The Uffizi Gallery (And Vasari Corridor)

A First Time Visitors Briefing With Practical Information Including Times & Ticketing

Uffizi Gallery Florence
Uffizi Gallery Florence

Uffizi Gallery Florence - Official Web Site

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 Duemo. One of the most photographed icons of Florence, Ponte Vecchio is just around the corner. The Accademia Gallery is about 1000m 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 Duemo.

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!.


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.

Ponte Vecchio Florence

Ponte Vecchio Florence

Vasari Corridor

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 Medeci 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, like the tour detailed at the bottom of the page.

Independent Visits To The Uffizi Gallery - Practical Information

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.

Note: The Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays

On other days you can obtain admission tickets between 08:15 to 17:00

On Tuesdays, because of the Monday closing expect even more demand than normal.

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 Uffiizi, in one day the Uffizi Gallery is much larger, the Accademia for most people is about 30-90 minutes.

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

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 Uffiizi 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.


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

When you purchase tickets you have to select a 15 minute time window within which you will seek entrance.

Florence Uffizi Gallery Tickets

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 human guide show you around so you don't miss the best bits and are fully informed at 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 Guided Tour

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 Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Guided Tour

Skip the Line: Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour

Avoid long lines at the Uffizi Gallery as your guide delivers an informative commentary on your 1.5-hour tour through the gallery's main rooms. Next, you'll enjoy a private viewing of the Vasari Corridor. (See Vasari Corridor section further up the page).

Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor Walking Tour Tickets
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