The Uffizi Gallery has been open since 1765. This makes it one of the oldest museums in the world. The fact that many of the pieces date back to before the 13th century is reason enough to schedule a tour of this magnificent museum. Located in Florence, Italy the Uffizi Gallery has tours daily except on Mondays when it is closed.
When scheduling a tour, you can use the numerous services which are located in Florence or take a guided tour by the Uffizi Gallery it's self. The museum tours are much cheaper. The average cost of a tour per person is 22.50 €. Children under 6 are generally free. The museum allows anyone under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 in for free.
One of the benefits of booking a tour from the local travel agencies is the ability to get into the Uffizi Gallery. There are times when the lines are so long a five hour wait is necessary. Some people have not even been able to get in when they wanted to. This makes it hard for visitors who are only in Florence for a day. Many tourists have went away in disappointment because of missing the wonderful sights of the Uffizi Gallery.
The best thing to do is either call several days ahead and book your tour, or call the reservation line. The reservation line will allow you to reserve a time to visit the Uffizi Gallery when it is convenient for you. This will allow you to fit the museum tour into your vacation itinerary.
Most of the tours you can reserve or book take about two hours to complete. Walking the museum on your own will take approximately three hours or so. With either option, you can enjoy the cafe on the roof to relax. The view of the city is magnificent from there.
The many masterpieces which are on display include works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Rubens. Works of art like The Birth of Venus or Primavera - of Botticelli - are just two of the great paintings you will enjoy. There are many others which can change from day to day for the purposes of restoration and cleaning. There are so many pieces in the collection, there will not be an empty space on the walls. If there is, you probably would not notice it.
The miniatures room is fantastic. With over 1300 pieces in the collection, it boasts to be second only to the London Royal collection. The miniatures are amazing works of art. Once used to illustrate hand written books, the miniatures became popular when European elite wanted to have their portraits portable.
One of the most beneficial reasons to book a tour rather than stand in line is the Vasarian Corridor. The view from this passage way is wonderful. The works of art which adorn it are the self portraits of many of the artists whose work hangs in the Uffizi Gallery. You must have a reserve ticket to enjoy the Vasarian Corridor.
No matter how you choose to visit the Uffizi Gallery, it is something you should do prior to leaving Florence. The experience will touch all your senses.