The Uffizi Gallery is the most important painting gallery in Italy. It features the best works of the Renaissance. The Uffizi (offices) were erected by Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I Grand Duke of Tuscany between 1560 and 1580. Later used to store the collections of the Medici family, the Uffizi became a Museum in 1765, and today it is one of the most famous Florence attractions (more information on the Uffizi Gallery). The Uffizi Gallery ranks 21st in the most visited museums in the world, with 1.7 million/year, reason: it’s a museum hosted in a historical palace, on a relatively small surface (like 1/20 of the Louvre). If standings considered visitors/surface it would certainly rank first. This is the reason why it’s hard to find Uffizi Gallery tickets, especially in high season, when the Gallery is sold out every day.
Uffizi Gallery Tickets
Full Price: € 8.00
Reduced: € 4.00
Pre-sale fee: € 4.00
In case of exhibitions (most of the times):
Full Price: € 12.50
Reduced: € 6.25
Pre-sale fee: € 4.00
Reductions apply for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old with ID card.
Free admission for any person under 18. Other categories have free admission, continue to read through the article to find the list.
Don’t get fooled by the Uffizi Gallery ticket prices: the museum has exhibitions for maybe 300 days/year, so the full price is almost always € 12.50, and the reduced price is € 6.25; only during low season you can find some weeks without exhibitions.
Booking your entrance
As specified above, booking your entrance costs € 4.00 more. This is not an option, but a necessity for most of the year, so in the end you are most probably going to pay € 16.50 (reduced: € 10.25) for your Uffizi Gallery tickets.
You have several options for booking your entrance. In most cases, the simplest way is to call +39-055-294883 (after initiating the call, press 2 for English). You can also book online at the official site (well, good luck with that, it’s not really friendly).
My suggestion is to book at least two weeks in advance for high season, one week in advance for mid-season weekends and Tuesdays.
Booking same day or 1-2 days in advance is very risky, most probably you won’t find Uffizi gallery tickets at all. Booking 3 to 5 days in advance, you will find tickets only for certain hours (easier to find tickets for late afternoon).
Last minute Uffizi
If you didn’t follow my suggestions, you still have options: some agencies buy Uffizi Gallery tickets in bulk, reselling them with an added commission, or you can join a group tour with an agency: you will pay the tour, which includes the Uffizi Gallery tickets, and will also have a tourist guide explaining something, but best option: contact us now and we will call you back suggesting the best thing to do.
The truth on the skip the line tickets
You will always find plenty of “skip the line Uffizi Gallery tickets” offers online. Beware: they do not exist. A “skip the line” ticket is just a ticket with an entrance time, that you can buy, as explained above, paying the pre-sale fee of € 4.00. Going to the Uffizi Gallery during high season without a reservation means staying in line for two hours if you’re lucky. Having a reservation certainly skips this line, because you have a privileged door, but doesn’t mean you won’t stay in line at all. The metal detector checks at the entrance slow down the flow, so you can expect to stay in line from 10 to 20 minutes even with a reservation. As a tourist guide, the Uffizi Gallery is my daily bread and butter: it happened to stay in line for 40 minutes with a reservation, even though this is an extreme occurrence.
The Uffizi Gallery visit can be a wonderful experience, but also a terrible day. Plan in advance and, if you didn’t, ask for help. We’ll be more than happy to discuss possibilities.
Other categories that have free admission to the Museum
- Citizens of the European Union under the age of eighteen or over the age of sixty-five. Visitors under the age of twelve must be accompanied.
- Groups and parties of students from state and private schools in Italy and the European Union, accompanied by their teachers, subject to booking and in the number established by the head of the institution.
- Teachers and students enrolled in the faculties of architecture, cultural heritage conservation and educational sciences, or on degree courses in literature or literary subjects with an archaeological or historic-artistic specialisation in the faculties of literature and philosophy, in corresponding faculties or courses set up in the Member States of the European Union students must display a valid the certificate of enrolment for the current academic year, in Italian, or in English for foreign students).
- Teachers and students enrolled in the Fine Arts Academies or corresponding institutes within the European Union students must display the certificate of enrolment for the current academic year in Italian or English).
- Tour guides from the European Union in the exercise of their professional activities (upon display of a valid licence issued by the competent authority).
- Tourist interpreters from the European Union when their assistance is required alongside the guide (upon display of a valid licence issued by the competent authority).
- Citizens of the European Union with disabilities and a family member or other accompanying person who can demonstrate employment in the relevant social services organisation.
- Voluntary workers performing activities for the promotion and enhancement of knowledge of the cultural heritage, on the basis of agreements drawn up with the Ministry pursuant to article 112, subsection 8, of the Code.
- For reasons of study or research, certified by schools or universities, academies and research and cultural institutes in Italy and abroad, and by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities, or for specific motivated requirements, the heads of the institutions may allow free admission for specified periods to persons making request thereto.
- Personnel of the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities.
- Members of ICOM (International Council of Museums).
- Members of ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites).