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Florence’s Treasure Trove – The Uffizi Gallery

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Uffizi Gallery is Now Open

Reopened On

June 3, 2020

Safety Measures

🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🏻‍♂️Social Distancing

😷 Mandatory Masks

👮‍♂️ Reduced Capacity

🤒 Temperature Check

New Rules and Guidelines

  • The first and second floor will continue to be open.
  • Premises where social distancing is not possible will remain temporarily closed.
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Revised Opening Hours

Wednesday to Friday

2 pm - 6:30 pm

Last Entry 5:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday

9 am to 6:30 pm

Last Entry 5:30 pm

Located in the heart of the art capital of Europe, Uffizi Gallery is best known for its world-class art and an eclectic collection of priceless renaissance works. Apart from being the largest in the world, an approximate of two million tourists from all over the globe flock to Uffizi Gallery each year making it the most visited gallery as well. And although the Uffizi Gallery has a poignant history dating back to the 16th century, today it holds the title of one of the first modern museums in the world. While the infamous queues at Uffizi are as well known as the art housed within its walls, the impressive collection that goes back hundreds of centuries is definitely worth a visit for those touring Italy for the first time.

Uffizi Gallery in a Nutshell

Uffizi Gallery Florence
Uffizi Gallery Florence
Uffizi Gallery Florence

The uffizi Gallery is one of the top 5 attractions in Florence with over 2 million visitors every year. Built in a U-shape, the museum if home to frescoes and Renaissance art from the likes of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello. Built by the famous Renaissance architect Giorgio Vasari in 1559, the museum was commissioned by Cosimo I de’Medici. The entire curation at the Uffizi is the private collection of just the Medici family .

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Must-see Exhibits

  • The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
  • Laocoön and his Sons by Baccio Bandinelli
  • Venus of Urbino by Titian
  • Annunciation by Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico

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Uffizi Gallery History


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Originally built in 1560 the Uffizi Gallery was first made to accommodate the offices of the Florentine magistrate, which is why the word Uffizi derived from ‘offices’ is used as its official name. After the completion of the complex in 1581, the top floor of the building was made into a museum for the tenants and their guests who wished to view the Roman sculptures from up close. Between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the Hall of Geographic Maps (dedicated to maps of the Medici domains in Florence), as well as the Mathematics Room (containing important scientific discoveries from that period), were built inside the gallery. Today, the museum is being expanded to accommodate the upsurge of tourists visiting it every year.

Uffizi Gallery Tickets


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Long Queues at Uffizi Gallery & How to Skip Them


Best known for its infamous wait, anyone visiting Florence will hear tales about Uffizi’s exhausting queues. With visitors from around the world constantly flocking to get a glimpse of the museum’s glory, it becomes even more difficult every year, especially during the peak season, to stand for hours altogether. However, there are ways to catch a respite (if not completely avoid) from the crowd at the Uffizi Gallery. Here is a couple that you can practice on your own to have a relatively easier excursion within the museum:

1. Purchasing Skip the Line tickets online

The Uffizi Gallery does not permit more than 900 people at a time to visit the museum, hence leading to longer queues as the day progresses. People end up waiting for hours at a stretch, sometimes in the heat, if they haven’t booked their slots online. Purchasing Skip the Line tickets for Uffizi Gallery can not only help you save some time but also make sure you walk straight into the museum without having to wait through the exhaustive lines. What makes this deal even sweeter is the discounted price and the availability of a guided tour at your fingertips.

2. Going through the right gates

After purchasing a Skip the Line ticket online, you’re required to exchange your acquired e-ticket for a new physical copy at Gate 3 of the museum. After being handed the physical ticket, you can walk through Gate 1 and begin touring the museum in no time. However, a lot of tourists find themselves confused over the right gate. It is important to make sure you know all the correct entrances before arriving at the gallery. Do note that there may be a line at either of these gates, however, it will be far more manageable than the regular one.

3. Choosing the right time

Since the gallery tends to remain shut on Monday, it is best to avoid visiting Uffizi Gallery on a Tuesday, as it attracts the maximum number of visitors in the week. Apart from this, you can catch a comparatively lesser crowd earlier in the day, from 8:30 AM onwards or later in the afternoon — post 5:00 PM. Try to schedule your visit around these timings to enjoy a quieter tour. While the first Sundays of every month are free for all in Uffizi Gallery, it is best to avoid those as it tends to get jammed with a swarm of a crowd on those days.

Uffizi Gallery Floor Plan


The Uffizi Gallery is spread out over three floors, with the top floor being your first by Italian standards. One can climb their way through a grand staircase that takes you to the entrance of the top floor. The ticket windows and the main entrance are all located on the ground floor and the first floor will brief you to several interesting exhibits that you simply shouldn’t miss. Confused? Here is a detailed discussion of each entry that will brief you about what you simply shouldn’t miss:

Uffizi Gallery Entrances
It is easy to find yourself getting confused inside the museum because of its vastness, however, it is much simpler if you keep a track of all the numbered entrances of the museum. Use the Door Number 1 if you’ve made prior reservations, or are a part of a group, tour or a school trip. This is a dedicated entrance for groups. The Door Number 2 is the main entrance and also where the line begins if you want to buy an offline ticket. This can be quite a wait if you plan to visit without a reservation. Door Number 3, located right across Piazza degli Uffizi on the west side, is where you can pick up your tickets if you have reserved them online beforehand.

Ground Floor
The ground floor of the Uffizi Museum will lead you through the main entrances into a U-shaped palace. Here is where you will find plenty of souvenir shops, art history books, children’s book and other several other recreational pitstops to your right. This is also the part of the museum where you can find your ticket windows as well as a well-stocked bookstore towards the exit. So make sure you stop beforehand to buy a guide for your tour if you wish to.

First Floor
Moving on to the first floor, you will find yourself amidst several interesting exhibits and halls, even as you make your way upstairs — this includes the ‘Cabinet of Prints and Drawings’ within the Uffizi collection. You can take a look at them, along with rotational works that are often placed inside a vestibule. Three of Caravaggio's most famous paintings: “The Sacrifice of Isaac,” “Bacchus,” and “Medusa” amongst many other remarkable artworks can be found on the first floor as well.

Second Floor
The second floor of the museum has a collection adorned within its 45 halls, including artworks from the 13th to 18th century. Some of these comprise of timeless paintings, invaluable sculptures and an eclectic collection of antiquity from the Medici family displayed in over three corridors lined up within the interior of the U-shaped palace. Some of the most notable artworks of the gallery are displayed on the second-floor exhibits, so make sure you time your visit wisely.

Must See Uffizi Gallery Paintings


"Laocoön and his Sons" by Baccio Bandinelli

Also known as the Laocoon Group, the sculpture by Baccio Bandinelli is deemed as one of the most famous ancient sculptures to have been excavated in Rome. Although the original sculpture stands in Vatican City today, Bandinelli especially created a miniature for Uffizi Gallery, which is considered as a must-see within the museum today.

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"Annunciation" by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Annunciation is the first work by Leonardo Da Vinci, made between the year 1472 to 1475. The painting features the angel Gabriel, sent by God to announce to a virgin, Mary, that she would miraculously be giving birth to a son — named Jesus. It represents the youthful days of Leonardo and is treasured as one of the first attributions of his art to the world.

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"Venus of Urbino" by Titian

Placed in Room number 28, Venus of Urbino is considered to be one of the most sensual paintings by Titian, and it was later recreated in several copies around the world. Although the painting represents an allegory of marriage, many claim that it had several hidden meanings and undertones due to its wise use of colour as well as contrast.

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"Birth of Venus" by Botticelli

The painting is a depiction of Goddess Venus arriving onshore after her birth. It features her standing in the middle of the sea, grown-up and surrounded by Greek Gods and other mythological figures. The painting is considered to be Botticelli’s greatest work and was originally a gift to the Medici family.

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"Coronation of the Virgin" by Fra Angelico

The popular Christian painting features Christ placing an ornate, 12-star crown on the virgin, surrounded by saints, angels and other blessed figures enhancing the picture. It gained popularity between the 13th to the 18th century, which continues up till today. The piece arrived at Uffizi Gallery in 1825 and till date remains one of the most well-known works of art housed within the museum.

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Uffizi Gallery Practical Information


Opening Hours Uffizi Gallery

Tuesday to Sunday (8:15 AM - 6:50 PM)
The ticket office closes at 6:05 PM and they start shutting down the museum at 6:35 PM
Uffizi Gallery remains closed on Mondays,New Years Day, Christmas and May 1st

Getting to Uffizi Gallery

Address
Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, 50122, Florence, Italy

By Train
The closest station to Uffizi Gallery is the Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station. From here, the Gallery is a 10 minute walk.

By Car
The closest car park is near the Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station. You can park your car here and make a quick walk to the Gallery

By Bus
You can take any bus that has a stop at the anta Maria Novella (SMN) train station. From here, you can walk over to the Gallery

Uffizi Gallery - Rules and Regulations

  • It is forbidden to touch the works of art or to place objects close to them which can cause damage or a risk of fall.
  • It is forbidden to lean against the wall or the base of the sculptures.
  • Canned, corrosive and alcoholic drinks are strictly not allowed within the gallery.
  • Using flash photography, taking videos, using selfie sticks, light stands, tripods or any kind of professional equipment is forbidden inside the museum.
  • Keep the museum clean by disposing of the waste paper, chewing gum, plastic bottles and cups in the waste paper bin provided within the premises.
  • It is forbidden to smoke (which also includes e-smoking) within the premises of the museum.

Insider Tips on Visiting the Uffizi Gallery


  • Entry to the Uffizi Gallery is free on every first Sunday of the month. This is also the day when the museum is at its most crowded.
  • Audio guides are available in 6 languages - Italian, English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. One piece costs 6 euros and 2 pieces cost 10 euros
  • Photography inside the Uffizi Gallery is strictly forbidden. You will not be allowed to carry cameras inside and phones are required to be kept on silent.
  • Tickets are free for EU citizens under the age of 18, children under the age of 6 and senior citizens aged 65 and above. EU citizens between the age of 18 and 25 get reduced tickets for 3.25 euros.
  • It is advisable to start your visit from the second floor and then work your way down.
  • Reserve your tickets in advance to avoid lengthy queues at the entrances.
  • Start early in the morning or visit late afternoon to avoid the crowd.
  • For a comprehensive tour of the Uffizi, set aside a minimum of 3-4 hours.
  • Lifts are available for physically challenged visitors and are accessible only to them. Others are required to use the stairs.
  • Big bags will need to be checked into the cloakroom.
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