FAQs on Italy and her Museums
With such a wealth of heritage in the Arts, it is no wonder that Italy is home to over 250 museums that showcase artifacts of their culture. With such a rich heritage there are many people who get confused with what to visit and how much time to spend in each location. Although your trip should be based solely on your schedule and interests, here are a few questions that some people asked.
I don’t have a long holiday. Is it possible to visit many museums in the same day?
Unless you can be in different places at the same time, we do not advise you to do that. It is an ambitious plan that may backfire. With so many museums to see, you should take into account travel time to other museums and travel time within the museum itself. Many of these museums are quite large, and holding so many masterpieces will definitely rake up your time if you want to appreciate them.
2. My dad has to travel in a wheelchair. Are the museums wheelchairs friendly and is there a long queue for him?
Many wheelchair services are on a first come, first served basis but the good point is if you’re certified disabled you don’t have to stand in line! All you have to do is to head to the front of the queue and show the disabled card.
3. Can I rent an audio guide in the museums?
Yes, in most museums an audio guide will be available. We would however advise you to check online prior to your visit. Many smaller sized museums may not have this feature.
4. Is it allowed to take pictures inside the museums?
Yes, it is permissible in certain museums. You are not allowed to take pictures in museums like Uffizi or Academia in Florence. You may need to request permission prior to your visit. Photography is allowed in the Vatican apart from the Sistine Chapel where absolutely no photography is permitted. The ‘No tripod, no flash’ rule is mostly applicable everywhere.
5. Why are there such long queues in the entrance to museums?
Well, just like you, there are many other people who wish to visit the museum. Keeping that in mind, it may be a better option to buy your tickets online and save yourself the hassle. However, for those travelers whose schedules are tentative or want to save on the online taxes and fees may stand in queue. A lot of museums have to follow a certain law that is based on the amount of exits and entrances in a museum. For e.g., only 900 people may be inside the Uffizi museum at any time. This will cause a line up even for those holding an advance ticket.
6. What is the best time of the day to visit museums?
Depending upon the amount of time you have, you can start fresh in the morning to beat the crowds and get your quality time with the masterpieces, or you can wait until after lunch at 1-3 pm where the visitor count drops.
We hope that the above questions help you in deciding your schedule for your museum visits and wish you a beautiful stay in Italy.