Free admission to many galleries and cultural sites is available to youths under 18 and seniors over 65 years. EU citizens aged between 18 and 25 also often qualify for a 50% discount.
In many towns – Siena and San Gimignano included – you can save money by purchasing a biglietto cumulativo, a ticket that allows admission to a number of associated sights for less than the combined cost of separate admission fees.
Youth, Student & Teacher Cards
- The European Youth Card (Carta Giovani Europea; www.eyca.org/card/kiosk; €14, depending on place of purchase) is available to anyone, worldwide, under 30. It offers thousands of discounts at Italian hotels, museums, restaurants, shops and clubs, and can be bought online.
- Student, teacher or youth travel cards (www.isic.org) can save you money on accommodation, travel, food and drink. They're available online and worldwide from student unions, hostelling organisations and youth travel agencies such as STA Travel (www.statravel.com). Options include the International Student Identity Card (ISIC; for full-time students), International Teacher Identity Card (for full-time teachers) and the International Youth Travel Card (for travellers under 31).
- Many places in Italy give discounts according to age rather than student status. An ISIC may not always be accepted without proof of age (eg passport).
When in Florence, consider purchasing a Firenze Card (€72; www.firenzecard.it), which is valid for 72 hours and covers admission to 72 museums, villas and gardens in Florence, as well as unlimited use of public transport and free wi-fi.