Uf­fizi aims at curb­ing big crowds

Times Colonist - - Travel -

ROME — The Uf­fizi Gal­leries in Florence are aim­ing to dis­cour­age vis­i­tor over­crowd­ing and ticket scalpers.

Di­rec­tor Eike Schmidt says Italy’s most-vis­ited art mu­seum is meet­ing with the gov­ern­ment of­fice that pro­tects cit­i­zen pri­vacy on how to use pur­chasers’ ID pho­tos to thwart scalpers look­ing to re­sell tick­ets at ex­or­bi­tant prices.

Schmidt also told for­eign me­dia in Rome that the mu­seum is work­ing with an Ital­ian univer­sity on al­go­rithms to bet­ter man­age crowds, who mass in front of mas­ter­pieces by such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Bot­ti­celli.

On peak days, more than 10,000 vis­i­tors en­ter the gal­leries.

He’s also in­tent on slash­ing en­trance wait-times, not­ing that a re­cent hol­i­day saw lines of more than four hours. Schmidt noted the crowd­ing also raises ter­ror­ism con­cerns.

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