Uffizi Gallery is home to the most magnificent collection of Italian Renaissance works of art in the world. It resides in the extensive U-shaped Palazzo Degli Uffizi and enjoys the status of the most visited museum in Florence. In fact, Uffizi gallery tickets sell out quicker than the speed of light. So, make sure you plan your visit to avoid long queues or disappointment. Though Palazzo Degli Uffizi might seem like a perfect place for a gallery, it was not the building’s original purpose. Far from it! The Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de Medici, commissioned the Uffizi palace in 1560 to serve a decidedly non-artistic purpose of housing government offices. By the time the construction stood finished in 1580, Cosimo’s son Francesco had taken over the ducal position.
He reserved the top floor of the building’s east wing to house his private gallery of statues, precious objects, and paintings. The core of his private museum was an impressive octagonal room Tribuna (Tribune). Every new generation of Medici family enriched Francesco's collection. The tradition went on until 1743 when the last surviving member of the family donated the collection to Florence. There was only one condition: the collection will never leave the city.
At the moment, the gallery is undergoing an expensive refurbishment as part of the Nuovi Uffizi project. This project will, eventually, double the current exhibition space. While work on the permanent collection is almost complete, the works on the areas regarding the temporary exhibitions still have a long way to go. So, do not worry if some parts of the gallery are not accessible. The permanent collection has been revamped from 45 to 101 exhibition rooms and split across two floors, so there is genuinely plenty to admire.
The core collection appears in chronological order and spans across the gamut of the history of art from ancient Greece to Venetian Paintings. However, the highlight is its grand Renaissance collection and can keep you busy for hours on end. It’s best to limit your visit 3 to 4 hours at the most. And, when it gets too much, you can seek refuge and refreshments in the rooftop Uffizi cafe.
Since the museum offers a great deal to explore, consider opting for one of the Uffizi gallery tours. It will not only impart all the crucial information but also ensure you visit all the must-see pieces in Uffizi. Works by Giotto, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci are waiting to be discovered. Explore the page to find the best Uffizi tour for you!
What are Uffizi Gallery Hours?
Uffizi Gallery opening hours are from 8:15 am to 6:50 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday. This means the gallery is always CLOSED on Mondays. The only exceptions to the regular schedule are January 1st, May 1st, December 25th when the gallery is closed.
The Florence museum tickets office shuts down 45 minutes before closing time, at 6:05 pm and the ushers begin closing down the gallery at 6:35 pm.
Where to buy Uffizi Gallery tickets?
You can buy the ticket in the official Uffizi Gallery ticket office. However, the gallery is one of the most visited sights in Florence so, bear in mind, you will have to queue. In fact, waiting times range from one to two hours.
We highly recommend you getting Uffizi tickets online in advance. Most providers, including the Uffizi Gallery, still require you to pick up your pre-booked ticket in one of the gallery offices which involves further queuing. Some third-party providers do this for you, check the best selling Uffizi tickets skip the line access on DoTravel!
The first Sunday of each month the entry to Uffizi Gallery is free. Still, you have to pick up a free ticket at the ticket office. It’s impossible to book the free ticket online.
What are the top artworks to see?
Uffizi Gallery is the oldest and most popular museum in Florence with over 50 rooms of priceless artworks. The top masterpieces include:
- Virgin and Child with Saint Anne by Masaccio
- Birth of Venus by Botticelli
- Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci
- Madonna of the Harpies by Andrea del Sarto
- Bacchus by Caravaggio
How to get there?
Uffizi Gallery sits on the bank of Arno River, on Piazzale Degli Uffizi. It’s only a 10-minute stroll from Florence's Duomo and under a 5-minute walk from Piazza Della Signoria. Those arriving in Florence by train to the Santa Maria Novella station have two options:
take bus C1 which lets you off by the gallery
take a stroll through the historic city center (20 minutes)
How much time do I need?
If you plan on fitting the Uffizi Gallery into a larger itinerary you have for the day, you can cover the highlights in approximately three hours. Consider giving yourself twice as much time if you are a bona fide art lover, or just want to make the most of your visit!
What is the best time to visit Uffizi Gallery?
To save money, visit the Uffizi from November to February. As of this year, the gallery introduced a new pricing system, making the low-season tickets for the Uffizi Gallery around 40% cheaper than during the rest of the year. Also, the waiting times are significantly shorter.
Otherwise, try to get some time BEFORE the ticket office opens or after 3 pm. If you plan on staying longer than three hours, go for the morning option.
How much does Uffizi Tickets cost?
The ticket is significantly cheaper in the low season from the beginning of November to the end of February. However, even the full Uffizi gallery ticket price is not that high considering the size of the museum.
Do I need a guide?
We highly recommend booking a Uffizi guided tour. If you don’t know much about art, you are likely to get overwhelmed by the sheer size of the collection. Or, even worse, accidentally miss some of the best artworks. Check out our best selling Uffizi skip the line tour for the best deals!
Useful Uffizi Gallery Tips
There will be three different lines/gates at the gallery:
- Door Number 1: entrance for those who have a reservation and have picked up their ticket, or are part of a Uffizi gallery private tours, group, school trip, etc. Facing the building, the left-hand side of the entrance is for large groups, and the right-hand side is for individuals or small groups.
- Door Number 2: The main entrance. Also, this is the place where the ticket office line starts if you haven’t booked your ticket. The line winds down the arcade toward the river Arno.
- Door Number 3: Located across the Piazza Degli Uffizi on the west side of the building, this is the place to collect your Skip-the-line tickets for the Uffizi Gallery if you’ve made your online Florence Uffizi gallery reservations. The gallery urges you to do this only 10 minutes before your reserved entrance time. Still, expect a queue.