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How to buy tickets to the main monuments in Italy?

Today we are going to talk about buying tickets in advance, because I know that there are several doubts relative this matter and, for that reason, today we chose to talk about it. Is it worth it? Do I really need to buy before travelling? Is it more expensive or cheaper than buying once I’m there? Will I have to take the line to enter the attraction even with the ticket purchased online? Well, below we list some questions and answers pertinent to this subject. Are you ready? Do we know how to buy tickets to the main monuments in Italy? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

Is it worth buying tickets before? The answer to that question is a plain and round YES! But there are some advices. At the top of the European summer (between June and August), for example, even with the advance ticket in hand, it is very likely that you will find a long line to enter the place, but you certainly will not have to face two lines: one to buy the ticket and another one to enter, so: yes! Buy the ticket in advance!

Tip

  • On the first Sunday of the month, the monuments are usually free, but precisely because of that the lines are huge and, yet, for some of them you need to make the reservation before via website!

Do I really need to buy in advance?

Not convinced yet, are you? Well, it’s a good idea buy your ticket in advance! Another idea, if you do not want to buy the ticket online, is to buy in advance directly in the monument box office, like two or three days before the visit. It is worth remembering, however, that some attractions only sell tickets online, while others only sell locally; organize your time and find out how the attraction you want to see works.

Is it more expensive or cheaper than buying on the spot?

It is more expensive, but nothing absurd. Generally, online ticket purchase sites charge a commission that can vary from 2 to 5 Euros for the online purchases. In fact it ends up being an investment because when you arrive at the place and walk through the long lines, you will see that it was the best thing you did!

Will I take the line to enter the attraction even with the ticket purchased over the internet?

Perhaps, some places work by appointment, others have a limit of visitors within the attraction and others have a maximum length of staying inside the monument, so the flow of people, even if huge, becomes much faster; So, with the ticket in hand, the waiting time, even if there is one, will be reduced in relation to those who still need to buy the ticket – that’s the trick! 😉

Watch this video and find out: What tickets do I need to buy in advance in Italy?

I am going to list here (by city) which are the main attractions that get more crowded, with long lines, and what is the website to buy the ticket online, ok?!

1) How to buy tickets to the main monuments in Italy? ROME

Do you know the Roma Pass? Is it worth buying the Roma Pass? YES. For the convenience of not having to worry about buying tickets to attractions and public transport tickets all the time. A practical and economical way is to buy the Roma Pass. Find out all about Rome Pass here on Traveling to Italy 😉 LEARN MORE ABOUTE ROME!

» Rome – Coliseum / Roman Forum

The Coliseum is the most visited monument in Italy and is always full of tourists. It is worth remembering that, for security reasons, a maximum of 3.000 people are allowed to enter at the same time, which means that you may find some line to enter there, even with early admission, there is a short wait! It is also normal that, before entering the Coliseum, your backpacks and / or bags, go through an inspection! The Roman Forum was the landmark of the social, political and economic life of the “eternal city”, in addition to being the greatest symbol of the ancient Roman Empire. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLISEUM!

  • Enter the Coliseum Official Website clicking here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): 16.00 Euros per person with an extra 2 Euros fee for online purchase.
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  • For Groups Tour I recommend you buying the tour with a guided visit: Click Here!

» Rome – Borghese Gallery

Another museum worth visiting is the Borghese Gallery, located inside Villa Borghese Pinciana, in Rome. This beautiful property was an initial possession of the Borghese family, whose other lands were gradually attached to the constitution of a huge park. Click here and learn more about the Borghese Gallery.

  • Enter the Official Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): from 15.00 Euros per person.
  • Buying your ticket with our partner is faster and easier: Clicking Here
  • For Groups Tour I recommend you buying the tour with a guided visit and ticket: Click Here!

About Borghese Gallery

The museum displays works by great artists of the caliber of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Raphael, Lorenzo Lotto, Antonello da Messina, Annibale Carracci, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian and others. The gallery can be considered unique in the world with regard to the number and importance of Bernini’s sculptures and Caravaggio’s paintings.

The Borghese Gallery’s original sculptures and paintings are from the collection of Cardinal Scipione (1579-1633), son of Ortensia Borghese, sister of Pope Paul V, but the events of the following three centuries, between losses and acquisitions, left their mark. Don’t miss the series of sculptures made for the cardinal by the young Gian Lorenzo Bernini, such as ‘Aeneas’, ‘The Abduction of Proserpina’, ‘Apollo and Daphne’, ‘David’, and ‘Profane Love’ by Titian; masterpieces by Caravaggio and the famous statue of Paolina Bonaparte, by Antonio Canova. There are also the famous masterpieces of Caravaggio, including the ‘sick Bacchino’, the ‘Boy with the fruit basket,’ David with the Head of Goliath ‘,’ Saint John the Baptist ‘,’ Saint Jerome ‘, and even works by Correggio, Rubens and many others.

To visit the Borghese Gallery, reservations are always required. The available hours are: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. (access every two hours, last entry at 5:00 pm).

2) How to buy tickets for the main monuments in Italy? VATICAN CITY

If you are interested in Religious Tourism be sure to read our Special Posts below:

» Vatican – Vatican Museums / Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums are in 5th place as the most visited museums in the world! Known as Museums of the Pope”, the same goes for the stunning Sistine Chapel: a symbol of beauty and art, the chapel is always full of tourists. Note that visits are by appointment and the sale of tickets is made only online! Read this Special Post from How do I book tickets to the Vatican Museum online?

  • Enter the Vatican’s official website and make your purchase safely. Ticket price (*): 17.00 Euros per person with an additional 4 Euros for online purchase. Total: 21 Euros.
  • Buying your ticket with our partner is faster and easier: Clicking Here
  • For Groups Tour I recommend buying the tour with a guided visit and tickts: Click Here!

Important

  • Remember that the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of the Roma Pass circuit.
  • See the options with Ticketbar to purchase the Vatican & Rome Card, clicking here!

» Vatican – Saint Peter’s Basilica

The symbolic church of Catholicism in Italy can have huge lines. One of the most popular tourist spots in Rome, the Basilica is famous worldwide for being the place where the Pope celebrates important dates for Catholics, praying in front of thousands of people; it is also where the bodies of other Popes are buried, including that of Pope John Paul II. SEE THE ST. PETER’S BASILICA HERE!

  • The entrance to the Basilica is free; the ticket here will only be used to enter another priority line, without having to take the longest one, like an official “skip the line”.
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Attention

  • Very important warn: men and women should not have their shoulders and legs exposed. It is customary to bar the entry of people with clothing considered inappropriate!
  • Even online, tickets sell out quickly, so the sooner you make a purchase, the better to guarantee yours.

3) How to buy tickets to the main monuments in Italy? MILAN

Now let’s go to imposing Milan, see here everything about the main monuments of this fascinating metropolis. LEARN MORE ABOUT MILAN!

» Milan – Duomo

The most famous and visited tourist spot in Milan is, with no doubt, the Duomo, the beautiful Cathedral in Gothic style is the center of attention of the Italian capital of fashion. The tour, which, depending on the ticket, includes a visit to the church terraces and the museum, is extremely disputed and the lines to buy the ticket in loco are kilometers long, including due to the strict security control. The Duomo does not have an official ticket sales website, but with a quick search on the internet, you can find the service available.

  • Enter the Official Tickets Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): from 9.00 Euros per person.
  • For Groups Tour (include Duomo e The last Supper) I recommend buying the tour with a guided visit: Click here!

» Milan – Cenacolo (The Last Supper)

From Leonardo Da Vinci, the work of the Last Supper is one of Milan’s main attractions. Entry to the site is made in groups of a maximum of 25 people and only with the purchase of the online ticket. It does not open every day, so before you book, check your travel agenda. It is important to note that the ticket is combined: in addition to the entrance to the museum, where the main works are, there are options to choose from to visit other museums such as the Pinacoteca of Brera or the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, as well as choosing to visit the museum terraces or other artistic exhibitions taking place on the site. Are you going to visit Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper in Milan? Click here!

  • Enter the Official Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): from 8.00 Euros per person.
  • Buying your ticket with our partner is faster and easier: Clicking Here!
  • For Groups Tour (include Duomo e The last Supper) I recommend buying the tour with a guided visit: Click here!

4) How to buy tickets for the main monuments in Italy? FLORENCE

Learn more about Florence, click here!

» Florence – Galleria Degli Uffizzi (Gallery od Crafts)

Florence is a romantic city, much sought after for its wineries and beautiful scenery. It is also where the Gallery of Crafts is, famous for hosting famous works by Botticelli, Giotto and Michelangelo. From the Renaissance era, it is one of the most beautiful museums in Italy and also works by appointment. LET’S LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GALLERY OF CRAFTS? 

  • Enter the Official Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): from 16.50 Euros per person.
  • Buying your ticket with our partner is faster and easier, Clicking Here!
  • For Groups Tour I recommend buying the tour with a guided visit: Click here!

» Florence – Galleria Dell´Accademia (Academia Gallery)

The Academia Gallery houses many important works and thousands of tourists visit the museum each year especially to admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces, among them the Slaves, St Matthew, and, above all, the magnificent statue of David, located in the Tribune that was built specifically to accommodate the masterpiece after it was transferred from Piazza della Signoria.

The other rooms of the museum are home to important works by great Florentine artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, Bronzino, Allessando Allori and Orcagna, just to name a few.

  • Enter the Official Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): from 12.00 Euros per person.
  • Buying your ticket with our partner is faster and easier: Clicking Here!
  • For Groups Tour I recommend buying the tour with a guided visit and tickts: Click here!

» Florence – Dome of Florence Cathedral (The Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral)

The cathedral is located in the square of the same name and is the postcard of the city, in addition to being one of the symbols of Italy. Entrance to the Cathedral of Florence is free and usually during the week the opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm – it is always good to confirm the time on the official website of the Cathedral as the time can change for reasons of religious celebrations. On Sundays the Cathedral usually opens after 1:30 pm.

The Highlight of this Monument

The highlight of this monument is the Brunelleschi dome. It is possible to climb the huge dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, built over 16 years (1420-1436). Brunelleschi’s work is still known as the largest dome made of existing masonry with its 45.5 meters in diameter. During the climb of the dome it is possible to admire a magnificent spectacle very close: a huge fresco of the Last Judgment made by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari made between the years 1572 and 1579. If you feel strong enough and do not suffer from panic or vertigo, the challenge is to overcome the 463 narrow steps and climb the dome: the view is incomparable.

Entrance to the Duomo is free, but if you want to visit the Baptistery, the Duomo Museum, climb the dome and Giotto’s bell tower, the single ticket is valid for 24 hours.

  • Enter the Official Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): 18,00 Euros per person.
  • Buying your ticket with our partner is faster and easier: Clicking Here!
  • For Groups Tour I recommend buying the tour with a guided visit and ticket: Click here!

5) How to buy tickets to the main monuments in Italy? PISA

With its 251 steps to the top of the famous, and leaning, Tower of Pisa is one of the most sought after tourist spots in Italy. The visit is quick, lasts about 35 minutes, but the view from the top is impressive! In the summer months, from June to the end of August, it is suggested that you buy the ticket in advance to avoid lines. HOW TO VISIT PISA IN ONE DAY?

  • Enter the Official Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): from 18.00 Euros per person.
  • Buying your ticket with our partner is faster and easier: Clicking Here!
  • For Groups Tour I recommend buying the tour with a guided visit and ticket: Click here!

6) How to buy tickets to the main monuments in Italy? POMPEII

Famous archaeological site, Pompeii is known as the petrified city. After a violent eruption of Vesuvius, the city remained under ashes, until it was ‘rediscovered’, by chance, in 1748. Pompeii is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is only 22 km from Naples. Visits do not have to be by appointment, but it is recommended to buy the ticket in advance. It is an invaluable open-air museum and highly sought after by tourists from all over the world. HOW TO KNOW POMPEIA IN ONE DAY?

  • Enter the Official Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): from 12.00 Euros per person.
  • Buying your ticket with our partner is faster and easier: Clicking Here!
  • For Groups Tour I recommend buying the tour with a guided visit: Click here!

7) How to buy tickets for the main monuments in Italy? VENICE

Now let’s learn how to buy tickets to the main monuments of Serenissima Venice. LEARN MORE ABOUT VENICE!

» Venice – Doge’s Palace

A Venetian Gothic symbol, the Doge’s Palace is one of the most famous and visited places in Italy. One of the highlights of the visit is the so-called ‘Porta della Carta’, a monumental gate in the late Gothic style that sits in the square, next to the palace. It was the seat of the Venetian Magistracy and its construction was completed in 1424. The ticket is also valid for the other museums in St. Mark’s Square, such as the Correr Museum, Archaeological Museum and the National Marciana Library. LET’S VISIT THE DUCAL PALACE? OR VISIT VENICE IN ONE DAY?

  • Enter the Official Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): from 12.00 Euros per person.
  • Buying your ticket with our partner is faster and easier: Clicking Here! For the Ducal Palace and Secret Itineraries, then buy your ticket with our partner Ticket bar, Clicking Here!

» Venice – St. Mark’s Basilica

The most famous church in Venice enchants for its beautiful structure and history. Since 1807 it has been the seat of the Roman archdiocese in Venice and has been mentioned numerous times in films, books, plays and operas. The mosaics inside the church are beautiful and unique. It is worth noting the following: the tickets to the Basilica are sold just for 7 months a year (from April 1st to November 2nd), the high season. There are no tickets to skip the line during the low season.! Another important thing: to visit the church bell, you pay a little more, but the visit worth it! LET’S LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ST. MARK’S BASILICA?

  • Enter the Official Website here for a secure purchase. Ticket price (*): from 12.00 Euros per person.
  • And if you prefer to do with a travel guide (and ticket) book now:  Clicking Here

Important information

  • (*) Approximate ticket prices were verified in 2020. Prices shown in this post may change without notice.

Conclusion

Buying tickets online makes our lives a lot easier! It’s easier, quicker, safer, but pay attention to attractions by appointment: delays are not tolerated and most tickets are non-refundable. If it is not possible to buy your tickets online, never, under any circumstances, buy tickets from people close to the attractions. They can be non-official and you can be fooled! Face the line but, on the next trip, remember this post! Italy is beautiful and wonderful to be explored, discover other options of Itineraries in Italy, clicking here “Example of Itineraries in Italy“.



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