The Uffizi Gallery (and Vasari Corridor)

Briefing for first-time visitors with practical information including times & ticketing

Uffizi Gallery Florence

Must see attraction: Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Uffizi Gallery Florence - official website

The Uffizi Gallery Florence is one of the top "must see" attractions for the first-time visitor to Florence. The Uffizi Gallery Florence is one of the two galleries that most visitors want to include on their visit.

The other is the Accademia Gallery which is smaller than the Uffizi but has the single biggest draw with respect art as the home of Michelangelo's statue of David.

The Uffizi Gallery is located at the southern edge of the historic city centre of Florence next to the Palazzo Vecchio that is a feature of the Florence skyline together with the Duomo.

Uffizi Gallery overview   Vasari Corridor   Practical info - Uffizi Gallery   Uffizi Gallery tickets   Guided tours to Uffizi Gallery  

One of the most photographed icons of Florence, Ponte Vecchio is just around the corner.

The Accademia Gallery is about 1km north of the Uffizi, at the northern edge of the historic centre, about a 15-minute walk away. About half way between the two galleries is the Duomo.

The Uffizi, together with the Vatican Museums in Rome, are the top two most visited museums in Italy by visitors from all across the world and the long lines at the museum’s entrance are almost as famous as its masterpieces!

Uffizi Gallery overview

Uffizi Gallery Florence
Stunning architecture - Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery houses the world’s most important collection of Florentine art. The collection traces the rich history of Florentine art, from its 11th-century beginnings to Botticelli and the flowering of Renaissance art. At its heart is the private Medici collection, bequeathed to the city in the 18th century.

Its collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings comprises several universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time, including works by Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.

The Uffizi Gallery occupies the top floor of a large building erected between 1560 and 1580 to house the administrative offices of the Tuscan State. The Gallery was enriched by various members of the Medici family, who were great collectors of paintings, sculpture and works of art.

The collection was rearranged and enlarged by the Lorraine Grand Dukes, who succeeded the Medici, and finally by the Italian State.

Vasari Corridor

Ponte Vecchio Florence
Ponte Vecchio, near Uffizi Gallery

Running across the top of the Ponte Vecchio is part of the famous Vasari Corridor, built for the ruling Medicis by the Renaissance painter and designer Vasari.

The private enclosed walkway leads from the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Museum runs across the top of the bridge to the Pitti Palace on the other side of the river.

This walkway enabled members of the Medici family to move between their residences without mixing with the crowds.

The entrance to the Vasari Corridor is through the western corridor of the Uffizi.

The passage goes over Ponte Vecchio and up the hill to exit at the Boboli Gardens near the Buontalenti Grotto.

At the moment you can only visit in groups organised through tour companies.

Independent visits to Uffizi Gallery - opening hours

Uffizi Gallery, Florence
See extraordinary works of art at Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery opening times

The Uffizi is open Tuesday to Sunday, 8.15am – 6.50pm.

You can obtain admission tickets from opening to 6.05pm.

Note: The Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays. On Tuesdays, because of the Monday closing expect even more demand than normal.


Uffizi Gallery free first Sunday every month

Every first Sunday of the month entrance is FREE for everyone. No pre-booked tickets are sold for these dates.


Uffizi Gallery - when to visit and how long will I need?

Because of its very central location the independently minded visitor has no problem visiting at a time and pace of their choosing. The only real factor to consider is potential waiting times and getting tickets to enter the gallery.

How long your visit takes is a personal thing, if you are really interested in the subject matter allow 3-4 hours, for the guy in the street perhaps 2 hours. If you are doing both Accademia and Uffizi, in one day the Uffizi Gallery is much larger, the Accademia for most people is about 30-90 minutes.

Uffizi Gallery - facilities

Audio guides are available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese and are not included in the standard admission charge.

Unlike the Accademia the Uffizi has a cloakroom. Visitors must hand in umbrellas, large bags and backpacks. There is no charge.

There are two museum shops, one at the entrance and another at the exit of the museum.

There is a cafe, from which there are good views of the city.


Uffizi Gallery tickets

You are strongly advised to purchase tickets well in advance from the official website, banner link below.

When you purchase tickets you have to select a 15-minute time slot for entry into the gallery.

There may be special exhibitions that may have a separate admission charge.

Florence Uffizi Gallery


Florence Uffizi Gallery
Official website for Uffizi tickets

• Standard adult entrance to Uffizi  • Book by time slot

Florence Uffizi Gallery


Florence Uffizi Gallery
Skip-the-line tickets for Uffizi Gallery

• Save up to 2 hours queing time at Uffizi  • Option to add on guided visit

Guided tours including Uffizi Gallery

The standard admission ticket is just that an entrance ticket. You can purchase an audio guide at the gallery.

The alternative is to have a knowledgeable guide show you around, so you don't miss the best bits and are fully informed about what you are looking at.

Skip the line: Florence Uffizi Gallery guided tour

A simple proposition: meet your guide at the entrance of Uffizi Gallery and be escorted directly into the gallery skipping the lines and commencing an authoritative 90 minute guided tour of the gallery.

Pre-booked skip-the-line tickets are of course included and after the tour has finished you can stay inside the museum for as long as you wish.

Florence Uffizi Gallery


Florence Uffizi Gallery
Skip-the-line small group tour Uffizi Gallery

• Local professional guide  • Skip-the-line ticket • Small group max 9 • English speaking guide

Skip the line: Florence Accademia and Uffizi Gallery tour

Explore Florence's two must-visit art museums – the Accademia and Uffizi galleries.

Start with a morning skip-the-line access and 75 minute guided tour of the Accademia Gallery and then spend four hours at leisure either spending more time in the gallery or strolling around the city before your next tour.

In the late afternoon, skip the lines of the Uffizi Gallery, and explore the highlights on a 90 minute walking tour. Again you are free to explore independently after the tour has completed.

Florence City Centre, Italy


florence city centre
Guided walking tour of Florence with Uffizi Gallery & Accademia Gallery

• Skip-the-line access to Uffizi & Accademia Galleries  • See Michelangelo's David • Walking tour of Florence's city centre • Small group up to 17 people

Skip the Line: small group best of Florence including Accademia + Uffizi Galleries and the Duomo with lunch option

A 6-hour tour where you start your morning skipping the line at the Accademia Gallery, then enjoy a walking tour around the town's historic center. Enjoy authentic Italian lunch at a local historic restauran (option to add on). Explore the Duomo and finish the day with a guided Uffizi Gallery tour.

Florence skyline, Italy


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Guided walking tour of Florence with Uffizi Gallery & Accademia Gallery + lunch add on

• Timed entry to Uffizi & Accademia Galleries  • See Michelangelo's David • 3-course Tuscan lunch option available • Walking tour of Florence's city centre • Panoramic tour with expert guide


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