the Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi is a world famous museum with a collection of Primitive and Renaissance Italian art. It is featuring works from Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio and Botticelli. The Gallery was created by Grand-duke Francesco I and the powerful Medici family, who ruled for 3 centuries over Florence. Out of their family came three popes (Leo X, Clement VII, and Leo XI). The family was a great collector of paintings, sculpture and works of art.
The Uffizi is in the center of Florence next to the Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. On the picture to the right you see the Duomo in the background; the Palazzo Vecchio is the building with the tower. From the railway station it is about 15 minutes walk to the Uffizi.
Usually there is a long queue of visitors. We arrived at the Uffizi a few minutes after opening time (8.15) and had to wait 40 minutes. In the early afternoon, the queue was allmost twice as long. Besides the waiting time, the temperature in the early morning is also lower. When we were in Florence, the temperature in the afternoon was hot (35 Celcius degrees). Our accommodation was the Hotel Della Nazioni*** near the station, with breakfast at 7.00.
The opening time is: Tuesday to Sunday 8.15am to 6.50pm. Closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, May 1st and Christmas Day.
Admission is €9.50. Children under 18 and living in the EU have free admission.
(I had to show my childrens passport/ID to get their free entrance).
Florence, Uffizi Gallery, waiting row
Florence train station
Uffizi Gallery, inner yard of the museum
Inside the Uffizi museum (picture Sailko)