Definitely recommend as a must see for everyone visiting Florence - not just art lovers!
It is easy to see why this museum is so popular. There is an awe-inspiring vast collection of art works from all the great Italian artists, like Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael on display in this magnificent gallery. Of the huge collection of art works from the Renaissance period, Botticelli's The Birth of Venus was spectacular to behold. The extensive paintings and statues are housed in a stunning building that is a work of art in its own right. Once an aristocratic private residence, the roof of the upstairs corridor is covered in frescoes and the walls lined with paintings of rich colourful scenes and portraits of ancestors.
When planning your trip:
· Would definitely recommend booking tickets in advance online to skip the long queues and to avoid missing out altogether. It is simple to book online and there is only a very small booking fee.
· When booking, as well as choosing the date you will be visiting you also need to select a time. Time slots are in 15 minute increments. They do this to stagger the number of people going through.
· You need to make sure you turn up at least 15 minutes to half an hour before your allotted time as you have to pick up your actual ticket on the day of your visit. The office to do this is located across the courtyard on the other side of the museum entrance. You then go back to the entrance for pre purchased tickets and wait in a small line for your appointed time, much better than spending hours queuing for a ticket.
· Remember it is closed on Mondays.
We went early in the morning which was a good way to beat the heat, as the gallery is not air conditioned. Even at that time there were long queues of people waiting to buy tickets and the rest of the sessions for the whole day were booked out. We spent around 3 hours looking around.
We spent some time in the bookshop which has a great selection. We bought a small comprehensive book with wonderful pictures of a good selection from the huge collection, as when we visited photos were not allowed, however I believe you can now take photos.
As there is so much to absorb, we visited Uffizi on one day and then went to Accademia Gallery another day so as not to get too overwhelmed.
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