Welcoming million of visitors every year, Uffizi Gallery is the most visited museum in Italy which covers the inestimable art works of 5 centuries. Gallery was official opened to public in 1769.
Cosimo l de’ Medici was the person behind this beautiful art gallery but Uffizi was intended to designed and built as the judiciary and administrative offices in Florence in 1560. Initially it was designed by Giorgio Vasari and after his death in 1574, the project was taken by another acclaimed artist Bernardo Buontalenti.
During summers we suggest you to book tickets in advance to avoid long standing lines.
Selfie Sticks and tripods are prohibited within the museum area but you can take camera for photos.
Uffizi Gallery Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
When to go?
During summers it is full of crowd from morning to evening and avoid visiting Uffizi on Tuesday morning as you can get heavy rush.
Visiting Uffizi on Wednesday or Thursday at 8:15 AM is very preferable as you will get less crowd compare to other days.
Best time to visit Uffizi is from November to February (during winters). May and June are the most busiest months to visit.
Timing for Uffizi Gallery
8:15 AM – 6:50 PM : Tuesday to Sunday
Museum starts closing down at 6:35 pm.
Monday is closed through out the year.
Entrance to Uffizi Gallery
Ticket is required to enter in museum except on first Sunday of the every month, Its is free for everyone one.
Ticket office shut down at 6:05 pm
It is the most visited museum in Italy so we would recommend you to Book Tickets in advance and get rid of long standing lines.
There are 3 types of tickets available for Uffizi Gallery Museum:
Non European Citizens: 18 and above years of age
European Citizen: 25 and above years of age
Local Citizen: 18 to 25 years of age
Teacher from European Public Institute with valid proof.
Minors under 18 years of age
Certified Physical handicap/ disabled persons
Journalist with valid ID proof
International Council of Museum Members
On purchasing Firenze Card, users can skip the line and directly enter into the museums without reservation. Firenze Card is valid for 72 hours and really worth during season time or during crowded day.
Guided Tour is the perfect option for those who have limited time to spent and want to explore everything in museum.
You can book Uffizi Gallery Tour in advance from online website or from local travel agency located near Museums. Booking online tour guide is very helpful and affordable as compare to book tour from local travel agencies.
Guided Tour will last for 90 minutes and you can stay in museum as long as you want after finishing the tour.
Guided Tours are available in several languages including English, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Japanese.
Some Facts about Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi Gallery was opened to public in 1769.
Most of the art collection in Uffizi Gallery are left by Medici Family to the Tuscan state in 1743 and it was stipulated that it had to be remain in Tuscany, particularly in Florence.
Uffizi Gallery holds the large portion of Medici Family art collection.
Museum was designed in a U-shape and in between there is a narrow courtyard between the two sides.
Waiting time to get into the museum can be 4 to 5 hours long during summers or season time.
You can enjoy watching work of famous artists which includes Botticelli, Rembrandt, Rubens, Parmigianino, Caravaggio, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Titian, Uccello, Lorenzetti, Cosimo, Duccio and Giotto.
Uffizi Gallery has been affected by numbers of floods over the years and still it is the most visited museum in Italy.
During car bomb in 1993 outside Uffizi Gallery, 3 paintings were permanently damaged.
In 1911, famous Mona Lisa painting was stolen from the Paris. It was the thief Vincenzo Peruggia who was caught when heattempted to sell it. And it was recovered from the thief and temporarily hung at the Uffizi Gallery until it was returned to the Louvre.