Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi)

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Key Info

Piazzale degli Uffizi 6

Price & Hours

16.50 euros (about $19.75) for adults; free for kids 18 and younger
Tues-Sun 8:15 a.m.-6:50 p.m.

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Occupying the top floor of the U-shaped Palazzo degli Uffizi along the banks of the Arno River, the Uffizi Gallery was Europe's first modern museum, created by the Medici family at the end of the 16th century. Today, the museum is any art lover's dream: it still displays the family's prominent art collection, which includes such masterpieces as Botticelli's "Birth of Venus," Raphael's "Madonna of the Goldfinch" and Titian's "Venus of Urbino."

Because of the many works of art housed here, you're going to need to take your time. One of the best ways to see the highlights and learn about the lesser-known pieces is to take a tour or rent an audio guide. Many recent visitors also said that the main problem with this museum isn't art overload, it's the crowds. Before you visit, check out the museum's official website, where you can purchase tickets in advance and acquire additional information about the gallery's extensive art collection, showcased in more than 45 halls.

The Uffizi Gallery – which sits just a few blocks from Ponte Vecchio in central Florence – is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:15 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. Admission is 20 euros (around $23), but if you plan to purchase your tickets online, expect to pay a modest reservation fee. For more information, visit the gallery's official website.

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