This is one of world’s great art museums and a must-do for visitors to Florence. It is also one of the busiest attractions so pre-ordered tickets (see the website) or passes are HIGHLY recommended during the summer and shoulder seasons. Housed largely on the top floor of a 16th-century administrative palace built by Cosimo I, the collection includes part of the Medici family’s acquisitions and commissions.
The works are distributed throughout the separate rooms by artist, period and/or origin. Purchase a guide from the bookshop when you arrive to give you an idea of what-is-where and some background on the most important pieces: “Uffizi Gallery: The Official Guide of All the Works” is a good one with quality reproductions, and makes a nice souvenir of your visit as photography of any kind isn’t allowed in the galleries. Audio guides are also available for an additional fee.
Raphael, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Lippi, Titian, Caravaggio… they’re all here and them some!
A few good things to know:
• Backpacks, bags and umbrellas must be checked (no charge)
• The galleries are handicapped-accessible with some assistance: see the website
• Cellphone use is not allowed
• The gallery has a cafe (with a nice terrace view) and restrooms
• Ticket prices vary depending on special exhibits
• Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, January 1st, and May 1st
My favortie painting in the Uffizi is Botticelli's Venere (or Venus). It is a magnificent painting that just speaks harmony to me. The flowing of the clothes and hair just really mesmerized me for the 3-4 minutes I stood in front of it.
Museum reservations are a great idea in Florence. You can wait in line if you prefer, but you'll feel great walking right past that long, hot line. Primarily, you'll need them for the Ufizzi (the most important collection of Italian painting anywhere) and the Galleria dell'Accademia (with Michelangelo's David).
There are all sorts of commercial web sites offering to make reservations for you for a relatively large fee.
But you can make the reservations yourself for just a couple of euros by calling the official Florence museum reservation service. You can use the same reservation number for the Uffizi, the Accademia or other museums. They speak English.
From the US: 011 - 39 - 055 - 294 - 883
(yes this is the right number - Italian phone numbers can be any number of digits!)
If you are already in Italy, you call:
055 - 294 - 883
The cost of this reservation is 3 euros, but you don't pay this fee until you buy your ticket, or at least, the last time I used the service (Feb. 2008), I didn't.
The benefits, in addition to a lower fee, are: IF there is no line at the museum, you don't have to use the reservation, just buy your ticket. If you want to change the reservation, just call and change it - there is no fee. And if you don't show up, there is no fee.
If you go the website I have listed, click on Services, then Tickets, and scroll all the way down the page for their info on booking via phone or in person.
Finally, most hotels in Florence will be happy to make the reservation for you, if you don't want to call and do it yourself. But if you wait until you arrive in Florence and it's high season, you may not get the times you want. Or any times at all!
If you are willing to visit the Offizi (you should) please note that:
1. with a web reservation you'll pay 4 euros more, but you save a lot of time without waiting and you have a special entrance door
2. the audiophone costs 4 euros more and are not so detailled. Better to buy a good book in my opionion
3. Italians before 18 and over 65 years are FREE. EU citizens from 18 to 25 have a special rate.
4. There is a (free) wardrobe for big backbag or umbrellas but not for coats or normal bags. Go there as light as you can.
6. Good to go there if you are interested in studying the Japaneese people but you cannot afford Tokyo. I've never seen such a concentration in my life.
I am not giving any other tips, the Uffizi is one of the beautiful museum of the world.
The Uffizi Gallery, founded in Florence in 1581, by the De Medici family, is one of the oldest museums in the world. Many important works of Italian and other schools, dating from between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, are kept here, including the largest existing collection of Tuscan Renaissance paintings.
The Uffizi is probably the greatest museum in the world. There are so many great works of art in this museum it is daunting, however my favorite room is 10/14 Botticelli room. It houses 15 of Botticelli's greatest works. Most were painted in Florence while he was working for the Medici Family. Amoung the paintings are the Birth of Venus, Primavera (Allegory of Spring) and Magnificat Madonna. I was not a big fan of Botticelli until I saw his paintings in person. This room is truly amazing.
The Uffizzi is one of the great art museums of the world. It houses many masterworks by mainly italian artists, but also has works by other european masters. Amongst those represented are Leonardo DaVinci, Botticelli, Carravaggio, Raphael, Ruebens and Van Dyck.
Originally built as a palace for the Medici, it became a museum in the late 15th Century, open by request. It opened to the public in 1765. Because it is one of the top tourist destinations in Florence, advance tickets are virtually mandatory as lines can be quite long, especially during high season. Photography is not permitted. Though one can take photos of the many statues outside representing the giants in the arts and sciences of the Italian Rennaisance.
The Uffizi has a magnificent collection of art and sculpture that they had collected or commissioned.
Highlights are works of Botticelli: Birth of Venus, Rite of Spring; Raphael; Michelangelo; Caravaggio; Cimabue; and others.
Enjoy a capuccino at the end of your tour. A tour of the Uffizi lasts about 2-3 hours.
Make a ticket reservation as soon as you arrive in Florence for a guaranteed entry into the gallery. Do not waste your precious time in Florence waiting in line
The Uffizi (offices) itself is located on the corner of Piazza della Signoria, a site important for three main reasons:
In 1301, Dante was sent to Exile from here
In 1497, it was the location of the Bonfire of the Vanities
In 1504, it was the original location of Michelangelo's David
Considered as one of the oldest museums in the world, the Uffizi has more than 1800 collections of artwork and each of them brilliant. The building itself was build to house the uffizi or administrative offices of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
The collections are displayed in different "rooms" numbered from 1 to 45. Famous works include Micheangelo's Doni Tondo, Parmigianino's Virgin of the Long Neck. My favorite artwork is Botticelli's Birth of Venus & Primavera (so cliche, isn't is?). You can take a break & have some refreshments on the rooftop restaurant & terrace.
I couldn't take any pictures of the collection because photography is prohibited in the galleria
Tickets are 8€ but less for minors.
The Uffizi museum allows 660 visitors in at one time, so get in bright and early otherwise you will have to queue for hours! Either that or make a reservation, an extra 3€, a day or so before and you can waltz in at your designated timewithout queuing
In this Gallery there is a wonderful art collection ....
Here one of the most beautiful....La nascita di Venere del Botticelli.
The scene represents Venus, born of the sea, being sped by Zephir towards land, where an Hour is ready to cover her with a beautiful cloack
We had reservations for 12:45. We weren't sure how helpful they would be. But we showed up at around 12ish. We were told to go across the plaza to buy tickets. That line went fast. Then back to the other side to wait in line. The line was long but not too bad. And we got in the time of our reservation. We paid a small fee ($2-3) and it was worth it.
The Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition was my favorite. It was great and I would have happily paid admission to just see that. You have to wonder if the Leonardo Da Vinci ever had time to sleep considering everything he was able to accomplish. Apart from the exhibits in the Leonardo Room, there is a painting of his in one the upstairs rooms.
Another favorite was the Botticelli Room with The Birth of Venus and Primavera. The level of detail of the two paintings are wonderful. I could sit and look at them all day.
The layout of the museum is a little confusing and the museum itself is huge. You could spend a whole day there. There is something like 1,700 or so paintings. It's unbelievable.
On a side street off to the right (if you're facing the Arno) there is a small memorial for the 1993 attack on the Uffizi in which 5 people were killed. It's a small olive tree and if you blink you may miss it. Something about the subtlety of the memorial makes it more poignant.
The Uffizi was a former palace of the Medici. It opened its doors to the public more than 400 years ago, making it one of the worlds oldest museums. It features European art from the 13th through the 18th centuries, containing masterpieces by Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Bellini, Mantegna, Raphael and Botticelli's celebrated "Birth of Venus." Check out the classical statues in the Tribune, a red room with a pearl shell dome.
The Uffizi had a large collection of paintings. The Bottecelli Room was particularly of interest with the paintings of Venus. If you like paintings, you've come to the right place.
Get there early, though, to beat the crowd. Also, the tour groups can get to be a bit annoying when you're trying to enjoy a painting.
This museum holds an amazing amount of wonderful paintings and scuptures. There is a long U shaped corridor off of which there are over 45 rooms that contain approximately 1,700 paintings, 300 sculptures, 46 tapestries and 14 pieces of furniture and/or ceramics. Among them Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Joy of Spring .
The gallery is not open on Mondays
Reservations are recommended.