Uffizi Gallery Opening hours

From Tuesday to Sunday, Uffizi Gallery is open from 8.15 am to 6.30 pm. 

Uffizi Gallery is closed on Mondays except April 10, 24, May 1 and August 14. 

The last tickets to the museum are available at 5.30 pm. 

The Museum is closed on Christmas. 

Uffizi Gallery offers free admission on the first Sunday of every month. 

You can also get free admission on April 25, June 2 and November 4.

Best Time to Visit the Uffizi Gallery

Best Time to Visit the Uffizi Gallery
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The best time to visit the Uffizi Gallery is early morning when the museum opens for visitors. 

Mornings tend to be less crowded than afternoons at the Uffizi. 

Get there as close to opening time to encounter shorter lines and fewer groups packing the galleries. 

Expect wait times to increase substantially by 9.30 am or 10 am. 

Crowds typically peak between 11 am and 2 pm, so aim to visit earlier or later.

Late afternoons, starting around 3 pm, also see fewer visitors as people start heading to dinner. 

While you’ll miss the good morning light, the galleries will be less congested and you can admire masterpieces like Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in peace. 

Just be aware the museum closes at 6:50 pm.

So, beat the closing rush by wrapping up your visit by 5:30 pm.

Best day of the week to visit Uffizi Gallery

Best day of the week to visit Uffizi Gallery
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Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays tend to be less crowded than weekends at the Uffizi. 

Fridays also draw sizable local crowds.

If visiting on a weekend, Sunday mornings are your best option, with Saturday being the busiest and most crowded of the week.

Mondays offer an automatic crowd-free visit since the museum is closed that day. But don’t get caught trying to go then!

During peak spring and summer, be aware that crowds stay consistently large most days. 

Tuesdays through Thursdays will be marginally less busy than weekends in high season.

Avoid major Italian holidays and local festivals, as they draw huge attendance from locals and tourists alike. 

Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter weeks also tend to be crowded. 

Major exhibition openings will also spike crowds for weeks thereafter, so check the schedule.

Best Seasons and Months to visit Uffizi Gallery

Winter is the quietest time at the Uffizi when tourists are fewer and the museum feels most intimate. 

From November through February, you’ll encounter minimal crowds and wait times. 

The lack of groups makes this an ideal period for leisurely viewing the collections. \

Keep in mind that winter closures may affect your planned dates.

Early spring before Easter is another good window, as crowds have yet to spike but the weather is pleasant in Florence. 

Late spring transitioning into summer sees an enormous uptick in visitors, with June through August being the peak congested tourist season.

If coming in summer, May and September are your best options when there are slightly fewer tourists than the core months. 

Weather is still agreeable without the oppressive heat and humidity of July-August. 

Just know you’ll need to reserve well for these popular months.

School holiday weeks should also be avoided, as families flock to the museums. 

These include Christmas, Easter, and Italian public school breaks (typically around All Saint’s Day, Carnevale, and Liberation Day). 

If possible, avoid major Italian vacation periods of mid-August and the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

How long does it take to explore the Uffizi Gallery

Visitors usually spend three to four hours to explore the Uffizi Gallery and enjoy all the masterpieces. 

If you wish to take a detailed look at each room and gallery, then you will need a longer time. 

If you are low on time, you can also take a Uffizi Gallery highlights tour within one to two hours. 

However, you cannot enjoy everything the gallery offers during this time. 

Here is a suggested itinerary for a three to four-hour tour of the Uffizi Gallery:

Arrive at the museum early in the morning, right after it opens.

Rooms 10-14: These rooms contain some of the most famous paintings in the world, including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera.

Rooms 15-22: These rooms contain paintings by other Renaissance masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

Rooms 23-35: These rooms contain paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries, including works by Titian, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt.

Rooms 36-43: These rooms contain sculptures and other works of art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

You can adjust this itinerary to fit your own interests.

For example, if you want to see more paintings by a particular artist, you can spend more time in the rooms containing their work.

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