Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
FLORENCE

'Fast-track' unofficial Uffizi tickets spark controversy

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Florence, August 21 - A number of associations and
lone entrepreneurs are offering tourists who want to visit
Florence's Uffizi Museum special packages which cost three times
the amount of a regular ticket but enable them to avoid long
waiting lines to visit one of the world's most famous galleries,
Corriere Fiorentino, the local insert of Corriere della Sera,
reported on Wednesday.
A ticket to visit the Uffizi costs 6.50 euros plus four
euros for a reservation - though the price is currently 11 euros
because a ticket gives access to an exhibit in Palazzo Pitti as
well.
An increasing number of tourists however have reportedly
been offered 35-euro packages allegedly including a tour guide
which, the local paper reports, are only tailor-made to skip
lines which during the peak of the summer season can stretch
until the Arno River.
The museum has posted signs warning visitors that tickets
sold at a higher price than those listed on the billboard have
nothing to do with the museum's administration.
However, no further action has been taken so far as the
tickets offered in the packages have been regularly purchased
online at their standard price.
"This market is not worthy of a civilized country," said
Uffizi Director Antonio Natali, adding he consulted lawyers to
see whether the museum could take action against the practice.
"We are bothered by this but everything appears to be
legal," said Cristina Acidini, Florence cultural heritage
superintendent, adding she found particularly disturbing that
the fast-track tickets were being offered in front of the
gallery.
Some packages however are reportedly now being sold online.

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