One of the most beautiful museum complexes in Italy and the world, located in the beautiful setting of the city of Florence, in Tuscany. Each year it attracts tens of thousands of tourists thanks to the art collections displayed within its walls. The Uffizi Galleries are one of those things to see at least once in a lifetime or, let's face it, to be seen even several times. Let's find out how the complex is structured and what are the works not to be missed.
- What to see and how to visit Uffizi Galleries
- Birth of Venus, Botticelli
- Spring, Botticelli
- Holy Family (called "Tondo Doni"), Michelangelo
- Venus of Urbino, Titian
- Annunciation, Leonardo da Vinci
- Bacchus, Caravaggio
- Polyptych of Badia, Giotto
- Long-necked Madonna, Parmigianino
- Shield with head of Medusa, Caravaggio
- Majesty of Santa Trinita, Cimabue
- Hours and prices
- Online tickets and guided tours
- User questions and comments
What to see and how to visit Uffizi Galleries
The Uffizi Galleries are a complex of three different museums: the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens.
- The Uffizi they occupy the first and second floors of the imposing building built to a design by Giorgio Vasari. Inside you will find collections ranging from the Middle Ages to the modern age and you can see some of the best known works in the world, such as those by Raphael, Michelangelo, Giotto, Caravaggio and many others.
- Palazzo Pitti, ancient residence of the Medici, the Habsburg-Lorraine and the Savoy, today it is home to four different museums: the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, the Palatine Gallery, the Royal and Imperial Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Fashion and of the Costume.
For more info, please refer to the article What to see at the Pitti Palace in Florence: timetables, prices and advice
- Boboli Gardens it is a real open-air museum, full of ancient statues, caves and large fountains. It is located exactly behind Palazzo Pitti, of which it is an integral part. For more info, please refer to the article Visit to the Boboli Gardens in Florence: How to get there, prices and advice
In this article we will mainly focus on the Uffizi. Find below 10 works that you absolutely cannot miss.
1 - Birth of Venus, Botticelli
The "Birth of Venus", one of the most famous and most studied paintings during the art history lessons. The beauty and delicacy of this painting literally leaves you speechless. The painting depicts the arrival of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, on the island of Cyprus. To represent the goddess in all her naturalness, Botticelli drew inspiration from the elegance of the statues of the classical era.
- Author: Sandro Botticelli
- Date of creation: 1485
2 - Spring, Botticelli
Another beautiful work by Botticelli. The painting shows nine figures from Greek mythology, again including Venus, the goddess of love, in a grove of orange and laurel trees. Although the meaning of the composition remains shrouded in mystery, the "Spring" celebrates love, peace and prosperity.
- Author: Sandro Botticelli
- Date of creation: 1480
3 - Holy Family (called "Tondo Doni"), Michelangelo
The author is Michelangelo Buonarroti, who painted the tondo for the Florentine merchant Agnolo Doni. A peculiarity of this painting is the particular frame. Designed by Michelangelo, it was made by Francesco del Tasso, an exponent of Florentine wood carving.
- Author: Michelangelo Buonarroti
- Date of creation1505-1506
4 - Venus of Urbino, Titian
This work is one of Titian's most famous and portray a young woman lying on a bed with her left hand covering her groin, a position very similar to that of Giorgioni's Venus of Dresden. However, Titian's Venus is in complete contrast to Giorgione's Venus. Titian's Venus is painted in an interior of opulence, in what looks like a palace, somewhere in Venice, while Giorgione's Venus is painted in a landscape. Titian's Venus does not present us with any of the characteristics of the goddess that she is supposed to symbolize: she is not shy or withdrawn, she does not give us the conviction that she is unreachable, or detached. Rather this Venus appears to be a mortal woman of flesh and blood, awake and fully aware of the spectator's presence.
- Author: Tiziano Vecellio
- Date of creation: 1538
5 - Annunciation, Leonardo da Vinci
The painting recounts the moment in which the Archangel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary, kneeling before her and offering her a lily. This work is considered an early work by Leonardo Da Vinci, performed when the young man was still in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio.
- Author: Leonardo da Vinci
- Date of creation: 1472
6 - Bacchus, Caravaggio
The god Bacchus is represented as a young man sitting on his tricilinium, surrounded by the typical elements that characterize him, such as grapes and wine. This work is to be considered one of the most important created by Caravaggio.
- Author: Caravaggio
- Date of creation: 1598
7 - Polyptych of Badia, Giotto
The Badia Polyptych consists of five sections with a triangular cusp: the Madonna and Child are represented in the central compartment; in the side compartments there are depictions of Saints Nicholas of Bari, John the Evangelist, Peter and Benedict, also half-length, finally in the cusps inside the roundels there are busts of angels and the blessing Christ.
- Author: Giotto
- Date of creation: 1300 ca.
8 - Madonna with a long neck, Parmigianino
The strange adult proportion of the child and the famous long neck make Parmigianino's most famous work unique and recognizable, giving grace and stillness to the scene. Everything in this painting is radical and innovative, from the proportions to the strange perspective, passing through the unusual placement of figures within the painting, which shows a painter trying new ways to depict familiar scenes attempted by all the great predecessors. And the Madonna with the long neck is proof that a radically new way can lead to painting a masterpiece.
- Author: Parmigianino
- Date of creation1534-1540
9 - Shield with the head of Medusa, Caravaggio
Along with The Birth of Venus, Caravaggio's Medusa is among the most iconic works located in the Uffizi Gallery. Besides a compelling study of one of the most fascinating characters in mythology, this round work is an exciting exploration of form by one of the great radicals of his time. Representing both Medusa herself, whose head could turn humans into stone, and the mirrored shield that ultimately defeated her, the work is a fascinating exploration of opposites and the nature of art.
- Author: Caravaggio
- Date of creation: 1598 ca.
10 - Majesty of Santa Trinita, Cimabue
The work depicts the Madonna, who occupies a central position in the large altarpiece and is perched on an imposing throne. Baby Jesus sits on the virgin's arms and on either side of the throne there are eight angelic figures, four on each side.
- Author: Cimabue
- Date of creation1280-1300
Hours and prices
- open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 18:50 pm, closed on Mondays, December 25th and January 1st.
- How to avoid queues: to skip the line, we recommend booking online at an additional cost of only € 4,00. The museum ticket office reserves a counter for reservations only.
- € 20,00 from 31/03 to 31/10 - € 12,00 from 01/11 to 28/02.
- Reductions: € 2,00 for citizens of the European Union and of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein from 18 to 25 years included.
- Free: minors under 18, people with disabilities, school groups and teachers, tourist guides and tourist interpreters, Italian and foreign journalists, operators of voluntary associations that operate through agreements at the peripheral offices of the Ministry, staff of the Ministry for Goods and Cultural Activities, International Council of Museums members.
It is possible to buy a single ticket to access all three museums. This is the PassePartout 3 Days, a cumulative ticket for 3 consecutive days and allows access once to each of the museum circuits of the Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, with priority access (access priority is not valid on free days):
- € 38,00 from March to October - € 18,00 from November to February.
- Reductions: there are no reductions, the cost of the ticket has a single price.
Online tickets and guided tours
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
It should be borne in mind that the Uffizi Galleries are one of the most visited museum complexes in the world, it will therefore be necessary to better organize your visit to avoid wasting time in unnecessary queues and risking ruining your day. Here are some little tips for you:
- Free days: The museum complex provides a few free days to visit the galleries. You will find more info on the official website.
- Get up early: the Uffizi Galleries have a very high turnout of visitors. Our advice is to avoid the free days and to organize the visit during a low season, always making the reservation online or by phone. Even with the reservation in hand, we recommend that you go to the museum ticket office early in the morning, at least half an hour before opening, so that you can get in among the first and enjoy the works without too many people.
- Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other museums or attractions in the city, you can buy the Firenzecard and save on admissions. The card costs € 85,00, is valid for 72 hours from first use and allows you to access only once to each of the museums participating in the circuit and to visit their permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. For priority entrance to the Grand Museum of the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, it is necessary to make a free reservation. By adding € 7,00 it is possible to purchase Firenzecard + which allows the use of city transport for 72 hours.
- Priority ticket: to skip the line, we recommend booking online at an additional cost of only € 4,00 for the Uffizi and € 3,00 for Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens. The ticket office reserves a counter for reservations only.
- Watch out for restrictions: a moderate tone of voice and appropriate clothing are required within the museum complex. Mobile phones must be turned off or kept in silent mode. It is also forbidden to consume food and drinks in the exhibition areas, smoke, take pictures with the use of flash and introduce animals, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind.
- Minimum time: visiting the museum complex takes at least a couple of hours. If you are interested in seeing it in depth you will surely have to dedicate at least half a day to it.
Where is it and how to get there
The Uffizi Gallery is located in the heart of Florence, near Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio.
- On foot: the Gallery is only 8 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, 4 minutes from Piazza della Signoria and 2 minutes from Ponte Vecchio.
- By bus: it is possible to reach the Gallery with different buses according to the starting point; the lines that pass nearby are 6, 23, C1, C2.
- Directions: Get directions
Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief
The building that now houses the Uffizi Gallery was built at the behest of Cosimo I de 'Medici. He was the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. The architect who was entrusted with the project was Giorgio Vassari e construction of the Magistracy building began in 1560. In fact, the building was designed to house all the administrative and judicial offices of Florence.
The Pitti Palace, on the other hand, was purchased in 1550 by the Grand Duke of Tuscany and his wife, Eleonora di Toledo, to transform it into the new Grand Ducal residence and soon became a symbol of the consolidated power of the Medici over Tuscany. The name "Pitti" derives from its first owner, Luca Pitti, a Florentine merchant who had it built as his private residence. The Medici were then succeeded by two other powerful families: that of the Habsburg-Lorraine and that of the Savoy.