Uffizi Gallery FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to visit the Uffizi?

The collection in the Uffizi is so enormous that visiting the museum could take all day. 

We recommend allotting at least 3–4 hours for your tour of the Uffizi, stopping to admire the masterpieces.

Even if you’re short on time and only want to watch the highlights, allow at least two hours. Follow this schedule to find and view the Uffizi’s main masterpieces.

Is it possible to visit other museums in Florence on the same day?

Yes, you can easily explore other museums and the Uffizi Gallery in one day.

Various guided tours are available online to spend a full day in Florence.

However, beware of ‘art fatigue’ before planning your museum visits in Florence.

We recommend visiting no more than two museums daily (1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon). 

When does the Uffizi open?

The Uffizi is open from 8.15 am to 6.50 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Mondays are, therefore, closed.

The ticket office closes at 6.05 pm, and the museum closes at 6.35 pm: Plan a Trip to the Uffizi Gallery

What is the best way to get to the Uffizi Gallery?

There is a map and written directions to the Uffizi. The gallery is located in the heart of Florence, directly adjacent to the Palazzo Vecchio and the Arno River.

Why is the Uffizi Gallery so famous?

The Uffizi Gallery is home to an extraordinary collection of art, including works by renowned masters such as Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Cimabue, and Leonardo da Vinci. 

The gallery’s extensive collection spans from the 13th to the 18th centuries, showcasing 500 years of priceless and irreplaceable art.

These factors, combined with its architectural beauty and immersive visitor experience, make it a must-visit destination for anyone with an appreciation for art and history.

What is the most famous piece in the Uffizi?

The Birth of Venus by Botticelli: This masterpiece is one of the most famous and appreciated works of art in the world. 

It depicts the goddess Venus emerging from the sea as a fully grown woman.

What is inside Uffizi?

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is home to an extensive and exquisite collection of art, including drawings, sketches, books, prints, paintings, and sculptures, from the 12th to the 17th centuries. 

The gallery’s collection includes some of the best works of renowned artists such as Giotto, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and many more. 

How many floors are there at Uffizi?

The Uffizi Gallery is spread out over three floors, with the first and second floors housing the museum’s collection. Read more.

Can I wear shorts to the Uffizi?

The Uffizi Gallery has a dress code that prohibits visitors from wearing shorts, mini-skirts, and sleeveless shirts. 

The gallery recommends that visitors wear clothing that is appropriate for its formal environment, which includes clothes that completely cover the shoulders and knees.

Why is the Uffizi Gallery so expensive?

The Uffizi Gallery is not inherently expensive. However, the cost of visiting the gallery can vary depending on the type of ticket or tour you choose. 

The cost of skip-the-line tickets to the Uffizi Gallery varies depending on the season, with low-season tickets costing 16 euros and high-season tickets costing 29 euros.

Is there a huge line/wait to go inside the Uffizi?

The main entrance to the Uffizi is for those who purchase their tickets directly at the Uffizi. 

Many people choose to buy tickets once they arrive in Florence, not knowing when they will be able to visit the museum and preferring to be flexible on date and time. 

This results in long lines.

Why are there long lines at the Uffizi?

The museum receives a large number of visitors (almost 4 million in 2022, which equates to more than 5,400 per day). 

There are days with shorter lines and days with longer lines. The line varies greatly and cannot be predicted ahead of time.

Why is it called Uffizi?

The Uffizi Gallery is named after the “Uffizi,” which means “offices” in Italian. 

Giorgio Vasari, a painter, architect, writer, and historian, was commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, to build the building in 1560. 

What room is Venus in Uffizi?

Botticelli Rooms in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence Hall 10/14.

This huge chamber is one of the most famous of the Uffizi, housing some of Sandro Botticelli’s most important works. 

Among the countless paintings, two have come to represent the essence of the Renaissance: The Birth of Venus (c. 1484) and The Spring (c. 1482).

What is the difference between a private tour and a group tour at the Uffizi Gallery?

Private tours and group tours at the Uffizi Gallery offer different experiences for visitors. 

Private tours offer a more personalized and exclusive experience, while group tours are more budget-friendly and offer a comprehensive overview of the gallery’s collections.

Visitors should consider their preferences and budget when choosing between private and group tours.

What kind of services does the Uffizi provide?

Read this page to learn about all of the services available to guests at the Uffizi Gallery.

Can I photograph or film inside the Uffizi Gallery?

Yes. Since July 2014, visitors have been able to take photographs within the Uffizi Gallery. 

When taking photos, please be considerate of other guests. 

The use of “selfie sticks” is not permitted inside the museum. You also cannot use a tripod.

What is the story of the Uffizi?

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, was originally built from 1560 to 1580 to house the administration and judicial sections of Florence. 

The structure was designed to house the administrative and judicial offices of the Duchy of Tuscany, hence the name “Uffizi.”

Today, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the most visited museums in Italy, recognized for its large collection of art from the 12th to the 17th centuries, comprising paintings, drawings, sketches, prints, and sculptures. Read More.

Is Leonardo da Vinci in Uffizi?

Yes, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence houses two early paintings by Leonardo da Vinci: the “Adoration of the Magi” and the “Annunciation.”

These masterpieces are displayed in the Leonardo Room, which was opened in July 2018 and offers a modern and bright space for visitors to admire these works up close.

Who painted Medusa in Uffizi?

Caravaggio, the Italian artist, created the painting “Medusa” in the Uffizi Gallery. 

It is an oil painting mounted on a round convex wooden shield commissioned by his patron, Cardinal Francesco Maria Bourbon del Monte, who gave it to Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici as a gift.

Where is Medusa in Uffizi?

The painting “Medusa” by Caravaggio is located in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, is part of the Sala Caravaggio, and is displayed in Room 90 of the gallery.

Is there a wheelchair available for disabled people at the Uffizi?

Yes, there are three wheelchairs available. As soon as you enter the museum, ask for one. 

You cannot reserve a wheelchair in advance. It is first-come, first-served. Simply express your request when you arrive.

Do not stand in line if you are certified disabled. To enter the museum, proceed to the front of the queue and present your disability card or letter from your doctor. 

More information about services for disabled guests can be found here.

Is there an audio guide available inside the museum?

Yes, audio tours are available for rent at the Uffizi. 

After entering the museum, check the audio guide desk next to the cloakroom to hire one or two audio guides before proceeding upstairs to begin your journey.

You can also purchase the entry ticket with an audio guide online to avoid the hassles onsite.

Are there any special openings at the Uffizi Gallery?

In the case of particular events or times of the year, the Uffizi Gallery may have variable hours of operation.

Please check the official site for updates.

Are there any security measures in Uffizi?

Visitors will be required to show their Green Pass upon arrival. A metal detector is also installed on the grounds. Please do not bring large bags or lengthy umbrellas.

Is a cloakroom service available at Uffizi?

Visitors are welcome to use the free cloakroom service on the ground level to store bulky goods during their stay (maximum dimensions: 40 x 40 x 50cm).

Can I bring my dog or pet to the museums and the Boboli Gardens?

Animals, except guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for the disabled, and pets for medical or therapeutic reasons with a certificate provided by doctors from public health services, are not permitted inside. 

You must send an advance email to uffiziaccessibili@cultura.gov.it with the required certification attached.

What rules must visitors follow when visiting the Uffizi Galleries?

The museum is an institutional building; acceptable behavior and consideration for other visitors are expected.  

Visitors must also observe museum signage and the hall staff’s instructions.  

It is required to switch off or mute electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, to speak in a moderate tone of voice, and to dress appropriately. Read More.

Can I photograph artworks in the Uffizi Gallery?

Visitors are permitted to take amateur images and movies within our buildings for personal or research purposes. It is forbidden to utilize flash, stands, tripods, or selfie sticks.

Do the Uffizi Galleries offer guided tours?

The permanent collection of the Uffizi Galleries is not covered by guided tours.

What is the procedure for renting an audio guide in Uffizi?

Audio and video guides are a non-bookable paid service that visitors with an original legal ID document can rent.

Visitors to the Uffizi Galleries can obtain audio tours immediately or reserve in advance. 

Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Polish, Russian, and Japanese audio guides are provided. The audio guide rental service is available until 5 pm.

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