UFFIZI GALLERY – THE SPIRIT OF FLORENCE
Exploring Florence is composed of some characteristic points – one of them is visiting museums and especially Uffizi Gallery. I am sure that everyone who plans the trip to the legendary Renaissance City, has a plan to take in at least one museum of many offered by Florence.
I think that it’s necessary (even if someone is not a keen on art) in order to meet the spirit of the town – provided that you stay in Florence more than 1 day (otherwise it doesn’t make sense to go there in rush).
Important information – every first Sunday of month, there is a free entrance to all museums!
For people who love art and have a plan to see literally all art places in Florence, I recommend to buy a Firenze Card – it costs 72 euro, you can see 72 museums and you have 72 hours to use it.
Now I will describe very few museums I’ve been – you know, Erasmus matters, travels etc. However I am happy that I haven’t seen all – thanks to it I will find another 1000 reasons to come back to Florence!
Uffizi Gallery is absolutely number 1 and must-see in Florence. Amazing gallery, where you will find masterpieces of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rubens and Caravaggio. Amazing views of Florence spread from the gallery! For the usual sightseeing you should prepare about 3 hours.
Costs of tickets – as I saw, a normal ticket costs 8 euro, reduced 4 euro when you buy in a ticket office. If you decide to buy online (in this way you will skip lines), tickets are about twice more expensive.
My way of skipping lines to Uffizi Gallery. I mentioned before that on every first Sunday of month there is a free entrance to all museums. You can imagine that it cause enormous queues – therefore I will give you a hint how to play it strategically. Quite accidentally, after a late Saturday night, me and my friend didn’t manage to get up at dawn and get in line. Instead of this, we met in the afternoon and with no rush we went to have an Italian breakfast and cappuccino. Our conversations stalled a bit and eventually we arrived in the Uffizi Gallery about 4 p.m. It turned out that it was a bull’s eye and our procrastination worked out well for us – there was almost noone in the line (and a few hours before the time of waiting in a line was about 2 hours!). It seems like sometimes it’s not worth being in rush and it’s better just to live in the moment!
By the way, there are amazing views of Florence from Uffizi Gallery !
You will find there one of a kind, famous and original David’s sculpture. My first impression was – he is much bigger than you can imagine! I remember that it surprised me a lot – I had a different imagination after watching so many pictures of him in the Internet. In my opinion it’s something you must see at least once in your life – it’s the amazing experience. You will find there a work of Raphael Santi and Botticelli too.
Costs of tickets: 8 euro a normal, 4 euro reduced – when you book online, the situation looks similar as in the case of Uffizi Gallery.
This museum shouldn’t be placed on stage when it comes to Florence, however I love a modern art and therefore in my one of the latest days before the departure I decided to go there.
This museum is dedicated to Italian artists and their masterpieces from XX century. If you want to relax a bit and take a break from touristic places, you should definitely go there. It’s situated very close to the Santa Maria Novella station.
Prices of tickets – 8.50 euro – normal, 4 euro – reduced.
I would like to recommend you other museums, that I didn’t reach, but I am sure that it’s worth going there.
- Palazzo del Bargello – you will find there a collection of National Museum and a numerous renaissance sculptures. There are rather no queues so it doesn’t make sense to buy a ticket online.
- Palazzo Pitti – it was a late residence of Medici, where you will find a big collection of gorgeous masterpieces. You will need a few hours in order to see everything.
- Medici Chapel – there is a mausoleum of Medici family. Michelangelo started building the Chapel and Giorgio Vasari finished it.
- Palazzo Vecchio – is located next to the Piazza della Signoria, late residence of the city council of Florence,
- Museo dell’Opera del Duomo – I heard that is very worth going there! Next time I visit Florence I am definitely going there! You will find there works of art created for Santa Maria del Fiore, Baptistery and Pieta’ of Michelangelo.
And in which museums have you been in Florence? Let me know in the comments!
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By the way, take a look at my article where I’ve described where to find the best pizza in Florence!