Being the cradle of Renaissance, Florence (when it comes to artistic and architectural heritage) beats any other Italian city. In fact, it’s home to the greatest Renaissance art collection in the world residing in the vast Galleria degli Uffizi. This U-shaped palace was built between 1560 and 1580 by the powerful Medici family. Though its original purpose was to serve as offices for Florentine merchants and judges, fate had other plans. You can learn this and more by booking our Uffizi audio guide ticket with fast-track access.
The gallery encompasses several of Italy’s most famous paintings and hence enjoys heaps of visitors every single day. Buying the Uffizi Audio Guide Tickets with fast-track access saves you time otherwise wasted waiting around in queues. Often, when you buy an online ticket, you still have to queue to collect the official Uffizi tickets at another gate (30 mins to 1h wait) because the gallery doesn’t accept third-party printouts as tickets. And, after that, you still have to queue to go in. Read more
Beware, even if your ticket allows you to skip the usual line, everyone still needs to pass through a metal detector. In peek season, the queue for the security check can stall you for around 30. Please, consider this when planning your itinerary
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But not with us! Our promoters do all this for you. They collect your official ticket and lead you to enter the gallery via special entrance for groups, and in you go.
What’s even better, the ticket includes an incredibly practical guide in the form of the POP Guide app. POP Guide is a handy smartphone application full of knowledge. Simply download it into your phone, scan the QR code we will have provided and an informative tour of the gallery
Over 10.000 people stroll through the halls of the Uffizi gallery on a daily basis. Given that the Uffizi Gallery ticket price is relatively affordable (considering the sheer size and importance of the collection), few people dare to miss it when in Florence. Consequently, trying to buy your ticket on the spot at the last minute can be frustrating.
Purchasing Uffizi Audio guide ticket with us not only makes getting a whole lot easier, but you also get to enjoy a fantastic self-guided tour learning about all things important. While it’s ok to visit some museums without any guidance whatsoever, this is not the case with the Uffizi. Its collection is so vast and varied it’s easy to get overwhelmed and somewhat lost among all that art. Moreover, thanks to POP Guide app, you don’t have to carry an ancient bulky radio set around your neck. Just download, activate and plug in your headphones! Best of all, the app doesn't need wifi or mobile data to work!
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Uffizi Gallery is, undoubtedly one of Florence’s greatest treasures. If you want a little sneak peek into its history, keep reading!
Uffizi Gallery History
The origin of the Galleria Degli Uffizi stretches all the way to the time of the Republic of Florence. The first Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de Medici, decided to build the palace to create office spaces for Florentine magistrates, merchants, judges. The works began in 1560 and took exactly 20 years to complete. Though the whole thing was Cosimo’s idea, he didn’t live to see it complete. It was his son, Francesco I de’ Medici, who saw the project through. He entrusted the construction to a skilled artist and architect, Buontalenti.
The Birth of the Collection
Since Palazzo degli Uffizi was so generous in space, Francesco decided to turn the rooftop loggia into a personal gallery. It featured his collection of 15th-century paintings as well as precious stones, jewelry, statues, bronzes, cameos, miniatures, instruments of science, and even natural rarities. So, when the Uffizi needed a new extension, Buontalenti kept this new leisurely function in mind and added a theatre and tribune to the structure.
The Hall of Maps (Medici’s map collection of their domains in Florence, Siena, and Elba) and the Mathematics Room (featuring innovative scientific instruments) joined the party between the 16th and 17th century. Still, it wasn’t until the year 1769 when the gallery officially opened to the public.
Nowadays, the Uffizi entrance fee opens the door to the history of Italian art peppered over 50 exhibition rooms. Book Uffizi Audio Guide Tickets online to create the perfect art-filled afternoon.