The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is one of the world’s most visited museums and attracts around 2 million visitors each year.
This gallery is home to one of the largest collections of Renaissance art in the world and here you can see famous artworks like Doni Tondo by Michelangelo and The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli.
There are lots of things to have a look at the Uffizi Gallery – both art and beautiful architecture. Down below you can read more about the Uffizi Gallery and useful information before your visit:
Tickets to the Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most popular museums in the world, so it’s a must to buy your tickets in advance.
Sometimes tickets can be sold out 2-3 months in advance, so make sure to book your tickets before traveling to Florence.
I can recommend buying a priority-ticket that includes a guided tour in a small group. Through a guided tour you’ll be guided to the most important artworks and learn more interesting facts about the gallery.
Famous artworks inside the Uffizi Gallery
Below you have a list of some of the most famous artworks in the gallery. There are many beautiful artworks to have a look at, and here you have some of the most interesting:
- The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
- Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico
- Laocoön and his Sons by Baccio Bandinelli
- Madonna with the Long Neck by Parmigianino
- Portrait of Pope Leo X with Two Cardinals by Raphael
- Medusa by Caravaggio
- Doni Tondo by Michelangelo
- Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci och Andrea del Verrocchio
- Portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca
- Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello
The view from the gallery
On the second floor of the gallery you will find a café where you can sit down and have something good to eat and drink. From this cafe you also have a magical view of the old town and the beautiful Ponte Vecchio bridge.
It’s no doubt one of the most beautiful views in the city, so make sure to stop by before leaving the museum.
More about the Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is located inside a building dating back to 1560. It was built by Giorgio Vasari on behalf of Cosimo I de ‘Medici to become an administrative and legal office. The name Uffizi means office.
It was completed a few years later together with the famous corridor Corridoio Vasariano, which connects the building with Pitti Palace
For several years, some parts of the building were used as a storage for art treasures collected by the Medici family, which later became a gallery.
The gallery has been open since the 17th century but was officially opened to the public in 1765.
Facts about the Uffizi Gallery
- Opened: 1765
- Area: 13,000 m²
- Visitor per year: over 2 million
Interesting facts about the gallery
- The Uffizi Gallery is home to one of the largest collections of Renaissance art in the world
- It’s one of the world’s most popular attractions
- There are 45 different halls filled with artwork
- The Uffizi Gallery has been open since 1765
- It has been flooded several times throughout history, which has damaged several of the artworks
- Back in time, it was home to the famous Mona Lisa painting
The gallery is open on Tuesdays to Sundays between 08.15-18.50. It’s closed on Mondays and the ticket office closes at 17.45.
Hotels nearby the Uffizi Gallery
Here are two popular hotels nearby the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Both hotels are nice and comfortable, and within walking distance to the gallery.
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Frequently asked questions
Are you allowed to take photos inside the Uffizi Gallery?
Yes, you are allowed to take pictures without flash. However, your cannot use tripods or selfie sticks inside the gallery.
Are you allowed to wear a backpack?
You cannot enter the museum with large backpacks, big handbags or umbrellas. You need to put them in the cloakroom, which is free for visitors to use.
Is there a dress code?
You must dress appropriately to visit the gallery. You’re not allowed to go inside too lightly dressed, for example, not without sweater or barefoot.
When is the best time to visit?
February and November are the months that are best to visit. During these months, there are the least tourists in the city and tickets are usually cheaper comparing to high season.
Can tickets sell out?
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the biggest attractions in the city, so it’s common for tickets to sell out quickly – especially during high season.
Make sure to book your tickets well in advance to be 100% sure to get to visit the gallery. Preferably 2-3 months in advance if you are visiting during high season.
Where can I buy tickets to the Uffizi Gallery?
You can buy tickets in Florence. However, it’s not something I recommend since tickets often sell out. It’s best to book your tickets well in advance.
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