The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, is one of the oldest and most famous fine art galleries in the world. The museum has wonderful collections of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from classical antiquity including “The Birth of Venus” by Boticelli. Other works include art from Leonardo di Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Giotto, Michelangelo, Dürer and many others. Work on building the Palazzo was started in 1560 for Cosimo de Medici to serve as the offices for the Florentine magistrates, from which it gets its name “Uffizi” (Offices).
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence and queues can be very long with waiting times of up to a few hours, therefore it is better to reserve tickets in advance. Reservations can be made by calling +39 055 294883 for a small extra charge you will be able to skip the queues, you will be given a number to quote at gate 3 where you will pay cash. Entry is free of charge for EU citizens over the age of 65.
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