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Housing works from the likes of Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Da Vinci, Velazquez, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo, the world famous Uffizi Gallery has brought travellers and locals alike to the helms of its artistic Mecca since time immemorial. Built in 1581 as public office space, it’s no surprise that the biggest collection of Italian renaissance is held in regal and romantic Florence, where time seemingly stands still. Whiling away a day among Italy’s most prized treasures at the Uffizi Gallery is a must-do for travellers to this city. The beauty of Uffizi isn’t just within the walls though, but beyond them. A stroll to the entrance of the gallery shows off exquisite symmetrical pillars and a sumptuous detailed design that’s lasted more than 500 years. Heralded by artists the world over, a visit to Uffizi is a not-to-be-missed Florentine experience.

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  • Our tips for Uffizi

    Our tips for Uffizi
    • Closing hours don’t spell the end of the fun The Uffizi Gallery at sunset is quite a sight. Stroll the perimeter of the museum to truly soak up this spectacular building.
    • Follow the Uffizi trail. Works in the gallery are presented chronologically, taking viewers on an enlightened journey of the Renaissance, beginning to end. Enjoy the chronology; it takes the stress out of gallery planning.
    • Enjoy charming views at the museum’s rooftop café. All out of steam? Take a recess from these overwhelmingly impressive pieces and visit the museum’s terrace café for a breather with beautiful views.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit Florence’s most prestigious gallery is always booming, with crowds peaking during the top tourist season of the European summer, during the months of June to September. Winter months promise a quieter Uffizi, while first-light morning visits and late afternoon to evening viewings also sees crowds lessen.
    Getting There Situated in the heart of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery is less than ten minutes walk from train station Santa Maria Novella (SMN). The Uffizi sits next to the Piazza della Signoria and boasts great views of Florence’s best-loved bridge, the Ponte Vecchio.
    Money Saving Tips Strapped for cash? The best way to save some extra dough in Florence is by prioritising your must-sees. Look at your bucket list, and see where we offer cheaper combination tickets and saver deals that include Uffizi Gallery tours among other key attractions to get extra bang for your buck.
    Did you know? Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about the Uffizi Gallery…
    • In 1993, a car bomb - allegedly organised by the Sicilian Mafia - damaged parts of the palace, destroying three paintings altogether and damaging 30 other pieces. It wasn’t until 1998 that a renovated Uffizi reopened the damaged galleries and restored art works were displayed again.
    • The gallery was initially built under the request of Granduca Francisco de’ Medici. The son of Cosimo I was looking to create public offices and a meeting place for bureaucrats. In fact, the word ‘Uffizi’ translates to ‘office’ in Italian.
    • The 1996 flood from Arno River saw the city of Florence virtually underwater, with works in the Uffizi Gallery under threat of irreversible water damage. As word spread of the flood, tourists and locals alike rushed to the city in a bid to rescue the artworks. They succeeded, and were dubbed, the “mud angels”.