Museum Crowd Strategies (was Parking outside of Venice, Italy)
Posted on Jul 02, 2013 by
Thanks for the parking information. In the end we`ve decided to just use the trains from Rome all the way up to Venice. We may pick up a rental car at the end of our Venice sojourn at the Piazzale Roma.
Because I can`t stand dealing with the crowds, I make it a general policy never to visit Italy in the summer, but a confluence of circumstances has caused me to plan a 2½ week trip smack dab in the middle of July. Most of the details are already planned, but I do have a couple of strategic questions on dealing with museums, lines, and crowds.
Is there a good strategy for seeing the Vatican, specifically the Sistine Chapel, without a multi-hour wait? Same for the Coliseum. I have already reserved tickets in Florence for L`Accademia and the Uffizi. They don`t seem to take reservations for the Medici Chapels. Is this correct and is there a way to ensure admission without a long wait?
Finally, (the primary reason for the trip), my sister and brother-in-law are celebrating their joint birthdays on July 18, 19 in Venice, right during the Feast of the Redemptor. Short of spending 300€ or more for a dinner table seat with view of the Basin, is there any reasonable strategy for watching the boat parade in the evening, besides jostling with the 1000s of people in Saint Mark`s Squarezz? The birthday party now numbers 13, consisting of 10 adults and 3 children under the age of 12.