What is the Firenze Card?
The Firenze Card is an admission ticket to all the major attractions in Florence. It also lets you skip the line without a reservation. The card has only one version. It is valid for 72 hours from when it is first validated. The Firenze Card costs €72 for access to 72 museums and attractions around the city.
For an extra €5 you can upgrade to a Firenze+ Card which gives you unlimited access to ATAF and Linea bus lines, and unlimited city WiFi access while the card is active. But the Firenze card does not include airport transfers.
Reasons why it would be worth buying a Firenze Card
You can plan your Florence trip as you go
Due to the priority access with Firenze card, there is no need to make reservations. This means that you can visit the different attractions when you want to and not have any deadlines, and this is a good option if you want to go with the flow of the days.
It is important to note however that some attractions like the Duomo dome climb need a reservation regardless of whether you have a Firenze Card.
Get WiFi access throughout Florence
If you want to stay connected throughout your stay then the extra money for unlimited city WiFi access is worth it. Technically everybody can connect to this network, but you would be limited to one hour a day without paying for the card.
Perfect for summer / high season visits
Like most European destinations, the main attractions in Florence are known for having long waiting times to get in, and in summer this can be made even worse in the heat. If you don't want to wait around, and you are not worried about your budget, then priority access with the Firenze card is worth it. This also generally applies to weekends. If you were planning on visiting in the low seasons or late in the day, then skipping the lines probably wouldn't be as much of a problem for your trip, and therefore not worth the money.
You can pack a lot in 3 days in Florence
If you are staying in Florence for at least three days, and want to fit as much as possible into your stay, then it is probably a good idea to buy the Firenze Card. Not only will you be able to skip the lines at some of the busiest attractions, you will be able to see more things in the time you save. If you have a large list of places you want to visit that aren't just the main ones, and are determined to do it in the time you have, then the Firenze card will be your new favourite travel companion.
Reasons why it would NOT be worth buying a Firenze Card
You are in Florence for less than 3 days
Obviously the best way to get value for money when using the Firenze card is if you are Florence for the full 72 hours or more, so if you only have one or two days planned there for sightseeing then it is not worth buying. It would also not be worth buying if you were there for three days but some of the attractions you were wanting to see were closed, so it would be important to check opening times before purchasing a Firenze Card.
If you are staying in the centre of the city
Florence is generally a great place to get around on foot, so if you are staying in the centre of the city close to the attractions you want to see then paying extra for buses you might not use is not worth it. If you do want to go to places slightly further away like the Piazzale Michelangelo then it will only cost you around €1.20 to get there on one of the public buses.
If you want to enjoy each thing individually
If you enjoy wandering and travelling at your own pace, cramming as many things as possible into three days to make the most out of your money is not going to suit your travel needs. If you have a lot of time, no set plan, and don't mind what you see in the time you have, then don't bother buying the Firenze Card.
If you plan to see only the main Florence attractions
One of the main features of the Firenze Card is that it will save you time to see all the things you want to see, but if for example you only want to visit the main galleries like the Uffizi and the Accademia, then it would be a lot more economical just to pay for those attractions individually. If you only want to see these things, but don't feel like waiting in big lines for hours, it is possible to book a time slot in advance for a small reservation fee, and then you are not waiting in the main ticketing line anyway. For example if you wanted to see the Uffizi, the Accademia, and all of the attractions in the Piazza Duomo, you could reserve spaces for all of them and still only pay around €45 including reservation fees.
- To figure out if it is worth buying the Firenze card for you trip to Florence, it is important to plan ahead and decide what you want to see in the time you have.
- The Firenze Card can be a great way to see many of the things that Florence has to offer in a short amount of time, but whether it is worth buying for your trip will be based on how long you are staying, what you want to see, and what kind of traveller you are.
It depends on what you plan to do in Florence. If you’re aiming at seeing museums and arts, absolutely yes! You only have to remember that the climbing of the Brunelleschi’s Dome requires a reservation. Without that, you won’t go anywhere.
Alternatively, if you’re not sure whether visiting museums will be your primary activity, you should consider not buying it in order not to spend money for museums you’re not going to visit.