Go and see one of the world’s most famous museums with a visit to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. Sitting alongside the River Arno and next to Piazza della Signoria, the Galleria degli Uffizi is home to some of the most impressive pieces of Renaissance art on the planet, making it a must-see on your trip to the Tuscan capital.
When you arrive at the Uffizi Gallery, prepare to queue to get in. As one of the most popular attractions in Italy, large numbers of visitors go every day. The wait’s well worth it once you get inside though. To save time, pre-book your tickets online or arrive early in the morning.
As you walk through the U-shaped museum, you’ll see masterpieces by the Italian greats, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Giotto and Botticelli, displayed in chronological order. With works spanning the centuries, including Greek statues and biblical paintings, the biggest collection is from the Renaissance period, the decades between the 12th and 17th centuries.
To make the most of your visit, hire an audio guide or go on a group guided tour of the museum. With your very own art history expert on hand to answer questions, you’ll find out all about the works on display as you walk from hall to hall.
The Uffizi Gallery is open every day except for Monday. You’ll probably spend three to four hours looking through the galleries before going to the rooftop cafe where you can enjoy impressive views of Ponte Vecchio, the River Arno and beyond.