On the ground floor, there are the remains of the ancient Romanesque church of San Piero Scheraggio, partially destroyed by Vasari during the building of the Uffizi.
After Botticelli, the route leads to Perugino, Signorelli, Piero di Cosimo and Leonardo da Vinci. In this room, you can admire da Vinci’s Baptism of Christ, completed with the collaboration of Maestro Verrocchio, the great Adoration of the Magi and the Annunciation.
The rooms that follow (from n. 18 to n. 23) are the oldest in the museum: The Tribuna certainly deserves a stop. One marvels at the great artistic value of this place, in which the most precious objects and works of art were once showcased. Among others, the Tribuna currently contains a collection of medicean portraits by Agnolo Bronzino and the most famous ancient sculpture in the world, the Venere dei Medici. The following room, once used by the armory, continues on the renaissance path, showcasing both Italian artworks from Bellini, Giorgione, Mantegna and Coreggio, and foreign Renaissance paintings from Dürer, Cranach, Memling.
The rooms on the west side of the Gallery contain masterpieces dating back to the sixteenth century, starting from the Tondo Doni by Michelangelo, to the Madonna del Cardellino by Raffaello, to the Venere by Urbino and the Flora by Tiziano. There is also a rich selection of works by mannerist painters, like Pontormo, Rosso, Fiorentino, Bronzini, and works by Parmigianino (Madonna dal collo lungo), and by the great Venetian masters, Sebastiano del Piombo, Veronese, Tintoretto, and the Lombard Savoldo and Moroni.
Until not long ago, the Gallery path ended with works from the 17th century Italian school (School, Carracci) and Dutch (Rembrandt). But in recent years, the end section of the museum has undergone extensive restoration following the terrorist bombing in 1993. Renovations are also in view of the plans underway to extend the gallery to the lower floors, which until recently were used to hold the State Archives.
There are plans to double the size of the Galleries, meaning more of the works in storage can be displayed.
The east end of the ground floor, there will be welcoming facilities for visitors and a bookshop, with spaces better suited to receive the great number of visitors that every year visit the Uffizi Gallery. The visit to the Gallery could also potentially follow another direction: either through the famous Vasari Corridor, built by Vasari, in 1565, which unites the Uffizi to the Palazzo Vecchio, or by crossing theArno River, through the Ponte Vecchio, to Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Garden. Recently restored after the terrorist attack, the Vasari Corridor contains a collection of over 700 artworks, among which, a big part of the famous collection of self-portraits (from Andrea del Sarto to Marc Chagall). This section can only be accessed by guided tours and advanced bookings.
At the end of 1998, the Donazione Contini Bonacossi, kept since 1974 in the Palazzina della Meridiana of Palazzo Pitti, was moved to the Uffizi, with temporary access from Via Lambertesca. In includes thirty-five paintings, 12 sculptures, eleven coats of arms and an important selection of antique furniture and ceramics, all part of the prestigious collection of Alessandro Contini Bonacossi, one of the most important of its kind in Italy. Following extended negotiations with Bonacossi’s heir, the collection is now owned by the State, and is without any doubt the most important addition to the Uffizi Gallery. Part of it is comprised of works accredited to Cimabue and Duccio.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, Florence.
Admission fee: € 6.50
Note: Bookings can be made by calling Firenze Musei, tel. 055294883. A € 3,00 surcharge will be applied.
Opening Hours: Sundays and public holidays: 8:15am – 6:50pm. The ticket office closes 45 minutes prior to the closing of the museum.
Weekdays: 8:15am – 6:50pm. The ticket office closes 45 minutes prior to the closing of the museum.