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Best Ways to Visit the Uffizi Gallery

Visiting the Uffizi Gallery (La Galleria degli Uffizi) is a must-do when visiting Florence, as it's one of the oldest and most famous museums in the world with one of the greatest collection of paintings (Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael and some European painters) and ancient statues and busts from the Medici family.

You could easily spend an entire day admiring the unique paintings and sculptures, but it's so overwhelming. Allow yourself at least 2-3 hours to the very best pieces.

Be sure to plan your visit ahead, as the Uffizi is one of the most visited museum in Italy. For good reason, you could wait in line for up to 2-3 hours to buy tickets during the high season.

Read on to find out more about best ways to get tickets for the Uffizi Gallery so you save your time and money. See our suggestions for visiting Florence in 3 days!

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The hall of Uffizi GalleryThe Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Buying tickets on the spot

It's possible to buy regular ticket at the spot which costs 25€ in high season (from February to November) and the rest of the year 12 €.

Florence does have a quieter season (from November until March), when the number of visitors are definitely lower. But this doesn't mean that there are no lines in front of the Uffizi and the Accademia. These two museums are city's most visited museums and it's recommended to buy your tickets in advance!

Don't rely on the last-minute approach, as you may miss the tickets. Better, plan in advance and buy the tickets at one of desks in the days prior to your visit.

Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery can be also bought at one of these places:

  • Pitti Palace ticket office
  • National Archaeological Museum ticket office
  • Orsanmichele Museum store (located in Via de’ Calzaiuoli)
  • ticket office of any of the national museums in Florence.

Visiting the Uffizi Gallery for free

The entrance to the Uffizi is free on the first Sunday of the month (between October and March) and some other special days for the city of Florence. We recommend to avoid visiting on these days, as the lines are long and the museum is overcrowded. 

Note that kids under 18 years, visit for free (if accompanied with adults) as well as persons with disabilities, scholars, tour guides and some other categories.

For young people (between 18 and 26) coming from  European union (plus Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Uruguay), the ticket costs only 2€.

The Uffizi Gallery opening times

The Uffizi Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15am to 6:30pm (the ticket office closes at 5:30pm). It's closed on Mondays,1st January and December 25 (Christmas).

Uffizi Gallery buildingUffizi Gallery building

Buying tickets to Uffizi Gallery online

The easiest way to get your tickets is to purchase them online. There are many online vendors but we recommend to buy your tickets at Tiqets or GetYourGuide.

There are many various options when it comes to the Uffizi Gallery tickets. Read on to find out more.

Priority entrance tickets to Uffizi Gallery

Visitors of the Uffizi gallery find priority entrance tickets very useful as you don't have to wait to enter the museum. However, you'll still need to show your smartphone voucher and ID at entrance gate 3 to receive your paper ticket.

Next, you need to proceed to gate number 1 with your paper ticket to enter directly (look for the sign "People with reservation").

Make sure to arrive 15 minutes before your assigned time and bring your ID with you.

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Combined tickets to Uffizi Gallery

Another option is to buy one of tickets that combine entry to the Uffizi with some other Florence sights.

One of the most popular is PassePartout 5 Days in Florence that allows you to visit Uffizi Gallery (you'll get digital audio guide for Uffizi Gallery) and several others popular sights in Florence (Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Bardini Gardens, National Archeologic Museum and Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure). 

This pass is valid for 5 days so you have enough time to visit all! It's a pretty good deal!

Visitor's review: This ticket is good value and all 3 sites were worth it. I loved that we had 5 days to visit all 3. Guides are not necessary in these spots. Skip the Line very helpful.

Buying Florence Pass for visiting Uffizi Gallery

There's one last option if you want to visit the Uffizi Gallery - purchasing the Florence Pass. This pass allows you not only to visit the Uffizi Gallery, but also to skip-the-line to visit Florence Cathedral and climb the Brunelleschi Dome (to enjoy stunning views of the Florence) as well as visit Accademia Gallery (plus discounts on other entry tickets).

The Florence Pass will make your trip to Florence super easy!

Visitor's review: You really get to see a lot with this pass. The cathedral complex could easily fill more than one day (and you get three days to view it), and the Accademia and Uffizi are unmissable.

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Taking the Uffizi Gallery guided tour

To make the most of the visit, we recommend taking a guided tour. A local guide will introduce you to the history of this amazing museum and also guide you from one to another masterpiece, telling you stories and details behind them and what they represent.

A great sources of guided tours are Viator and GetYourGuide, both offering a range of guided tours by local companies. On both websites you can compare all tours available on specific date and choose the one that best suits you.

Travellers can choose from various tours but we recommend choosing small-group tour or the private one. We found this small-group walking tour by City Wonders to be excellent!

Note! All tours include museum tickets, so don't buy tickets separately! Additional plus is that you'll avoid waiting in the line for tickets and enter at priority entrance).

A private tour will be completely customisable according to your pace and taste, although going with a group would be surely cheaper.

Tourists visiting the Uffizi Gallery on a small-guided tourTourists visiting the Uffizi Gallery on a small-guided tour

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You'll easily find the meeting point - it's a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio (the tour representative will be wearing blue City Wonders jacket and holding tour sign). Headsets you get will allow you to clearly hear the guide throughout the tour (very useful).

The tour starts with an introduction of Uffizi Gallery (that dates back to the 16th century and it was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici to house the administrative and judiciary offices) then takes you on the second floor, where there are 45 halls displaying works of art from the 13th to the 18th centuries. 

Your guide will take you to watch all the main works with an excellent historical sequence and the explanations of even very interesting details about each the paintings.

You will get explanations about the various art pieces, which is the main advantage of guided tours because the Uffizi are not an interactive museum – you won’t find any information there, besides the name of the author and piece.

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How to book this tour of the Uffizi Gallery? Booking the tour is so easy and hassle-free. Click here, choose the tour. Once the tour is paid, you'll get confirmation directly to your email. For even easier experience, see your ticket at GetYourGuide mobile application.

You'll have your digital ticket at your fingertips, and all tour details (date and time, duration, booking reference code) including contact of tour provider (in case you need to phone them) as well as explanation of how to find the meeting point.

You can easily cancel the tour online (if you purchase this option). So easy!

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The Uffizi Gallery in FlorenceThe Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Best time to visit the Uffizi Gallery

It's important to find the best time to visit the Uffizi Gallery to have the most pleasant experience. As with most of the famous museums and sights in Italy, the Uffizi Gallery doesn't have a very clearly defined high and low season.

However, if you are visiting from November until February, the visit will be more pleasant thanks to the fact that there are fewer people in this period.

More important is knowing what day and what time of the day to visit. It's good to skip the weekends, as the museums are more crowded than during weekdays. During the weekdays, there are lots of school groups, which comes mostly in mid-morning or right after lunch.

This means that good time to visit the Uffizi Gallery would be around lunch time, starting from 1pm. You'll have enough time (1-5 to 2 hours) to see the artworks before the crowds come back. 

Or go late afternoon (after 5pm), when you'll find a lot less people around than early morning or midday.

Taking photos is allowed in the Uffizi (but without the flash)Taking photos is allowed in the Uffizi (but without the flash)

Top tips for visiting the Uffizi Gallery (to make the most of it)

  • When visiting the Uffizi Gallery, don't try to see all of it. It's a lot even for very experienced art lovers. You can decide in advance what to see - don't try to every single piece in the galleries. Pick some favorities that you really want to see and know more about and take plenty of breaks!

  • When visiting the Uffizi Gallery you'll be doing a lot of walking and taking lots of stairs, so wear comfortable shoes. Also wear comfortable clothes!

  • Note that backpacks, big bags and other large items are not allowed into the museum. Leave all these at your accommodation, but is you have one with your, there's a cloakroom at the museum where you can leave your items.

  • It's allowed to take photos of all the beautiful masterpieces, but make sure to turn off the flash, as the light can damage the delicate paintings. However, selfie sticks and tripods are forbidden and if they find you walking around with one, it will be takes from you.

  • The entrance to the Uffizi is free on the first Sunday of the month. Avoid visiting on these days, as the lines get very long and museum is very crowded.

How to reach the Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio

The Uffizi Gallery is located in the heart of Florence (Piazzale degli Uffizi 6) and is easily accessible from most sights in the city. It stands atop a hill overlooking the Arno River, offering stunning views of the surrounding area. 

If you are already in the centre of Florence, walking to the museum is the best way to reach it. When starting from the Accademia Gallery, head southwest on Via Ricasoli toward Piazza delle Belle Arti. You will spot the Piazza del Duomo. Turn right and the immediate left onto Via dei Calzaiuoli. 

Continue onto Piazza della Signoria, turn right onto Via Vacchereccia and you'll spot the Uffizi Gallery.

The closest bus stop to Uffizi Gallery is Diaz, located 250 meters away from the gallery. Many other buses stop nearby as well that can take you directly to the gallery.

Visiting the Uffizi Gallery with kids

Families are very much welcomed at the Uffizi GalleryFamilies are very much welcomed at the Uffizi Gallery

Visiting the Uffizi Gallery with kids can be challenging and the museum is overwhelming.

First of all, it's absolutely necessary to buy your tickets in advance to avoid lines and waiting with children. Secondly, plan your visit in advance and make a list of art works you are going to see as it is not possible to see it all. 

Consider booking a guided tour with a guide who works well with children. We are sure your kids will love this Treasure Hunt in Uffizi (Private + skip the line), 2-hour tour on which they will discover the museum through small games and riddles. 

Another great choice would be this 2.5-hour private family tour of the Uffizi, on which the guide engage your kids with fames and fun stories (hotel pick-up is included; 2 daily departures).

Where to stay near the Uffizi Gallery

Casa di Chiara apartment in Florence

If you want to stay near the Uffizi Gallery, then Centro Storico would be obvious choice. In historic centre, you'll find most of iconic sights of Florence and you will be able to explore easily. 

Here you'll find most 5-star hotels of Florence as well as well as great apartments (book well in advance for affordable prices).

If you want to stay somewhere away from hustle and bustle, choose accommodation in Oltrarno (across the Arno River). This part of Florence is quieter and less expensive and you'll find many charming restaurants and wine bars here as well as authentic artisanal shops.

Staying in San Niccolò could be a good choice, as this charming neighbourhood is a short walk to historic centre and is known for artisan shops, restaurants and magnificent views of the city.

We would recommend staying at Casa di Chiara, a stylish new apartment, located 25-minute walk from the Uffizi Gallery. This apartment is unique and so comfortable, that you'll feel like at home. The owners are super friendly and will make your stay memorable. A true find!

If you prefer hotel stay, choose Globus Urban Hotel, situated in San Lorenzo district, only a short walk from the Duomo and historic centre. This hotel can be reached on foot from Santa Maria Novella train station, which is convenient if you are arriving (and departing) by train. Hotel offers super comfortable rooms and rich and tasty breakfast served in hotel's restaurant. Staff of the hotel is what makes this place special - they are friendly and helpful.

Alba Palace Hotel is another great hotel in Florence, just around the corner from Santa Maria Novella train station. From the hotel, you can easily walk to the historic center (in only 5 minutes). Rooms are very comfortable and clean offering a pleasant stay. The breakfast buffet had a wide selection and the staff were friendly and accommodating.

Some of the most famous paintings in the Uffizi gallery

  • Cimabue: The Trinita Madonna
  • Duccio: The Rucellai Madona
  • Giotto: The Ognissanti Madonna, the Badia Polyptych
  • Simone Martini: The Annunciation
  • Paolo Uccello: The Battle of San Romano
  • Piero della Francesca: Diptych of Duke Federico da Montefeltro and Duchess Battista Sforza of Urbino
  • Fra Filippo Lippi: Madonna with Child and Two Angels
  • Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci: The Baptism of Christ
  • Hugo van der Goes: The Portinari Altarpiece
  • Sandro Botticelli: Primavera, The Birth of Venus, The Adoration of the Magi and others
  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Annunciation, The Adoration of the Magi
  • Piero di Cosimo: Perseus liberating Andromeda
  • Albrecht Dürer: The Adoration of the Magi
  • Michelangelo: The Doni Tondo
  • Raphael: Madonna of the Goldfinch, Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi
  • Tiziano: Flora, Venus of Urbino
  • Parmigianino: The Madonna of the Long Neck
  • Caravaggio: Bacchus, The Sacrifice of Isaac, Medusa

At the Uffizi Gallery you'll see Giotto's Virgin and Child enthroned, surrounded by angels and saints. This painting was made at the height of his artistic maturity and, for over a century, it was a model of inspiration for Florentine painters. The work is also known as Maestà di Ognissanti.

Giotto's Virgin and Child enthroned, surrounded by angels and saintsGiotto's Virgin and Child enthroned, surrounded by angels and saints

One of the most famous masterpieces you'll see in this museum are Primavera and the Birth of Venus, from Sandro Botticelli. You may recognize his painting of the Birth of Venus, which shows the goddess being carried ashore in a giant seashell. Primavera shows arrival of spring with dancing gods and muses in a garden. 

The Birth of Venus, from Sandro Botticelli.The Birth of Venus, from Sandro Botticelli
Primavera, from Sandro BotticelliPrimavera from Sandro Botticelli

Michelangelo’s Holy Family (or Doni Tondo) painting dates back to the same period as his David statue, and is one of the few remaining examples of Michelangelo’s painting, together with the breathtaking frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.

The Doni Tondo also laid the foundations of mannerism, also known as Late Renaissance. This style of European art featured bizarre, striking poses and iridescent colors, and your guide will help you to see its clear origins in this masterpiece.

Uffizi Gallery the Holy Family by MichelangeloUffizi Gallery the Holy Family by Michelangelo

You'll also see one of the most celebrated portraits of the Italian Renaissance (done by Piero della Francesca), the diptych features the Duke of Urbino, Federico da Montefeltro and his wife Battista Sforza (by Piero della Francesca).

Famous diptych by Piero della FrancescaFamous diptych by Piero della Francesca

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