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After 77 days of closure due to the pandemic, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence reopened to the public on 21 January 2021. This move comes with various public safety measures in place. Here's everything you need to know before planning a visit.
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.
EU citizens between the age of 18-26 enjoy reduced pricing on their tickets. They will need to provide a valid government ID as proof to avail of this benefit.
Differently-abled visitors and children under the age of 18 enjoy free entry into the Uffizi Gallery.
Uffizi & Accademia Gallery
Uffizi & Accademia Gallery + walking tour of Florence
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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.
The Uffizi Gallery is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, along with 1 January and 25 December.
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.
Yes, the Uffizi Gallery is completely accessible by differently-abled visitors. Special ramps and elevators are available for use.
Yes. Guests can deposit their luggage, coats and other carry-ons free of charge. The cloakroom is located near the entrance.
The Uffizi Gallery has public washrooms, a cafeteria, bookshop, and an ATM.
Yes, photography is permitted. However, flash photography and the use of tripods or selfie sticks is not permitted.
The Uffizi Gallery reopened to the public in January 2021 with a slew of safety measures in place for public health. The most important one being that it now accepts online reservations.
Several measures are in place at the Uffizi Gallery after its reopening in 2021. Online bookings of Uffizi Gallery tickets are available. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks at all times and their temperature will be checked by thermal scanners before entry. Social distancing must maintained at all times.
Yes. Guests can now book their Uffizi Gallery tickets online.
Yes, your Uffizi Gallery tickets include skip-the-line access, allowing you to bypass the long waiting lines and head straight to security check.
Yes. Guests can book Uffizi Gallery tickets that include guided tours.
The Uffizi Gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday from 08:30 AM to 06:30 PM. It is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, along with 1 January and 25 December.
Yes. Special ramps and elevators are available at the Uffizi Gallery for differently-abled guests.