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Museum jump-the-queue tickets being investigated

Price gouging suspected

Museum jump-the-queue tickets being investigated

Florence, August 27 - Reports that tour guides and touts are charging inflated ticket prices to tourists anxious to jump the queue at such world famous venues as the Uffizi Gallery will be investigated, Florence's prosecutor announced Tuesday. The long queues of anxious, sweating tourists can be easy picking for guides who charge as much as three times the official price for tickets that allow visitors easier access, according to recent media reports. Advance tickets can usually be booked for such popular venues as the Uffizi, the Accademia, or Rome's Vatican Museums and these can save visitors from standing in line for hours for tickets. But reports suggest some guides are buying blocks of inexpensive advance tickets, then selling each at a hefty premium for a package that includes a guided tour. The Uffizi museum has posted signs warning visitors that tickets sold at a higher price than the official posted price are not its responsibility.

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