The Uffizi Gallery houses one of the most impressive art collections in the world. It also features Greek and Roman statues and drawings.
The various halls of the museum are in chronological order and the structure of the museum makes it very easy to explore without getting lost. The most famous part of the museum is dedicated to the Italian Renaissance period and includes works of art by outstanding artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael or Titian.
The building was commissioned in 1560 by Cosimo I de’ Medici. It was to replace the Palazzo Vecchio as the administrative and judiciary offices of Florence. The building was completed in 1581 and that same year, Cosimo’s son set up a private collection of artwork and sculptures made up of the Medici’s numerous art objects.
Most renowned works of art
Although the Uffizi Gallery is made up of hundreds of breath-taking paintings, the following are the most famous and are not to be missed:
- The Birth of Venus (Sandro Botticelli, 1484)
- Adoration of the Magi (Leonardo da Vinci, 1481 – the painting is unfinished)
- Annunciation (Leonardo da Vinci)
- Madonna del cardellino (Raphael, 1506)
- Venus of Urbino (Titian, 1484)
Skip the lines
Since the Uffizi Gallery is the most famous art gallery in Florence, it is also the hardest to get into and has endless queues. There are three possible options to skip the lines:
- Book a guided tour of the museum: If you book an English-speaking guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, you will not only skip the lines, but also be given information about the paintings and artists that will make your visit more enjoyable. Click here to reserve a guided tour.
- Book the entrance ticket in advance: If you want to book the entrance ticket in advance it will cost an extra 4€ per person, but will give you direct access into the gallery. You can book them online (b-Ticket) or by phone (+39 055 294883). You will need to book your tickets two days in advance.
- Visit the museum when there are few tourists: If art is not one of your passions, we recommend visiting the museum just before closing hours and thus, avoiding the longest queues. The best times to go is between 4:30 pm – 5 pm, since you will still have over an hour to see the various exhibitions.
From Tuesday to Sunday: 8:15 am until 6:50 pm.
Closed: On Mondays, 1 May, 25 December and 1 January.
During summer the museum has longer opening hours.
Students (aged 18 to 25): €4.
Young people (less than 18) and Seniors (over 65): free entry.
Buses: lines 23 and C1.