Millions of people visit the Uffizi each year to see the wonders of the Medici and Florentine art collections. You’re already off to a great start by researching things. Little things like purchasing Uffizi tickets or a guided tour in advance will make your trip much more enjoyable. We’ll explain how to visit the Uffizi and all your options.
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Visiting the Uffizi Gallery: What We’ll Cover
Uffizi literally translates to “offices” in Italian. This very literal name was given to this historic structure by the Medici family. The Medici loved art, so they filled their offices with it. Eventually, the space became so ornate that people began visiting by request as early as the 16th century.
In 1765, the last Medici heiress, Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, signed over almost all Medici assets to the Tuscan State in the Patto di Famiglia. Today, over 4 million visitors come to enjoy the masterpieces in the Uffizi each year. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about how you can visit the Uffizi gallery, from getting tickets to guided tours, what to see while you’re there, and where to eat nearby. Here’s what we’ll cover:
- Opening hours and tickets
- How much time to budget
- How to get there
- What to see
- Guided tour options
- Where to eat nearby
Uffizi Gallery Opening Hours and Tickets
Tuesday – Sunday: 8:15 am – 6:50 pm (ticket office closes at 6:05 pm and the museums start closing at 6:35 pm)
Closed on Mondays and for holidays on January 1st, May 1st, December 25th
If you consider that the Uffizi Gallery sees millions of visitors a year, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be a long queue at the entrance. Then again, if you visit during the low season, you might be lucky enough to just walk in. It’s unwise to expect this though.
If you want to make the most of your time in Florence, book your Uffizi tickets in advance. This way, you can pick a time and date on the official Uffizi Gallery website. Although you might still have to stand in a short queue to collect your tickets, it’s still much quicker than waiting in the general line.
Online Ticket Prices: €16.50 for adults, €10.25 for reduced tickets.
To find out if you qualify for a reduced or free ticket, consult the website. If you book your tickets online there’s an additional €4 fee.
How Long To Spend at the Uffizi Gallery Visit
Short Answer: 2 to 3 hours
The Uffizi Gallery has a wealth of famous artwork across multiple floors. You can see Raphael, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and many more all within a few feet of one another. That said, the Uffizi Gallery is not nearly as expansive as the Vatican Museums or the Louvre.
Two to three hours is a good amount of time to spend inside for anyone who appreciates artwork. Like any museum filled with significant and famous artwork, it should be visited with a local guide for the best experience.
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How To Get To the Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is extremely easy to find in Florence. All the roads in Florence lead to the general area, so you’ll happen upon it without even trying. It’s located off of Piazza della Signoria, which is home to Palazzo Vecchio. In fact, Palazzo Vecchio is connected to the Uffizi by an arched bridge over Via della Ninna.
The back of the Uffizi is across from the Arno river, which is visible from inside the gallery. This is where the Vasari Corridors start, connecting the Uffizi to the Pitti Palace. It’s a lovely area to walk around and discover.
Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
What To See at the Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi literally translates to “offices” in Italian. Its very literal name was given to this historic structure by the Medici Family. They used it likely as a place for commercial dealings (banking) and to run the government. Florence was a republic, but it was common knowledge that the Medici got their way through cronies. The system wasn’t bad for Florence as the Medici pulled the city and all of Europe out of the darkness.
The Uffizi Gallery connects to Palazzo Vecchio (government) and Palazzo Pitti (Medici home) via a series of corridors. Most famously, the Vasari Corridor, which runs along the Arno river, across Ponte Vecchio, and to the Pitti Palace. The corridor is named for Giorgio Vasari, who created it.
The Medici decorated their offices with art and sculptures just like their home. The gallery was opened publicly in 1765, but officially became a museum in 1865. In 2019, over 4 million visitors entered the Uffizi Gallery.
When you visit, be sure to see these famous artworks in the Uffizi Gallery. For more in-depth descriptions, check out our more comprehensive article on what to see at the Uffizi or take a guided tour of the Uffizi.
Balcony Overlooking the Duomo
The Uffizi Gallery doesn’t just contain art—it is art. It also has incredible views overlooking some of Florence’s greatest works of architectural art. Like many Italian cities, Florence could even be described as one large masterpiece as a whole.
There are numerous signs and indicators leading to the “Bar” inside the Uffizi. Follow them for a coffee and an incredible viewpoint.
Portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca
This is an interesting and peculiar oil on wood painting depicting a very powerful couple, Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza. The Sforza family ruled Milan for hundreds of years.
The painting dates back to the late 15th century and is in fantastic condition. It is a two-sided painting, which is very rare, so make sure you take a look at the back. It features a horse-drawn carriage and a unicorn-drawn carriage that is intended to signify the allegories of triumph.
Location in the Uffizi: Hall 7
The Ognissanti Madonna by Giotto
Giotto was one of the most influential artists leading up to the golden era of the Renaissance. The Ognissanti or Madonna Enthroned was painted by Giotto di Bondone in the late Medieval period (proto-Renaissance) and is on a wood panel.
Although this is not their first appearance, Giotto is the first western-European artist to depict three-dimensional figures. What he did was considered highly innovative at the time and was a catalyst for artists like Botticelli and Michelangelo.
Location in the Uffizi: Hall 2, dedicated to Giotto and 13th/14th-century art
Medusa by Caravaggio
Caravaggio was sort of the Quentin Tarantino of the baroque period. He painted grotesque gripping artwork that turned heads. His Medusa is no exception.
It was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Maria Bourbon de Monte in 1597 who then gave it to the Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici as a gift (or maybe a re-gift?).
Location in Uffizi: Hall 90, dedicated to Caravaggio.
Venus of Urbino by Titian
The Venus of Urbino was completed by Titian in 1538 and commissioned by the Duke of Urbino, Guidobaldo II Della Rovere. The painting was a gift from the Duke to his young wife.
It represented the allegory of marriage: eroticism, fidelity, and motherhood. The eroticism is evident in the representation of Venus, the goddess of love. The dog at her feet represents marital fidelity. The girl looking through the chest in the background represents motherhood.
Location in Uffizi: Hall 83
Self-Portraits by Rembrandt
Rembrandt was a very important figure as he carried the Italian Renaissance north and was a key figure in the Dutch Renaissance. He lived during the 17th century and has two self portraits. First as a young man and another as a mature man.
He followed the path of Caravaggio, painting in a chiaroscuro method to draw attention to key dramatic features. You’ll find several Rembrandt paintings housed in the Uffizi including The Old Rabbi.
Location in the Uffizi: Hall of Rembrandt (49)
Doni Tondo (The Holy Family) by Michelangelo
Doni Tondo or The Holy Family is one of a literal handful of free-standing (panel) paintings Michaelangelo worked on and, apparently, the only panel that was completed.
It was commissioned by a merchant, Agnolo Doni, to commemorate the birth of his child. It’s a beautiful work of art that celebrates a sort of golden era for Renaissance art in Florence.
Location in Uffizi: Hall 3
Medici Venus attributed to Praxiteles
Venus or Aphrodite is a highly sculpted mythological figure because of what she represents: beauty. The Medici Venus is a first-century B.C. copy of a Greek sculpture. This was common as the Romans gravitated towards Greek art—everyone did.
The sculpture was taken into ownership by the Medici and attributed to Praxiteles, but there is little foundation for that. The base says it was sculpted by the son of Apollodorus, but that is not true. Regardless, it is a beautiful sculpture that was undoubtedly admired by Botticelli and Michelangelo.
Location in Uffizi: Hall of Tribunes
Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci
The Annunciation was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio between 1472 – 1475. The painting depicts the moment Angel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she will conceive and give birth to a son to be named Jesus, “Son of God”.
Location in Uffizi: Hall 15
Madonna del Cardellino by Raphael
The Madonna del Cardellino or Madonna of the Goldfinch was painted by Raphael (Raffaello in Italian) in 1506 as a wedding gift for his friend Lorenzo Nasi.
Looking at the painting, the Madonna is shown as young and beautiful. She is clothed in red and blue. The red signifies the passion of Christ and the blue signifies the church.
Location in Uffizi: Hall 66
La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli
La Primavera or “Spring” in English is considered to be one of the greatest paintings ever produced. That statement is not only about the painting’s beauty and artistic expression. La Primavera defied the oppression of artistic expression, which arguably could have inspired a massive leap forward in art history. Some of the greatest artists that would ever live followed the career of Boticelli.
Location in Uffizi: Hall of Botticelli (10 – 14)
The Birth of Venice by Sandro Botticelli
The Birth of Venus has become one of the world’s most famous Renaissance masterpieces. It was painted by Sandro Botticelli between 1482 and 1485 for the Medici family.
In the painting, you can observe Venus, the goddess of love, standing on a seashell in the center. To her right, Zephyr, the god of the west wind is blowing her to the shore. There, Pomona, the goddess of spring, is waiting with a cape to clothe the newborn deity.
Location in Uffizi: Botticelli Rooms (10 – 14)
Uffizi Gallery Tour Options
As a tour company, we highly recommend taking guided tours of special places like the Uffizi Gallery. We started The Tour Guy because we know what a difference tours can make and our reviews support that.
Passionate local guides focus on the historical importance of art and how it played into our cultural heritage. They’ll explain everything from the artist’s life to the patron who commissioned the artwork, the journey the piece underwent, and many more interesting stories. There’s lots to tell: Art that has lasted 500 years has hung on many walls and seen many things! For a full and memorable experience of the Uffizi’s treasures, here are our top tours:
Visiting the Uffizi Gallery with a guide is a no-brainer. There are literally TV-drama-level stories behind so many famous artworks inside the gallery, which makes it super interesting. If that doesn’t sell it for you, the lines to get inside can take hours. Going with a passionate local guide will completely change the experience and skip the line.
The tour combines our Florence city walking tour, which includes seeing Michelangelo’s David, with our Skip the Line Uffizi Gallery tour in one discounted package. Both tours are small group tours and priced competitively. It’s a fantastic way to spend a day in Florence.
While small group tours are the best value for money, private tours are a luxury and provide the best possible experience. It’s just you and a private guide visiting the Uffizi Gallery for two hours. Ask all the questions you want!
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Places To Eat Nearby
Exploring the Uffizi Gallery and walking around in Florence, you’ll work up an appetite. Here are our four recommendations for places to eat—they’re all vetted and check all the boxes.
Among them are a pizza place, sandwich place, sit-down restaurants, and rooftop bar. If you’re looking for more restaurant picks, check out our article on the best restaurants near the Uffizi Gallery.
Osteria All’antico Vinaio: € | Delicious Sandwiches—Possibly the most famous sandwich shop in all of Italy. You can even get a glass of wine to wash it down. Mostly standing room.
Gustarium: € | Sampler Plates—It’s pizza, it’s quick, it’s good, it’s cheap, and it’s close to the Uffizi. Why are we still talking?
Osteria del Porcellino: €€ | Florentine Steak—Looking for a sit-down meal before or after the Uffizi? Get all your traditional Florentine/Tuscan dishes here.
La Terrazza Continentale: €€€ | Lovely Views—Just want a drink? This rooftop is likely where I would go.
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