Hotel La Vecchia Cartiera

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Via Oberdam 5/7/9, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Tuscany, 53034, Italy
Hotel La Vecchia Cartiera
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Costs 38% less and rated 12% higher than other 3 star hotels

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by Mercu

Hi everybody!! We are two friends visiting Florence in a week (from 29th March to 5th April. We have been told that there are very long queues to buy the tickets for the Uffizzi gallery. What do you recommend us? What is the best time to go there to buy the tickets? Is it possible to buy them in advance? Thanks a lot for your help.

Re: Uffizzi

by leics

I strongly recommend that you buy your tickets online.

Queues can indeed be very long. It is pure chance if you go and find they are not: they have certainly been so every time I have wandered past (out of season).

You will be in Florence over Easter weekend: it will be packed with people.

You can buy tickets through various agencies such as but this is the official site for advance onine purchase:

Re: Uffizzi

by von.otter

Follow the advice of the answer above: buy your ticket for your visit to the Ufizzi before you arrive in Florence. This museum is brimming with outstanding art; you do not want to spend time waiting in a queue when you can spend it enjoying beauty.

Re: Uffizzi

by cmcard2

I agree on the Uffizi.

You are going at a good time and the lines should not be long. You can make the reservation in advance, or they can make them for you at the hotel when you arrive.

Make certain that you go to the Accadamia and see the statue of David!

Enjoy Firenza, just a great city that is easy to see on foot.

Re: Uffizzi

by Mercu

Thank you very much to all of you. I have tried to follow your advice but there aren't any available tickets for that time so I am afraid I will have to make long cues and if I am lucky I will be able to buy them. Grazie!!!

Re: Uffizzi

by leics

I suspect that is because you are there over Easter.

Did you try several different days and times? Might be worth changing your plans a bit to avoid the inevitable huge queues.

Otherwise, get there well before opening time or late in the afternoon. Queues may (may) be slightly shorter then, although going later has the disadvantage of limiting your time inside.

Re: Uffizzi

by jumper7

I was also unable to buy tickets on line for my dates April 6, 7, 8th. I was able to call the Museums number and get reservations for my first request date and time. We will pay cash for the tickets when we arrive 1/2 hour before the time we were given. The number is 055 294883. Good luck

Re: Uffizzi

by Mercu

Thanks again to all of you for your help. I will try to phone tomorrow. Muchas gracias!!!!

Travel Tips for Florence

Having VT Withdrawals ??

by sue_stone

If you find yourself having VT withdrawals then get yourself to an Internet Cafe fast!!!

A good one that I have found is Internet Train. It is an Italian wide chain, with 13 branches in Florence.

Once you register with them, you can then go online at any of their branches with ease, as you can store credit on a handy plastic card that you are issued with.

We visited the branch at Via dell'Oriuolo 40r to catch up on emails and of course VT!!

Mercato Nuovo

by Gypsystravels

The leather goods here are of top quality. Bargin the merchants for your desired article (make sure to pay by cash). Credit cards are accepted by many of the merchants, but you will get a better deal if you pay by cash. Watching my mother touch "Il Porcellino" for a bit of good luck.


by sue_stone

Located as close as only 30kms south of Florence is the magical Chianti region of Tuscany. This famous region is home to a large chunk of Tuscany's wine production, and its stunning countryside is easily accessible from Florence as a day trip (particularly if you have a car).

The best way to explore Chianti is to make a start driving along the SS222, stopping at places like Castellina & Greve along the way. Then, time permitting, take a drive along some of the lesser roads and explore villages like Lamole and Montefioralle. Most towns/villages will offer the chance for wine tasting and purchasing at one of their many wine shops.

Make sure you head to some secluded restaurant for lunch, taste some fresh local cuisine and sample a glass or two of Chianti Classico (not too much if you are the driver please!)

Bar snacks!

by sue_stone about Rex Bar

We discovered Rex bar, and ended up there 3 nights in a row on our first visit to Florence, and we went back there again on our recent trip.

This is a funky bar serving delicious martini's or whatever your favourite tipple is

But the main draw card here is the copious amounts of free bar snacks on offer.

One night we just ate bar snacks for dinner...

Get there early so you don't miss out!! Smart casual should do it - though there didn't appear to be any dress code.

A good not expensive restaurant


This restaurant is not realy in the historical center of Florence, but from the Duomo it's about 5 minutes by foot.
The place is nice and very clean and waiters are very friendly and professional.

***Last time I ate there: 04/2007***
***Number of times I ate there: 1*** Of course, you can taste here the famous and traditional "Fiorentina" (the big big big beefsteack). If you think you'll feel too "heavy" after that you can also try the "Primi" (1st courses) with homemade pasta. Pizza only in the evening. In case you would like to drink wine, you can ask either a glass or a bottle of local wine (delicious!).


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Address: Via Oberdam 5/7/9, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Tuscany, 53034, Italy