Aug 08 The Uffizi Gallery
One of the main reasons people add Florence to their Italy trip itinerary is the great museums the city offers. Besides the Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell’Accademia is another place to go to see David by Michelangelo.
Today, the Uffizi is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Florence. The building used to be a palace/offices for the Medici family in the 16th century. They say artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo gathered at the Uffizi “for beauty, for work and for recreation.” After the house of Medici was extinguished, the Medici family’s art collections remained in Florence and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public as a museum.
Book your tickets in advance
In high season (particularly in July), waiting times can be up to five hours, they say. Visitors who reserve a ticket in advance online have a substantially shorter wait. We went there in October, without knowing we could reserve online. We left our hotel early in the morning and still waited about two hours. Go to the Uffizi website or call the phone number listed to book your tickets in advance.
Look out of the window for a great view
Know what you want to see
To some visitors who are not real art enthusiasts but go there because it is the place to go to in Florence, the collections might be a little too overwhelming. The path starts with Christian art from 1200’s. At first, I enjoyed looking at every Modonna and Child painting, which all looked similar, but I realized that it was never going to end. If you have just one day to visit the museum like me, it is good know what you want to see before you get exhausted.
- Frescos on the ceiling of the corridor: Look up as you walk down the corridor.
- Giotto’s ‘Ognissanti Maesta’ Room 2. From the 14th century, and is a turning point in religious art and ushered in the realism of the Renaissance.
- Martini’s Annunciation, Room 3. a fine example of the realistic portraiture that began at the start of the Renaissance.
- Pierro della Francesco’s two portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino: portraits that are recognized by the art community as one of the first examples of both highly individual, specific portraits and of the shift from religious art to private secular artwork.
- Botticelli: Rooms 10 through 14. ‘Primavera’ and ‘Birth of Venus’ are not to be missed. There may be tourist congestion around Birth of Venus.
- Leonardo DaVinci. Rooms 15. ‘Adoration of the Magi’ not to be missed.
- Duhre: Room 20, showcase many drawings by the German master that must not be missed
- Michelangelo: Room 25, ‘Doni Tondo’ As with all Michelangelo’s work it is startingly colorful and breath-taking, and definitely a good warm-up if you are planning traveling south to Rome and the Sistine Chapel.
- Raphael’s ‘Madonna with the goldfinch’, Parmigianno’s ‘Madonna with the Long Neck’ and Titian’s ‘Venus of Urbino’: Rooms 26 through 28
For more posts on art museums, visit my art trips section.