If museums are your thing (you can’t go to Italy without going to a museum or two), you can often save time and money, buy purchasing a multi-museum pass for the city you are visiting. Rome, Florence, and Venice all offer city passes. In Florence and Rome, it will also give you unlimited use of the public transportation.
Keep in mind that many of these museums require advance booking as well. As fun as it is travel without an agenda or schedule, if you really want to see certain master pieces of Italian art, you must book in advance.
If you’re going to Rome, purchase a Roma pass. A Rome Pass is good for entrance into two museums, and access to public transportation for three days from the date of activation. Use it for places like the Colosseum, and the Palantine Hill, where lines are always long. The Roma Pass will allow you to walk right to the front of the line.
I purchased a Roma Pass at a tourist information booth while in Rome, and paid 25 euros. On the website, romapass.it, you’ll pay 34 euros. I have no ideas if that’s the case this year, but it was last year.
In Florence a pass will cost you 72 euros, and is good for 72 hours from the first use or activation. This card will be worth every euro as you won’t have to wait in long lines at wildly popular museums like the Ufizzi and the Galleria dell’Accademia. And it will allow you to see the permanent as well as any traveling exhibitions. Your feet will thank you too.
The Firenze Card also comes with access to the public transportation in Florence.
Visit Firenze Card.
In Venice you can buy The ‘All Venice Civic Museums’ pass gives entry to all Civic Museums in Venice: Basilica San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Ca’ Rezzonico, Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo e Centro di Studi di storia del tessuto e del costume, Casa di Carlo Coldoni, and the Murano Glass Museum.