Uffizi gallery has two entrances, one for pre-booked tickets and one for the offline tickets which you have to purchase on the spot. If you have purchased a ticket online, for example the Skip the Line Uffizi Gallery tickets from Headout, you can straight away head to Door 3 where you can show your booking and pick up your tickets for going up to the gallery.
If you haven’t booked your tickets online then you have a long wait ahead of you, as you have to stop near the Door 2. These lines can stretch long distances especially during the peak summer season. Door 1 is reserved for large groups, school groups and special tours.
The Ground Floor of the Uffizi Gallery is functional and does not actually have any rooms that contain artworks or exhibitions. This is also the floor for the entrances and exit, plus a host of other utilities. Right near the entrance is an audioguide station where you can purchase your audioguides. There is also a bookshop where you can buy multilingual guidebooks to help you explore the gallery. You can also store small luggage at the cloakroom near the entrance.
Once you finish both the first and second floor of the Uffizi gallery you will come down the exit where you can find a bookshop filled with souvenirs and books about the Uffizi Gallery. There is also a post office for sending souvenirs post cards and an ATM near the exit on the ground floor.
You will be spending your time on the first floor after visiting the second floor of the Uffizi Gallery. This floor has a smaller collection of exhibits that are essentially divided into four sections. The Blue rooms ranging from 46 to 55 showcase foreign artists mainly from the 16th to 18th century. These artists include Dutch artists like Rembrandt, Schalken and Gerrit Dou, Spanish artists like Goya and Ribera, and French artists like Chardin, Fabre and Liotard.
The Red Rooms ranging from 56 to 66 include paintings and marble sculptures. The artists showcased in these rooms include Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Vasari and Allori. The rooms 90 to 93 are known as Carravaggesque Rooms and include the works of Caravaggio and his acquaintances. On this floor is also the Balcony over the Arno, a long corridor with three magnificent sculptures – Medici Vase, Mars Gravidus and Silenus.
Your visit to the Uffizi Gallery begins on the second floor and there are 45 rooms on this floor. The numbering of the rooms starts from 1 and goes on till 45. All the rooms are along a U-shaped floor plan flanked alongside three corridors. The second floor is where the main collection of the Uffizi Gallery is showcased and includes a variety of art work from antique statues to paintings belonging to the Medici Collection.
You will find Leonardo Da Vinci’s works including the Adoration of Magi and The Baptism of Christ. One of the major collections is that of Botticelli, more than 15 works are displayed including Birth of Venus and La Primavera. There is a room of miniatures, relics in the archaeology room, a room of ancient maps and other artworks including those of masters like Lippi, Pollaiolo, Perugino, Signorelli, Bellini, Giorgione, Mantegna and Correggio.