If you are reading this article you are probably interested in or you have already planned your vacation in Florence. For guests staying at one of our Residences or for those who are looking for advice on what not to miss during their vacations in Florence, our suggestion is definitely a visit to the Uffizi Gallery. This museum represents today the largest Renaissance art gallery, the structure itself is an extraordinary work of art for its harmonious and modulated design perfectly inserted in the city context. A place for open dialogue between art and men.
The building was created to house the offices of the thirteen Florentine magistrates. Cosimo I de ‘Medici in 1561 had wanted it and he had commissioned it to Giorgio Vasari. It was built near Palazzo della Signoria because Cosimo I could better keep under control the offices.
He chose the Doric style “more secure and firm” and he wanted the niches that housed statues of all the famous Florentines “in arms, letters and civil governments”.
Booking the entrance to the Uffizi Museum
We recommend to book your ticket on the official website to avoid the line, especially during the summer months and holidays.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 8:15 a.m. to 6:50 p.m.
It is important to know that with the Uffizi ticket it is possible to visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Museo dell’Opificio delle Pietre Dure free of charge.
For the visitors who book online there is a separate entrance to avoid the queue. It will be necessary to go to the ticket office (door number 3 at Piazzale degli Uffizi) 15 minutes before the visit to collect the ticket showing the email confirmation of payment.
The Gallery is accessible to visitors with different motor skills, for them and for a family member or other accompanying person, access is free and priority.
What to see at the Uffizi
The works of art in the Uffizi Gallery are absolute masterpieces, testimonies of artists from the thirteenth century (Cimabue, Giotto, Duccio di Buoninsegna), to the seventeenth century (Caravaggio) and the eighteenth century.
The core of the Uffizi is certainly the incredible collection of Renaissance works. Here the most important Florentine artists (Lippi, Pollaiolo, Botticelli, Leonardo) are placed side by side with works of the Northern European school (Van Der Weyden, Van Der Goes, Memling, Dürer). Wonderful are also the works of the Venetian school (Bellini, Giorgione, Lotto, Titian, Tintoretto) in an ideal comparison with the masterpieces of the Florentine manner (Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Bronziono, Michelangelo).
If you are planning to spend your vacations in Florence and you want to be sure to not miss the history of all these wonderful masterpieces you can book, during your stay in one of our Residenza, a private tour with an official guide of Florence. Professional and passionate about her work, she will know how to inspire you and she will show you the way to walk among the countless art works present in the 45 rooms of the Uffizi Gallery.
For those who wish to come on vacation in Florence and prefer to trust in people who have always lived in Florence, we suggest an elegant stay with attention to detail and a visit in the company of an official guide of Florence.