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Uffizi Gallery Tours | Explore the Famous Gallery in Florence With an Expert Guide

Commissioned in the 1560s by the powerful House of Medici, the Uffizi Gallery was designed by Giorgio Vasari and initially built as an office for administrative and legislative purposes. Cosimo l de’ Medici, former Duke of Florence, and the whole Medici family were admirers and patrons of art. Their carefully curated art collection soon found a home in the Uffizi Gallery and that’s how the attraction came into being. 

The gallery is home to possibly the greatest art collection in the world with artworks of the finest artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael to name a few, on display. It predominantly features artworks of European artists. Recently, the Uffizi Gallery has included artworks of women and people of color – sections of society that have been historically marginalized. 

Make the most of your visit to this renowned gallery by going on an Uffizi Gallery tour. Here’s what you need to know!

Why Take a Uffizi Gallery Tour?

Uffizi Gallery is one of the most popular and most visited landmarks in Florence. Here are a few reasons why you should take a guided tour.

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All Your Uffizi Gallery Tour Options

Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour

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Florence Wonders with Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Visit + Small Group Tour

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Semi-Private Uffizi Gallery Renaissance Art Tour

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Florence Half-Day Tour – Uffizi & Accademia Galleries with Florence Cathedral

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Florence Half-Day Tour with Uffizi & Accademia Galleries

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Highlights Covered on Your Uffizi Gallery Tour

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The Tribune

Designed by Bernardo Buontalenti, the Tribune is an octagonal room inside the Uffizi Gallery built to house the jewels and embellishments of Francesco l de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Florence at the time. It is also home to sculptures, paintings, and some beautiful natural items like precious stones. According to Christian tradition, the number eight draws near Heaven, hence, the octagonal shape of the structure.

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Department of Prints and Drawings

Located on the first floor of the gallery, the Department of Prints and Drawings is housed in what was formerly the Medici Theater and boasts a rich and one of the most important collections of images in the world. The department consists of over 177,000 prints and drawings, the collection of which began in the mid-17th century and continues to grow. The collection dates back to the end of the 14th century. The department also includes a photo gallery, library, and the recently installed study room for academics, researchers, and Italian and foreign students.

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The Corridors

There are three iconic corridors on the east, west, and south of the top floor of the gallery. The corridors are lined with statues, paintings, busts, and frescoes that date back to the 14th century depicting the history and glory of the House of Medici and Tuscany. The corridors are also famous for the spectacular views their large windows offer of the city’s important landmarks – Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, the river, the green hills in the south of Florence, Santa Maria del Fiore, and Orsanmichele.

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The Grand Staircase

You just cannot miss the grand staircase leading to the gallery. Divided into two parts, the first flight of stairs was designed by Vasari in the Florentine Renaissance style and stops at the first floor while the second flight is made in Neo-Classical form and goes up to the floor of the gallery via an elliptical vestibule. The whole stairway is done up in green pastel shades reflecting the bright interiors of European cities like Saint Petersburg and Vienna.

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Medusa

Displayed in Room 90, the Medusa by Caravaggio is one of the most powerful and poignant paintings at the Uffizi Gallery. This world-famous piece of art depicts Medusa, a mythological character whose hair is made up of venomous snakes and who has the ability to turn men into stone, on a wooden ceremonial shield. Presented as a gift to Grand Duke Medici, Medusa portrays a certain sense of realism. The artist used his own face to depict the horrific expression on Medusa’s face following the beheading by Perseus, a Greek demigod.

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The Birth of Venus

A masterpiece by early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus was painted in 1495 and is one of the most popular paintings at the gallery. It shows the goddess of love and beauty’s naked form arriving on Cyprus Island on a huge scallop shell. Inspired by the Hellenistic period, the beauty of Venus depicted in the painting will leave you stunned.

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The Annunciation

Walk into Room 35 only to be greeted by Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Annunciation’ created in collaboration with Andrea del Verrochio, his master. The Annunciation might not be perfect in terms of technique since it’s one of da Vinci’s early works, but it is still moving and compelling enough to take your breath away. The artwork depicts Archangel Gabriel visiting Virgin Mary (Madonna’s lilies stand as testimony to her virginity) to pronounce the birth of Jesus.

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Coronation of the Virgin

One of the best altarpieces in art history, the Coronation of the Virgin was originally conceived as a triptych. Described as a “near perfect” piece of art by Vasari, this painting by Fra Angelico depicts Mary being coronated by Christ in the presence of saints and angels. The use of rich colors and the depiction of spirituality through the golden rays in the painting make it a must-see artwork at the gallery.

Guided Tours vs Non-Guided Tours

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Guided Tours

  • Guided tour tickets include a skip-the-line feature, which allows you to avoid waiting in long queues for hours to guarantee priority entrance.
  • An Uffizi Gallery guided tour includes an expert guide with in-depth knowledge about the attraction. You can tap into them for insight and facts about the gallery and the artworks of the artists on display.
  • Guided tours have a fixed itinerary for an efficient tour of the attraction. This itinerary includes all the major points of interest and famous artworks you must check out on your visit to the gallery.
  • A guided tour includes a small group of people to offer a complete and interactive experience to tourists.
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Non-Guided Tours

  • General admission tickets allow you to explore the attraction at your own pace.
  • An audio guide will help you know more about the history of the Uffizi Gallery. You will also learn more about the artists and their artworks exhibited at the gallery.
  • General admission tickets forbid you to skip the line or walk past huge crowds to enter the attraction. This means that you will have to wait in long queues to access the gallery. This could take anywhere between 30 minutes to a couple of hours.

What to Expect on an Uffizi Gallery Tour?

The Uffizi Gallery is vast with more than a hundred rooms and thousands of artworks put on display. You might find it difficult to navigate the gallery or figure out which artworks to marvel at all by yourself, which is why we recommend booking a guided tour for yourself. Such tours include an expert who knows the attraction inside out. They will be able to enhance your experience of the visit by telling you all that there is to know about Uffizi Gallery.

Your tour of the gallery will begin on the second floor, which consists of 45 rooms showcasing a wide collection of artworks including paintings, sculptures, and antique statues from the House of Medici’s curated collection. Admire artworks of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Signorelli, Bellini, Giorgione, Mantegna and Correggio. Also, find miniatures, archaeological relics, and ancient maps.

You will, then, be taken to the first floor, which is divided into four sections showcasing artworks by Dutch, French, and Spanish artists predominantly from the 16th to 18th centuries. Also, find paintings and marble sculptures by artists like Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Vasari, and Allori. The tour ends with a visit to the Balcony over the Arno, a long corridor comprising three beautiful sculptures – Medici Vase, Mars Gravidus, and Silenus.

Visitor Tips

  • Book your Uffizi Gallery tickets online and in advance.
  • There is a cloakroom near the entrance to store luggage.
  • Check out the bookshop near the entrance if you want to buy souvenirs and books about the Uffizi Gallery.
  • Check out the different exhibitions and events that take place at the gallery.
  • Enjoy a meal or some snacks at the Uffizi terrace cafeteria while soaking in stunning, panoramic views of the city.
  • Wear comfortable shoes because you will have to do a lot of walking inside the gallery.
  • Head straight to the second floor and then work your way down.
  • Do some prior research about the artworks you wish to see.
  • You can also get audio guides near the entrance to the gallery.
  • Photography is permitted. However, you cannot carry tripods or selfie sticks inside. Flash photography is not allowed.
  • The gallery is accessible for those with reduced mobility. Use the ramp on Via della Ninna.
  • Visit early morning or the final hour before entry closes to avoid crowds.
  • Do not touch the artworks, talk loudly, or dirty the gallery in any manner. Eating and drinking inside the exhibition area is not allowed.
  • There are public washrooms as well as an ATM in the gallery, in case you wish to avail of these services.

Frequently Asked Questions About Uffizi Gallery Tours

Q. Can I book a Uffizi Gallery tour?

A. Yes. You can book a Uffizi Gallery tour here.

Q. How do I book a Uffizi Gallery tour?

A. You can book a Uffizi Gallery tour online.

Q. How much does a Uffizi Gallery tour cost?

A. Uffizi Gallery tour tickets are priced at €50 and above.

Q. What are the different types of Uffizi Gallery tours?

A. There are five types of Uffizi Gallery guided tours available – Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour, Florence Wonders with Uffizi Gallery Skip-the-Line Visit + Small Group Tour, Semi-Private Uffizi Gallery Renaissance Art Tour, Florence Half-Day Tour with Uffizi & Accademia Galleries, and Florence Half-Day Tour – Uffizi & Accademia Galleries with Florence Cathedral.

Q. What is included in the Uffizi Gallery tours?

A. The Uffizi Gallery guided tours include all the major points of interest inside the gallery as well as a look at all the prominent and popular artworks on display.

Q. In what languages are the Uffizi Gallery tours available?

A. The Uffizi Gallery guided tours are available in 5 languages – English, German, Italian, Spanish and French.

Q. What does the Uffizi Gallery tour cover?

A. The Uffizi Gallery guided tour covers all the major points of interest and popular artworks inside the museum.

Q. How many people can go on a Uffizi Gallery tour?

A. It depends on the type of guided tour you book. The Uffizi Gallery guided tours usually have a maximum capacity of 15 guests.

Q. Is a Uffizi Gallery tour worth it?

A. Yes. The Uffizi Gallery guided tour is worth it because it is home to possibly the greatest art collection in the world, even better than the Louvre in Paris or the New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The collection includes artworks of the finest artists to have ever walked on the face of Earth – Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Caravaggio, to name a few.

Q. Do the Uffizi Gallery tours include skip the line access?

A. Yes. Uffizi Gallery guided tours include skip the line access.

Q. Can I cancel a booked Uffizi Gallery tour?

A. Yes. You can cancel a booked Uffizi Gallery guided tour 24 to 48 hours before the scheduled date and get a full refund.

Q. How long is the Uffizi Gallery tour?

A. The Uffizi Gallery tour is between 2.5 to 6.5 hours long, depending on the tour you book.

Q. Are there any discounted tickets for Uffizi Gallery tours?

A. Reduced prices are available depending on the date and the experience you choose to book. Read your ticket details carefully before booking them.