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The Uffizi is highly regarded in Italy and is one of the most recognized art museums globally. The perhaps slightly dusty treasure chest of the Medici is therefore certainly part of the avant-garde in the art scene. Here you can find paintings by famous artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Cranach the Elder and Leonardo da Vinci, which are appreciated not only by art lovers. The Gallerie degli Uffizi now have over four million entries a year.
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7 tips for visiting the Uffizi Gallery

The Birth of Venus by Botticelli | Photo: Unsplash, Elena Popova - CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Book your ticket onlineEspecially on weekends and during the summer months, long queues at the cash desks are to be expected. On site there are three entrances, the first gate is intended for school classes, groups and special tours, at the second gate you can buy tickets on site and the third gate is for quick admission. Through the purchase of an online ticket, you save yourself the queue!
The impressive ceiling in the Niobe room | Photo: Unsplash, Vincenzo Marotta - CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Avoid the rushThe Uffizi can be visited free of charge every first Sunday of the month as well as on national holidays (April 25, June 2, and November 4). During these days, as it is not possible to book time slots, one might experience waiting times of several hours. We therefore recommend visiting the Uffizi on non-peak days, so you can enjoy them stress-free.
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Take a breakWithin the museum, there are not many opportunities to take a break, these include a few seats in the first section and in the Botticelli Hall. Therefore, it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes for the visit to the Uffizi. For a longer break, the Caffeteria Galleria Degli Uffizi cafe at the end of the galleries on the second floor is particularly suitable. This café has a terrace, so you can enjoy a magnificent view, especially over the Piazza della Signoria, the Arno, but also over all of Florence.
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Deposit your luggageLarge pieces of luggage, umbrellas and similar must be handed in at the cloakroom before entering the Uffizi. The use of the cloakroom is free of charge.
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Put your favorites togetherDue to the quantity of works displayed here, it is advisable to find out which works of art you absolutely want to see and plan a route through the museum accordingly.
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Take your timeAs the art collection of the Uffizi is particularly extensive, it is best to plan 3 to 4 hours for a visit. This also allows for a longer break on the terrace of the aforementioned café.
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Book a guideTo learn more about the most important works of art and their artists, you should book a tour online in advance. With a booked tour, you even get priority admission.
The Uffizi | Photo: Unsplash, Matt Twyman - CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

One of the oldest museums in Europe

Spread across 50 halls in the Uffizi are more than 1000 works of art from the 13th to 18th centuries. In 1769, the Uffizi opened as a public museum for the first time, making it one of the oldest museums in Europe.

History of the Uffizi

Originally, the building served from the middle of the 15th century as the seat of the offices (Italian: uffici) of the city administration. The order to consolidate important administrative institutions in one building goes back to Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Between 1559 and 1581, the buildings complex was then built by the architects Vasari, Buontalenti, and Parigi the Younger.

Use as exhibition rooms

Grand Duke Francesco I., the successor of Cosimo I., commissioned the architect Bernardo Buontalenti who should rebuild the upper floor corridor for his artworks. Buontalenti established the Tribuna, where sculptures, paintings, and weapons were to be displayed, thus laying the foundation for the museums of today.
The Medici Vase | Photo: Unsplash, Clay Banks - CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Medici Family

Between the 15th and 18th centuries, the Medici family ruled over Florence and thus held a strong power position in the Italian dynasty. The family got rich through the textile trade, which also influenced the banking system of the time. Through their relationships, inheritances, dowries and gifts, they accumulated a remarkable collection of artworks, which still fascinate art lovers today.
The Pothos Sculpture | Photo: Unsplash, Elena Popova - CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

First Floor

The first section of the first floor features artwork from foreign artists such as Rembrandt, Goya, and Fabre from the 16th to 18th centuries. The following rooms contain paintings and marble sculptures by Andrea del Sarto, Raphael, and Pontormo. The works of Caravaggio and other artists from Roman Baroque painting are exhibited in the Caravaggesque Rooms. Here, one can also find a balcony offering a fantastic view of the Arno River. Inside, three sculptures adorn the passage.

Second Floor

On the second floor are the U-shaped exhibition rooms that display the main collection of the Uffizi, consisting of paintings, statues, and artwork. These include The Adoration of the Kings and The Baptism of Christ by Leonardo da Vinci, as well as 15 works by the Italian painter Botticelli such as The Birth of Venus. Relics, sculptures, and an archaeology room can also be found here.

Art Collection in Danger

In the 18th century, the Medici ruled as Grand Dukes of Tuscany, but gradually they kept themselves further and further out of government and relied on a strict marriage policy. With the death of the impotent Grand Duke Gian Gastone de’ Medici in 1737, there were no further male successors who could take the throne, whereby the Grand Duchy was awarded to the Austrian Habsburgs. However, the will of the Austrian Duchess Anna Maria prevented the valuable art collection of the Medici from being transferred to Vienna. Her last wish was to donate the collection to the Florentines, which was initially only opened to visitors on request.

Contemporary Portraits

In the 17th century, Cardinal Leopold de’ Medici collected portraits, which now comprises over 2,000 objects. Most recently, 255 portraits by artists from the 15th to the 21st century were added to the collection; this also includes that of the Innsbruck master builder Johann Martin Gumpp the Elder. Now there are also self-portraits by comic artists and video artists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Uffizi accessible for people with disabilities?

The museum is accessible for people with disabilities, the entrance for people with disabilities is through Gate 1. Read more.

Are you allowed to take food into the museum?

It is not allowed to consume food in the premises of the Uffizi. Baby bottles, cups or small bottles with a drip-proof closure are however excepted from this rule. Read more.

Are there food options in the Uffizi?

On the second floor is the Caffeteria Galleria Degli Uffizi with a terrace with panoramic views. Read more.

May I carry bags and backpacks during the visit?

In order to gain entry to the Uffizi, large bags, backpacks and umbrellas must be left in the cloakroom, located not far from the entrances. The storage is free of charge. Read more.

Is there an audio guide available for this attraction?

The audio guide can be borrowed on site at the entrance for a small extra charge and is available in German, English, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Russian and Japanese languages. Read more.

Is there a souvenir shop?

At the entrance, there is a bookstore that offers multilingual guidebooks. Books, art history books and souvenirs inspired by the gallery can be purchased at the exit on the ground floor. Read more.

Are dogs allowed in the museum?

No, animals are not allowed in the building. An exception is only made for certified assistance dogs. Read more.

Are we allowed to take photos and videos of the museums?

For personal purposes, videos and photos can be made in most areas of the Uffizi without flash, tripod and selfie stick. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Uffizi are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 6:30 pm. On the 10th and 24th of April, 1st of May, and 14th of August, the museum is also open on Mondays. The ticket counters close at 5:30 pm.

address

Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
50122 Florence
Italy

tickets

On site, the entrance ticket can be acquired for a price of 26 € per person. Citizens of the European Union between 18 and 24 years old receive a reduced ticket for 3 € on site. Students, teachers, tour guides, and journalists get free entry to the museum. Children and adolescents under 18 years old, regardless of their nationality, can visit the Uffizi for free as well. Holders of a disability card and their accompanying person also receive free entry. Please note that appropriate ID’s have to be shown.

how to get there

The C1 bus line has a stop right next to the Uffizi, alternatively you can take the C3, C4 or FB lines to the Bardi station and then walk for 5 minutes across the Ponte Vecchio bridge to the Galleria degli Uffizi. There is also one of several private car parks in the area nearby, in case you are arriving by car.
Miriam Dewam
Written byMiriam DewamMiriam is keen on traveling and has a passion for photography, which she can enhance through her cross-media studies. She uses her knowledge as well as first hand experience from diverse travels to help other travellers as a content creator at TicketLens.
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