After more than two months of closure following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence reopened its doors to the public on 3 June 2020. To ensure public safety, several health measures and guidelines have been implemented. Please ensure that you adhere to these guidelines and are well-versed with their requirements before booking your ticket.
These are the various sections that are now open to the public at the Uffizi Gallery:
Here are all the essential visitor rules in place at the Uffizi:
The House of Medici, once a powerful political and religious dynasty in Florence, had a fine eye for art. Sometime in the 1560s, Cosimo I de' Medici, former Duke of Florence, asked Giorgio Vasari to design a structure for administrative purposes, as an office, or Uffizi. With Vasari’s heart and soul, the landmark became a special home for the Medici family’s carefully-curated art collection over the years -- and the Uffizi Gallery was born.
Millions of visitors flood to Florence each year to get a glimpse of what could arguably be listed as the greatest art collection in the world -- even above the Louvre in Paris and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. With Uffizi Gallery tickets, you would have the rare opportunity to admire artwork by some of the finest artists who have ever lived, such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo.
The best way to familiarize yourself with all the artwork on display and navigate your way through the massive space is by opting for a guided Uffizi Gallery tour. A professional tour guide, fluent in various languages like English, Italian, Spanish and French will accompany you along the way while enlightening you with interesting trivia and information.
Since the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most popular attractions in Florence, you can almost always find long waiting queues at the entrance. If you’re looking for a way to bypass these queues, the best option is to opt for Uffizi Gallery skip the line tickets; guests get priority access to the Uffizi and can zoom past the long lines.
The Accademia Gallery’s Statue of David is a prime attraction in Florence. If you’re looking for a tour that covers prominent artwork in the city, your best bet would be to opt for Uffizi and Accademia combo tickets. With this ticket option, guests get a guided tour of both Uffizi and Accademia art galleries in the city.
Apart from the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, there’s plenty to see and explore in the city of Florence; from the majestic Duomo to the Pitti Palace. If you’re looking to observe and visit the major attractions in Florence, opting for Uffizi combo tickets is the best option; these will take you on a delightful walking tour of the city.
The Uffizi Gallery is home to countless pieces of exquisite art, spread across more than 100 rooms. While it’s a challenge to cover them all, here are the ones that cannot be missed at the Uffizi Gallery.
Perhaps the greatest piece of art by Renaissance-era painter Sandro Botticelli is the Birth of Venus. Spanning about 10 feet, this piece, originally a gift to the Medici family, beautifully depicts the Goddess of Love, Venus. Situated atop a seashell, seemingly undergoing a baptism, this painting blends Christian and Renaissance thought into one effortless confluence.
Italian painter Fra Angelico’s talent was once described as “near-perfect” by Vasari. His piece, Coronation of the Virgin, represents Christ placing a crown on Mary’s head, surrounded by saints and angels. Due to the use of rich colors, Angelico’s work is arguably one of the best alter pieces in art history and has been at the Uffizi since the 1800s.
Since its excavation, back in the 1500s in Rome, Bandinelli’s Laocoön and his Sons is one of the most famous sculptures to have ever been created. Based on the classic Greek story of the murder of Laocoön and his sons, one can observe Bandinelli’s careful attention to detail in portraying the raw emotion of human agony.
Parmigianino uses unusual distortions to add a radical touch to his portrait of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus. In his attempt to provide a fresh perspective to a tried-and-tested artistic depiction, Parmigianino visualizes a larger-than-life Madonna with a long, swan-like neck, holding a large baby Jesus, surrounded by onlooking angels.
While most painters approach the subjects of their art with an idealistic lens, Raphael, chose to portray Pope Leo X from a more realistic perspective. One can find the Pope in his middle-age, as not just a powerful religious figure, but a public intellectual as well. What speaks volumes here is the influence on art under the Medici family.
Under the tutelage of Verrocchio, da Vinci created his first masterpiece, one that is highly coveted by most art museums in the world. This piece depicts the moment Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would, miraculously, give birth to a boy. In particular, one can focus on the minute details of Mary’s features and the lilies in Gabriel’s palm.
Few paintings from Titian’s era flamboyantly represent erotica like his Venus of Urbino. Regarded as a highly controversial painting of its time, it depicts Venus in a nude form, seemingly representing marriage, motherhood and eroticism. Irrespective of whether you are an art critic, you are sure to admire the painting’s fine detailing and subtle color tone.
Caravaggio’s depiction of Medusa, one of Greek mythology’s most fascinating characters, has held onto critics’ attention for centuries. Based on legend, anyone who looked at Medusa, she could turn to stone. This alluring painting, a canvas on a shield, portrays her decapitated head, at the hands of Perseus, who used a shield to protect his eyes.
Uffizi Gallery opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday: 02:00 PM to 06:30 PM (last entry at 05:30 PM); Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM (last entry at 05:30 PM).
The Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays, and 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
The best time to visit the Uffizi Gallery is early morning before the crowds settle in, or the final hour before entry closes.
You can take public transport like the train and bus to get to the Uffizi Gallery, or drive down via private car or taxi.
Yes. You can alight at Santa Maria Novella, the closest station to the Uffizi. From here, you would have to walk for less than 20 minutes to get to your destination.
You can reach the Florence Duomo by a short, 10-minute walk from the Uffizi.
Q. Is it safe to visit the Uffizi Gallery post-COVID-19?
A. The Uffizi Gallery now accepts only online reservations, and has administered several health measures in place to ensure the safety of its visitors.
Q. What are the safety and hygiene measures in place at the Uffizi Gallery?
A. Several measures have been put in place at the Uffizi Gallery in light of COVID-19. Only bookings made online are accepted at the entrance. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face at all times and their temperature will be checked by thermal scanners before entry. Guided tours now permit only groups of 10.
Q. Are Uffizi Gallery tickets available online now?
A. Yes. The Uffizi Gallery is only accepting online reservations now. You can book your Uffizi Gallery tickets online.
Q. Are Uffizi Gallery tickets refundable?
A. It depends on the ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
Q. What is the maximum group size for guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery?
A. While the Uffizi Gallery is accepting reservations for guided tours, it has placed a cap on the maximum number of visitors in a group. Each guided tour group can comprise a maximum of 10 visitors now.
Q. What are the opening hours for Uffizi Gallery post-COVID-19?
A. Uffizi Gallery opening hours post-COVID-19 are:
Wednesday to Friday: 02:00 PM to 06:30 PM (last entry at 05:30 PM)
Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM (last entry at 05:30 PM)
Q. What parts of the Uffizi Gallery are open post-COVID-19?
A. First and second floors, the Uffizi Library, the Study Room of the Department of Prints and Drawings, the Historical and Research Archive, the Restoration Department and the Consultation Room of the Photographic Archive.
Q. What are the advantages of purchasing skip-the-line Uffizi Gallery tickets?
A. Skip-the-line tickets allow you to bypass the long lines and save time and money on your trip. They also offer exclusive access to certain sections of the gallery which may otherwise be restricted.
Q. How long does it take to explore the Uffizi Gallery on a guided tour?
A. A guided tour of the entire Uffizi Gallery takes around 2 hours. You can also avail 4 to 6-hour long guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery.
Q. When is admission to the Uffizi Gallery free?
A. Entrance to the Uffizi Gallery is free on March 24th, June 23rd, October 11th and October 31st.
Q. What are the languages that the guided tours are available in?
A. You can avail guided tours with a professional guide in a host of languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish and French.
Q. Does the Uffizi Gallery offer any wheelchair and storage facilities?
A. The Uffizi Gallery offers an access ramp from the Via della Ninna. There are also lifts at the beginning and end of the gallery. It also houses a cloakroom where you can store your luggage.