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Uffizi Gallery Tickets and Tours in Florence

The Uffizi Gallery is probably the most impressive of Florence's highlights. Here's all you need to know on getting your tickets, as well as recommendations on the best tours of this must-see museum

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

7 min read

Uffizi Gallery Tickets and Tours in Florence

Uffizi Gallery seen from the Arno River | ©John Menard

With 1,500 works of art and 45 rooms that trace the history of classical art, the Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most important collections in the world.

1. How to visit the Uffizi Gallery

Sculpture in the Uffizi Gallery
Sculpture in the Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is one of those museums with endless queues, receiving 2 million visitors a year, so getting a ticket or a guided tour in advance is practically essential. Here are the best options:

2. Skip-the-line entrance to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Sunlight illuminating the Uffizi Gallery | ©Graham and Sheila
Sunlight illuminating the Uffizi Gallery | ©Graham and Sheila

If you are one of those who prefer self-guided tours of landmarks to visit them at your own pace, getting a skip-the-line ticket to the Uffizi Gallery pre-entry and quick access in advance is the best recommendation I can give you. As I said, the access queues of this museum can become endless, and being tired before even entering the Gallery can certainly ruin your experience.

With this ticket, you are guaranteed to skip the queues and have time to visit the interior collection at your own pace, without following any guided tour (at the museum entrance you can find plans and audio guides to help you orient your visit).

3. Early bird, skip-the-line entrance with guide to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

The Birth of Venus, Botticelli | ©TheMarcusChance
The Birth of Venus, Botticelli | ©TheMarcusChance

If you are one of those travelers who start your day of sightseeing early in the morning and do not want to get lost among the immense collection of the Uffizi Gallery, this option offers you a guided tour in the morning in a small group to know the ins and outs of its main masterpieces with preferential access in the least crowded time slot.

This is, for me, the best option. Personally, I find that a museum with so many works of art can be overwhelming, and visiting it without a specialized guide can maybe make you lose interest. With this tour, led by a professional guide, you are sure to see and understand the essentials of one of the most important museums in the world. In addition, being in a small group, the atmosphere will be more personal and friendly.

What is included in this entry

  • Quick Entry
  • 2-hour guided tour with an English-speaking art historian
  • Small groups of no more than 15 people
  • Headphones for groups of more than 7 attendees
  • Time to walk through the gallery on your own after the tour is over

4. Skip-the-line entrance with a guided tour to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Hall of the Uffizi Gallery | ©Tzenik
Hall of the Uffizi Gallery | ©Tzenik

If instead, you do not want to get up early and prefer to visit the Uffizi Gallery in the afternoon, this group tour with fast-track access follows more or less the same itinerary as the previous one and will not force you to get up so early.

Vicky's Traveller Tip

The tours of the Uffizi Gallery will guide you to the fundamental works of art of its collection. If you prefer to visit it on your own and without investing too much time, do it around 4.30 p.m., when there are fewer crowds.

5. Guided tour of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Accademia Gallery

Plaza Degli, Uffizi Gallery
Plaza Degli, Uffizi Gallery

If you are planning on visiting both the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery with its 'David' by Michelangelo, (which I 100% recommend, I would not be able to choose only one between the two), this guided tour of the two most important museums in Florence can be the best option for you.

It is a very good option to save time (as you will skip the queues) and money since it is cheaper than hiring a guided tour for each museum separately. It also includes a walking tour of the historic center of Florence, where your guide will explain the history of this beautiful city and some of the most important monuments that you will see on your way, such as the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria.

About the Academy Gallery

The "Galleria dell'Accademia" is the other must-see museum in Florence, for inside it houses nothing less than the original 17-feet sculpture of Michelangelo's 'David'. This museum was built in 1784 to be used as a sculptural study space for Fine Arts students and includes other sculptures by Michelangelo, such as the 'Prigioni' and 'San Matteo', and religious works by other Renaissance masters, such as Andrea Orcagna, Fra Filippo Lippi and Botticelli.

What is included

  • Skip-the-line digital ticket
  • 4-hour guided tour of the historic center of Florence, the Accademia Gallery, and the Uffizi Gallery
  • Professional guide
  • Groups of no more than 19 people
  • Free time between visits to pick yourself up (lunch is not included)

Itinerary of the guided tour of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Accademia Gallery

  • Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Florence Duomo
  • Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, where the 'David' once stood
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Battistero di San Giovanni
  • Gallerie Degli Uffizi

6. Guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery and walking tour of Florence attractions

Ponte Vecchio | ©Igor Oliyarnik
Ponte Vecchio | ©Igor Oliyarnik

This guided tour of Florence with fast-track entry to the Uffizi Gallery, is really good value since for an inexpensive price it adds a walking tour of the city of Florence and some of its highlights, such as the exteriors of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Convent of San Domenico and the Piazza della Signoria.

What is included in this tour

  • Quick entrance to the Uffizi Gallery
  • Guided group tour
  • Headphones for groups of more than 15 people
  • Walking tour of Florence

Itinerary

  • Departure from Piazza di San Firenze at 2.30 p.m.
  • Basilica of Santa Croce. It is the largest Franciscan church in the world and the most interesting temple in Florence, housing an actual pantheon with nearly 300 tombs of important figures from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century as Machiavelli and Galileo, and works by authors such as Donatello, Giotto, and Brunelleschi.
  • Church of Santa Felicità. An ancient portico church crowned by the Vasari corridor and housing two masterpieces by Pontormo.
  • Piazza della Signoria. It is the most important square in Florence, a real open-air museum and with the magnificent Loggia dei Lanzi, which brings together sculptures by great masters of the Renaissance.
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Ponte Vecchio. One of the most famous bridges in the world and a must stop to take some of the best pictures in Florence.
  • Porcellino Fountain. It is tradition to touch the nose of this famous statue of piglets.
  • River Arno. You will cross it over the Ponte alle Grazie, with a pleasant guided walk along its left bank. From there you will get great views of the Florence skyline, with the building that houses the Uffizi Gallery, the impressive aerial structure of the Vasari Corridor, the Dome of the Florence Cathedral, and its Giotto's Bell Tower, the towers of the Palazzo Vecchio and Bargello.

7. Organize your visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

La Primavera, Botticelli | ©George M. Groutas
La Primavera, Botticelli | ©George M. Groutas

Schedules

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays, December 25 and January 1. Hours from 8:15 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. In summer it opens in special hours some evenings.

How to get there

The Uffizi Gallery of Florence is located in Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6. You can reach the Uffizi Gallery on foot from any point of the city center, aboard a tourist bus or on the bus lines 23 and C1.

8. Why visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence?

Entrance of the Ufizzi Gallery
Entrance of the Ufizzi Gallery

To begin with, because it is one of the most important museums not only in Florence but in the whole world and because, even if you are not a great art lover, seeing works like Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus' or Da Vinci's 'The Annunciation' is one of those things that must be done at least once in a lifetime.

In the Uffizi Gallery you will also travel through the history of classical art, from Greece to the eighteenth century, through other jewels of artists such as Caravaggio, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Titian, Giotto, and Greek and Roman statues, drawings and prints.

A little bit of history

The vast collection of this museum is due to the fact that it was used as a storage place for the entire collection of works assembled by the most famous and powerful dynasty of patrons in history, the Medici. Designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 by order of Cosimo I de' Medici, this Gallery of Offices owes its name to the fact that it was originally conceived as the seat of the offices of the Florentine magistracies.

After the fall of the Medici from power in the 18th century, the palace was transformed into a museum, one with 1,500 works of art distributed in 45 rooms arranged chronologically.

9. Other interesting visits in Florence

Visiting the Uffizi Gallery is a must in Florence, but so is seeing Michelangelo's David, which is in the Accademia Gallery, and the Duomo of Florence, so check out my other articles about Accademia Gallery Tickets and Tours and Florence Duomo Tickets and Tours. Also, discover the best ways to visit them and get to them on a tour bus in Florence: Hop on Hop off Bus Tours.

Frequently asked questions

  • What can I see at the Uffizi Gallery?

    The Uffizi Gallery hosts some of the most important works of art of the Italian Renaissance, such as The Birth of Venus, Michelangelo's David, The Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico and other classic paintings by Titian, Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael.

  • How long will it take me to visit the Uffizi Gallery?

    Visiting the Uffizi Gallery's highlights will take two hours on average, but visiting thoroughly may take about half a day.

  • What can I do after visiting the Uffizi Gallery?

    Some highlights of Florence near the Gallery are Ponte Vecchio, Loggia dei Lanzi, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio. Also, you can go for drinks to La Terrazza Rooftop Bar.