Beginner’s guide to Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous galleries of the world, it has an exceptional collection of masterpieces. The greatest part of the collection belongs to Italian Renaissence. If this is the first time that you are visiting it, these are the things you should know in order to better manage the time spent in there.  Uffizi Gallery is situated in the heart of Florence close to the Ponte Vecchio and just a few steps from Piazza della Signoria, the city’s most famous square.

Uffizi actually means offices as originally it was built to welcome the offices of the magistrates of Florence. It hosts works of Botticceli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo and Raffaello, so it seems quite obvious that visiting the museum is a must when in Florence. However, if you spend only one day in the city you should focus on the rest of its treasures as the Gallery itself will keep you busy for almost a whole day.  It is – together with the Vatican Museums- the most visited museum of Italy with two million visitors a year, hence be prepared for long queues and waiting. However you can buy your ticket online and save much time.

Good news is that you can visit the Uffizi for free on the first Sunday of the month.

And now to the masterpieces: the Uffizi has 45 rooms filled with spectacular works, so unless it’s not your second/third visit you will need to concentrate on finding the most interesting ones.

So let ‘s see what are those paintings that you absolutely cannot miss when coming to this fabulous Florentine museum. The absolute superstar is the Venus of Botticelli that you can admire in the rooms 10-14 of Botticelli it is like the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, you will need to fight with the mess to see it, but it will worth anything!  Primavera of Botticelli is also in these rooms. For Michalengelo’s Holy Family, also known as Tondo Doni is in room 35 while for the Venus of Urbino of Tiziano you will need to go to room 83. My personal favourite, the double portrait of the dukes of Urbino of Piero della Francesca is in room 8.

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