What’s new in Italy for 2013

Italy has more of Europe’s cultural heritage than any other country — and the Italians are doing a fine job of sharing it with their visitors. Here is the latest, gleaned from my guidebook research for 2013:

When in Rome

Rome has made visiting the Vatican Museum easier. You can often buy same-day, skip-the-line tickets from the tourist-information office in St. Peter’s Square; it will cost the same price you’d pay if you had reserved online (15-euro ticket plus 4-euro reservation fee).

Florence sights

Massive crowds line up to see Florence’s cathedral — the Duomo — which is free to enter. Here’s how to skip the line: If you’re planning to visit the cathedral-related sights — the Duomo Museum, Baptistery and Campanile — that require a combo ticket to see, buy your ticket first at the less-crowded museum. You’re allowed to use it to enter through the cathedral’s exit, bypassing the lines at the front door.

Florence’s Uffizi Gallery is undergoing a massive, years-long renovation that bodes well for travelers. Although a few rooms are off-limits, many more rooms have been opened to the public, such as the Caravaggio Rooms and the new “Foreign Painters Section,” featuring mostly Dutch/Flemish painters (including Rembrandt) with some Spanish and French artists.

What’s new in Italy for 2013 | Travel | The Seattle Times http://seattletimes.com/html/travel/2019995533_italystevesxml.html

Rome’s St. Peter’s Square is eternal — but can change to accommodate the needs of busy tourists. The square’s tourist-information office often offers same-day tickets to the adjacent Vatican Museum.

Rome’s St. Peter’s Square is eternal — but can change to accommodate the needs of busy tourists. The square’s tourist-information office often offers same-day tickets to the adjacent Vatican Museum.

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