Museum Hack: A Game Plan for Visiting Florence's Uffizi Gallery
The prominent museum in the city's Piazza della Signoria welcomes millions of visitors annually, who can view more than 45 halls of artwork spread over two floors. Planning a visit? Follow our game plan for what to see and do.
For the First-timer
There’s no way you’ll get through the whole gallery in one day (and after, you'll need to relax. Here's where to go nearby). But stick to the second floor and you can watch the Renaissance unfold in a couple of hours, says Florence-based art historian and blogger Alexandra Korey—it’s crowded, but the collection is unbeatable. Look for paintings of the Madonna and Child by Giotto, Botticelli’s Venus, and Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, the artist’s only painting in Florence. End in the new first-floor Titian hall with Venus of Urbino, perhaps his greatest—and most controversial—piece.
Return Trip To-dos
Check out this summer’s show of rarely seen 15th century painted wooden sculptures (until August 28). And always worth a look is the Cabinet of Miniatures, an elaborately decorated room lined with some 400 tiny portraits.
The Vasari Corridor, the Medicis’ passageway that houses amazing self-portraits by the masters, is not open to the public unless you book a private tour at the Uffizi website.