Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to introduce you a must visit place in Florence, the Uffizi Gallery.
The Gallery was belong to the House of Medici as a family art collection, but it became a museum in 1865. With their wealth, the House of Medici supported many artists and collected their art pieces, especially those in the time of Italian Renaissance.
Those followings are Marimonda’s choice among millions of pieces. From Michelangelo to Leonardo da Vinci, you may see all the paintings that you’ve seen in the book. Vivid colors and sophisticated descriptions of each characters in the paintings will take you to the Renaissance Era. I envy Florentines having those opportunities to live in the past, present and the future.
The Gallery is very big. It took me about three hours to look around the museum briefly. Most of the gallery tours also last 2-3 hours. Most of the tours are conducted in the similar time slot (for morning around 9:00 a.m. / for afternoon around 1:00 p.m.), thus if you visit the museum by yourself, I think it would be better to avoid that time. Otherwise, it will be difficult to focus on the paintings due to lots of noise and the crowds. I didn’t know that, and I wanted to maximize my day (visiting here in the morning and looking around the town in the afternoon). I went there at 9:00 a.m. and moved with the tourist groups in the beginning. It was a bit difficult to enjoy the paintings in peace with the explanations in all the languages you can imagine. I slowed down my pace for about 20 mins, and the rooms were much less crowded.
It’s good to reserve the tickets online in advance. Otherwise you may have to wait for long time in a queue to get the tickets. A single ticket for the Uffizi costs € 20 and for reserve the entrance time is € 4. You can buy a combined ticket of the Uffizi(€ 20) + Pitti Palace(€ 16) + Boboli Gardens(€ 10) for € 38 with discount. To reserve the entrance with a time slot, there’s extra fee. The combo ticket valids for consecutive 3 days. I went there end of June (about 3 weeks ago), I bought the combination ticket with the Uffizi time slot. I didn’t have any waiting issues with other two places when I went there.
Address : Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Hours : 8:15 a.m. – 6:50 p.m. (Tue.-Sun.) Closed on Mondays.