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“Beautiful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, 50122 Florence, Italy
055 238 8651
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Ranked #21 of 215 Attractions in Florence
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: One of the great museums of the world, the Uffizi houses the premier collection of Italian Renaissance art, featuring works by such masters as Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo and da Vinci.
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This gallery houses some recognisable works of art I remember learning about in school and also one or two from da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Get the audio guide, as it takes you through the development of art from the 1300s through to the 19th century.

Note that the Uffizi does not allow you to take liquids into the gallery. It does allow you to store your bags though, so you don't have to walk around the gallery with a backpack all day!

Phone ahead to reserve tickets though - the lines were manic! Prices were €6.50 without reservation, or €10.50 with reservation. However, I'd suggest trying your luck on the weekend mornings - the museums generally seem a lot quieter then.

Visited January 2013
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“Pick and choose”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

With a museum of this magnitude, here's my advice:
Book in advance- you will regret it if you don't. If you're reading this and it's already too late, consider paying 33 euro for a private guide. That will help you skip the lineup.

Red bull- i don't know about wings but you need good endurance.

Most importantly, pick and choose what sections you might like to spend more time in. Do a quick survey first or study the layout of the museum. Otherwise you will burn yourself out before the good stuff.

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“Nice art gallery spoilt by one awful member of staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

Great gallery and some excellent art pieces. Lots of uninteresting stuff too. Worth a visit if you do not mind the unhelpful, staff. Not sure why this member of staff was working with the public. We had pre- booked tickets online but still had to wait in a long queue to pick up ticket. Member of staff heading queue extremely rude - shouting at tourists and refusing to ask simple question. Information as to which queue to stand in somewhat lacking.

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“Be Prepared ahead of time or be prepared wait”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

As another reviewer mentioned the queue at the Uffizi Gallery is chaotic, confusing and crowded. Even in early March, the lines are long and disorganized. Your best bet is to reserve a ticket in advance. Our hotel staff (the awesome Sandro at Torre Guelfa) made the call for us. There was an additional cost of 4 euros per ticket, plus the 11 euro entry price, but it beat standing in line indefinitely. Even with a reserved day and time to enter the Uffizi, you go to door #3, which is actually across the street, and pick up your reserved tickets. You then come back across the street and stand on the left hand side of door the middle door. The date and time stamp takes you to the front of the line, where you must pass through security. Take as little as possible to speed up your passage through the line. If you're not with a guide, headsets in several languages are available for rental inside. We found this a helpful way to navigate through the building, which is undergoing updates, and has some collections moved into the hallways.

If you are an art fan there is much to see, and you'll be willing to battle the crowds and the small rooms to see it. If you're less so, the most famous items are highlighted in the headset tour, and it takes you right to them. To avoid the largest swell, book your time for 4 p.m., which will still give you a full two hours before the museum closes. Don't miss the outdoor courtyard on the second floor. You'll be rewarded with a nice view of the central city, especially Palazzo Vechicco and El Duomo. There are tables and chairs there, which were unavailable in early March. I imagine in the warm summer months you'll be able to eat and drink in this wonderful area. A number of smokers, take advantage of this outdoor space too. :-(

If you're only going to be in Florence once, take the time to check out the Uffizi. However, if I had to choose between the lovely art in the Uffizi , Accademia Gallery and Museo Dell'Opera del Duomo, the Uffizi would be my third choice.

Visited March 2013
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“V well organised - but big!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The gallery was jam packed with masterpieces and very well organised (recommend the audio tour)but the cafe is expensive - fill up before you go in! The entrances for collecting pre-paid tickets weren't very well signposted - you have to read the little printed pieces of paper stuck up to understand the process.

Visited March 2013
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