Skip-the-line time-slot reservation tickets are almost essential to visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Buy priority access tickets online and book well in advance especially during summer and other holiday periods.
Buying fast-track tickets online in advance is almost essential to visit the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence. The Uffizi art museum is justifiably one of the most popular in the world but in the high season getting in can be a struggle requiring visitors without time-slot reservations to wait for hours in slow-moving queues. Online Uffizi tickets with skip-the-line priority access timed reservations are available from many authorized resellers including Tiqets and GetYourGuide. Guided tours are also a good option to enter the Uffizi without delays.
Buying the Cheapest Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
The cheapest tickets for the Uffizi Gallery are sold onsite at the art museum in Florence. However, queues to buy tickets followed by queues to enter the museum are long and slow-moving — during the high season, it can take several hours to actually enter the museum with no guarantees that tickets will be available for the specific day.
Despite the surcharge, it is highly advisable to make time-slot reservations and to buy tickets online in advance.
Standard admission to the Uffizi is €20 (€12 in winter) but special exhibitions may increase the price. Time-slot reservations add €4 per person and online purchases often add a further couple of euro. However, skipping the queues and being sure of seeing the art on a specific day make these surcharges well worth the expense.
All children under 18 may enter the Uffizi for free but must wait in the standard queue, or buy time-slot reservations at the going reservation rate (free if parents have a Firenze card). EU citizens 18 to 25 pay the reduced fee of €2 (plus time-slot reservation if sensible).
Uffizi Gallery tickets are also available from the Pitti Palace, Orsanmichele Museum and the National Archaeological Museum — queues here may be shorter than at the Uffizi’s own ticket window.
Buying Online Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
Skip-the-line reserved time tickets for the Uffizi are sold online through various vendors — if time slots are sold out at a specific site, tickets may still be available at others making it worth checking if a specific time is optimal but hard to get. B-ticket is the official ticketing website but many further authorized ticket sellers are available including GetYourGuide, Visit Europe Today and Tiqets. These authorized sites are often easier to use and do not change to Italian during the transaction.
In contrast to B-ticket, some of these resellers will sell leftover tickets for use on the same day if available — an option worth considering for the afternoon when the ticket queue in the morning seems to stretch forever.
All online ticket reservations for the Uffizi must be exchanged for paper tickets before going to the main entrance to the museum. The pick-up point is usually at entrance 3 but some resellers offer different pick-up points that may be more convenient.
Although the queues for picking up time slot tickets are generally short, it is a good idea to send the rest of a party to the security line while picking up tickets for a group.
If booking an audioguide note that it is picked up inside the museum as a separate transaction — keep the printout from picking up Uffizi museum entry tickets for this purpose (or even better, print two copies) or ensure that the phone confirmation is available offline (as phone reception is iffy at best in this part of the museum).
All visitors must go through the security checkpoint and when the museum is full, new visitors must wait until others leave. In such cases, visitors in the timed-reservations line may also have to wait but always receive fast-track priority on admission to visitors in the standard queue.
Book Guided Tours of the Uffizi Gallery
Guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery is a good option to save time and gain priority access without having to secure and pick-up tickets in person at the museum. Tours are a particularly good option for visitors with limited time or a tight schedule. Tours are generally 90 minutes to two hours.
Tours may even be available on the day of booking making it a worthwhile option on crowded days when standard timed tickets are no longer available. After a tour, members may stay inside the gallery until closing time so ensure the Uffizi is the last sight seen when visiting multiple sites on a combination tour.
Selecting a guided tour for the Uffizi Gallery may at first glance be daunting — GetYourGuide alone lists well over a hundred options for the high season. All tour guides in Italy are licensed and many will be art students, so the quality of knowledge is rarely an issue.
Some options to consider: small groups tours are more pleasant than big groups but note that if the maximum number of tour members are not clearly specified (e.g. 6, 10 or 14 max) their small may exceed your definition. Families and small groups may often get better value from private tours while some may prefer a family treasure-hunt tour. It is worth comparing offers as prices vary widely.
Early morning tours are a great option but only if the tour starts really early, as in shortly after 8:00 rather than at 10:00 when the Uffizi is getting busy — try to avoid tours starting between 10:00 and 14:30. Late afternoon tours are the best option for a less crowded museum but no time may be available to see more of the gallery after the tour.
Combination Tours for the Uffizi Gallery and Top Sights in Florence
More value may also be had from combination tours with other sites. The most popular tour combination is with the Accademia to see Michaelangelo’s original David. A variety of tours are available — many give separate tours of the two sights with visitors making their own way to the next gallery. These are often more cost-effective and give free time between the two sights but are not the best option for visitors with limited time who would do better with a guided walk.
Combination Tickets and Savings Options for the Uffizi Gallery
Two combination tickets are available for the Uffizi Gallery and offer good savings if the included sights are of interest:
The Passepartout 3 Days (also Intero Cumulative 3 giorni ) combination ticket gives one-time access to the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens within three days. As the Boboli Garden is open on Monday, Monday counts as a day even though the museums are closed. With this combination ticket, the Uffizi Gallery must be seen first — the reservation fee is automatically included but children require a separate €4 online reservation too.
The Passepartout combination ticket is around €38 in summer and offers around €10 saving overpaying for each sight separately. It is available from b-ticket or Tiqets.
The Firenzecard is a good deal for seeing many cultural sights in Florence. It includes admission to all major museums, galleries, and churches. It is valid for 72 hours but can be “restarted” anytime within 12 months for another 48 hours. Public transportation is a cheap optional extra.
Reservations (free, also for own children entering for free) for the Uffizi (and Accademia) must still be made but entry is guaranteed within the 72 hour validity period (but of course not necessarily at the desirable early morning or late afternoon slots). The free reservations may be made via phone or in person at various museums in Florence but not online.
Best Times to Visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
The best time to visit the Uffizi Gallery is late afternoon but don’t leave it too late — once the closing of rooms starts the guards have little sympathy for visitors still admiring the art. Visitors generally spend two to four hours in the Uffizi.
It is also pleasant to visit the art museum directly at opening time, if entering within the first two time slots. The museum is usually busier mid-morning than mid-afternoon but in general 10:00 to 15:00 are best avoided.
A very good option is also to visit the Uffizi Gallery in the evening during the high season when it stays open until 22:00 on some days. Reservations for these evening hours are generally easier to obtain too.
The worst day to visit the Uffizi is any day with free admission — queuing is the only option on free days with no time-slot reservations possible for anyone. Currently, admission to the Uffizi art museum is free on the first Sunday of the winter months (October to March), national museum week (usually early March) and around ten further days per year, usually on historical days associated with Florentine and Medici history.
Tuesdays tend to be busy as the Uffizi is closed on Monday and weekends are generally busy throughout the year. Wednesday and Thursday are usually the quieter days.
Why Queues Are Long at the Uffizi
Only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Uffizi at any given time. Although the art collection is one of the finest in the world, the museum building was never intended for very high visitors numbers so when full, further visitors have to wait until people leave the building. Visitors without time slot reservations wait the longest and often experience waves of visitors with time slot reservations entering without the regular line moving on.
The worst time for visitors without time-slot reservations are in the morning, except right at opening hour. As the museum fills up, no further visitors are allowed in until some start leaving. The first visitors are likely to start leaving by ten, which is the time when tour groups start to turn up and enter, through a separate entrance, to keep the museum full and the no-reservations line static.
After lunch and especially later in the afternoon are generally better options when attempting to enter the Uffizi Gallery without reservations. The same late afternoon times work also for most other popular sights in Florence such as the Accademia and sights linked to the Duomo.
All visitors must go through the security checkpoints and on busy days even timed tickets and guided tours may experience delays to enter the museum.