if the reservation system is keeping down the lines, or the recession, or both.

Re: Vatican and Uffizi Museums

by jnogen

Thanks Cristina for your info,we're hoping for short lines if possible and try
to visit as many places as possible during our short visit to Rome.
Thanks again

Re: Vatican and Uffizi Museums

by gfinesilver

short lines at ufizzi usually around lunch time. so you can check it out to see if it is indeed shorter then you don't have to pay the reservation fee.
and if the line is too long, then you can go to an office at the backside of Orsanmichele church and they will make the reservation for you, maybe even the same day.

Re: Vatican and Uffizi Museums

by TheWanderingCamel

I think visitors are going to find a lot of shorter lines around this year. The recession is definitely biting into tourist numbers.

Travel Tips for Rome

The Pantheon

by pili

This is one of the best kept of Roman monuments, built by Agripa in 27 (b.c.). Inside you can find the tombs of Rafael and the kings of Italy, like Vittorio Emanuele.-

Mandado construir por Agripa (27 d.c.) es uno de las más magníficas edificaciones romanas que ha sobrevivido casi intacta hasta nuestros días. En su interior se encuentran las tumbas del pintor Rafael y de los reyes de Italia.- It´s an amazing building, with an incredible construction if you think that it is a very ancient building.

Es una edificio asombroso por lo perfecto de su construcción teniendo en cuenta la antiguedad que tiene. Tiene una abertura en su cúpula que es por donde entra la única luz que recibe el recinto.

Isola Tiberina & San Bartolomeo all'Isola

by MM212

A tiny island in the Tiber River, Isola Tiberina, is wedged between Trastevere and the Ghetto part of Rome. The island has been inhabited since ancient times and contained the Temple of Aesculapius. The 10th church of San Bartolomeo all'Isola was built on the ruins of this temple. Connecting the Ghetto with the island is Rome's oldest bridge that is still in use, Ponte Fabricio. It was built in 62 BC and is now only a footbridge.

Looking for dinner?

by gambadilegno

If you want to eat very good italian food, - move to Trastevere, a districtof the city rome. You have a great eligibility of restaurants, but very often you have to look for a longer time to find a place to seat and enjoy.

Excellent Local (non-tourist) Restaurant

by LuckyVirgo13 about Il Ristorantino

We discovered this restaurant by default (we could see the table umbrellas from our hotel room!)...and are we sure glad we did! The food is excellent and the prices are very reasonable (about 7 Euros for most main dishes). The service is wonderful and the staff is very friendly. We ate there twice during our week's stay in Rome and both times, we were very pleased with the meal and the service we received. It's an eclectic crowd...from the young couple who live in the area, to the table full of businessmen, to the policemen who stopped by to pick up to-go orders. We only saw one table of tourists in there the first night...a bunch of Italian guys from New Jersey. This is their favorite restaurant in Rome and whenever they visit, they eat here several times during their stay. I can see why...this place is great! Seating is either indoors or outside and the restaurant is non-smoking. Gabriel is the waiter who works out on the patio and is just as nice as can be! He enjoyed telling us about his wonderful city and, in turn, asked us a ton of questions about the United States and California. It's not on the menu but we asked if we could have pesto sauce with the ravioli instead of the red sauce that's listed in the menu. It was excellent! We also had the pasta with salmon, which was also great. Their version of creme brulee was wonderful!

Jubilee Church : Exterior

by JoostvandenVondel

The Jubilee Church, or La Chiesa del Dio Padre Misericordioso, is one of churches built during the archdiocese of Rome's "50 Churches for Rome 2000" project to mark the third millennium as well as to give the modern Roman suburbs a number of dignified places of worship. This church in particular is located in the non-descript neighbourhood of Tor Tre Teste which is located about ten kilometres east of the historical centre of Rome.

It is the third ecclesiastical work by architect Richard Meier who was awarded the commission to build the church in 1996. Contruction began in 1998 and the church was officially opened in October, 2003.

It is situated on a flat, triangular site from which three huge arched concrete shells soar into the blue sky. One could say that these arched shells represent three white sails bravely guiding the Church into the third millennium. The sail-like structure reminds the visitor of the architectual term for the body of a church, the nave (which itself is a nautical term). A community centre is also attached to the building making it a meeting point for both spiritual and secular purposes.

I visited the Jubilee Church with a friend of mine who is not a practising Catholic, but an admirer of architecture. Both of us were overwhelmed by the beauty of this structure. The initial strike of wonder is experienced as you make your way through a fairly banal housing project and up the road where you start to catch a glimpse of the magnificant white base followed by the glorious arches. The visitor reaches the top of the gentle hill on which the church is located and experiences the sense of an assembly space in front of the building which reminds one of the medieval functions of a church: an area where people gathered together. Take a walk around the building to witness the incredible smoothness of the arches and its dignified lines. (more details about the interior on the following page)

Although it is a small adventure to get to this church, if you have a little extra time in Rome, or are in the city on a second or third visit, I highly recommend venturing east to find this gem of contemporary architecture!

Church open from 7:30 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:30 (check web-site for mass times)


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