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One of the many highlights for art-lovers visiting Florence is the impressive Uffizi Gallery. The Uffizi’s collection covers paintings and sculptures from the classical period to the Baroque era and attracts around 2 million visitors every year. Famous paintings on display include works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Cranach the Elder, and Leonardo da Vinci. Ticket lines on the day can be extremely long, especially during the peak season, so it’s recommended that you book tickets online in advance of your visit.
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4 Tips for Visiting the Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi | Flickr: Skala Lee CC BY-SA 2.0
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If you book your tickets for the Uffizi Gallery online, you can pick them up at the ticket office on the day of your visit. You should make sure to allow 15 minutes to collect them, and you should take that into account so that you won’t be late for your timeslot.
Uffizi: Fresco | Flickr: jooliargh CC BY-ND 2.0
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Inside the gallery, there aren’t many places where you can stop to take a break. There are a few seats in the Botticelli room and the first section of the gallery, and there’s also a café at the end of the first floor where you can grab some refreshments before continuing.
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Large items of luggage, umbrellas, and other bulky objects need to be placed in the cloakroom at the entrance to the gallery. The cloakroom is free to use.
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Since the gallery contains a large number of artworks, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research before visiting! Decide which pieces you absolutely have to see and plan your route through the rooms of the gallery so that you don’t miss anything.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called the Uffizi Gallery?

The building, built in the 15th Century, originally functioned as the offices (uffici in Italian) of the city administration, and that’s where the gallery gets its name. The building also housed the Medici art collection, which was inaccessible until the gallery opened its doors in 1789, a date which leads some art historians to call the Uffizi the first museum in Europe. The Uffizi Gallery is home to some of the most iconic paintings by Italian artists such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Michelangelo’s Tono Doni, and a self-portrait by Raphael, plus works by Albrecht Dürer and Flemish and Dutch painters such as Rubens and Rembrandt.

Who built the Uffizi Gallery?

The Uffizi came about as a result of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who made it his mission to bring several important administrative institutions under one roof. The building was designed and built by Vasari, Buontalenti, and Parigi the Younger between 1559 and 1581 and shortly after its completion it became the home of the art collection managed by Cosimo’s heir, Francesco de’ Medici. As the Medici declined in power, they bequeathed the contents of the Uffizi to the city of Florence on the condition that it should always remain inside the city. The Uffizi Gallery is also considered to be the source of the word ‘gallery’ to refer to an art museum - a gallery is an architectural term for a walkway which is open on one side, and the galleries in the Uffizi were originally used to show some of the art.

Should I book a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery?

It can be fun to dive deeper into the most important works of the gallery with an expert guide, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Art history lovers might appreciate being shown around and hearing more information, or they might prefer to do their own research and proceed at their own pace. When the gallery is at its busiest it can be much easier to explore the different rooms by yourself rather than having to keep up with a guide. Having said that, there are several providers who offer high-quality tours of the Uffizi, so if you generally prefer having a guide with you, there are plenty of good options to consider.

How long does a visit to the Uffizi take?

While you can walk through the gallery complex in about two hours, you will probably want to take a little longer to really enjoy the art on display. You should probably plan to spend about three to four hours inside, while big fans of art history could spend most of a day exploring and admiring the pieces being exhibited. The collection is huge and it’s impossible to give each piece of art the same amount of attention - but you’re welcome to try!

Can I take photographs or sketch inside the gallery?

Photography is allowed inside the gallery, but only for personal use and visitors should make sure that their flash is turned off. Selfie-sticks, tripods, or other professional photography equipment is not allowed. Sketching inside the museum is only allowed with a pencil and paper or using digital devices such as tablets - paints, charcoal, and other mediums aren’t allowed.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The Uffizi Gallery can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays, January 1, and December 25. The gallery is open daily from 8.15 am to 6.50 pm. The ticket office closes at 6.05 pm and staff will begin to ask visitors to leave the galleries at 6.35 pm.

Address:

Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
50122 Florence
Italy

How to get there:

You can take bus number C1 directly to the Uffizi Gallery. Alternatively, you can take the C3, C4, or FB to the stop called Bardi before walking over the Ponte Vecchio to the gallery, which takes approximately five minutes. The gallery is close to several private parking garages where you can park your car for a fee.

Tickets:

Basic tickets for the Uffizi Gallery cost €20 in the peak season (from March until October) and €12 in the off-peak season (from November until February). Reduced price tickets are available year-round for €2. Combination tickets for the Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens, and the Uffizi Gallery cost €38 or a reduced price of €18. Reduced prices apply to EU and EFTA citizens aged between 18 and 26. Children under the age of 18, disabled visitors, and students of certain universities can enter free of charge.
There are also several days in the year where entry to the Uffizi Gallery is free for everyone, please check the official website for more details.
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