How the Uffizi Museum is Set Up

The Uffizi is currently undergoing a lot of changes – the project “New Uffizi” is underway to modernize the museum and to make it easier to visit and better for the conservation of the treasures inside. Works of art are being moved around and the new sections are on the first floor – but knowing all of this ahead of time will ensure your visit goes off well! The museum is spread out over 3 floors, the main means of getting from floor to floor is a grand staircase that dates back to the 1500s and the time of the Medici when the Uffizi was built. There are a few elevators/lifts but these are small and are reserved for anyone who cannot use the stairs. Check out services for more details. The ground floor is where you find the ticket office and entrances into the museum on opposite sides of the U-shaped palace. As you enter the museum, you’ll find a well supplied bookstore with art history books, souvenirs, children’s books and much more. You’ll pass through the bookstore on your exit out of the museum so stop here at the beginning only if you wish to buy a museum guide to the works of art. The first floor has several interesting halls, including the “Cabinet of Prints and Drawings” within the Uffizi collection (some are on display on a rotational basis in the vestibule to the Cabinet, stop for a quick look) but you essentially see the rest at the end of the visit on your way back down. For now, head on to the second floor, where the main museum and collections start. On the second floor you’ll find the main and most interesting halls in the museum. The 45 halls here display works of art from the 13th to the 18th centuries with the many sculptures from antiquity being displayed in the three corridors that line the interior of the U-shaped building. The most important works of art you’ve come to see at the Uffizi are on this floor! At the end of the second floor, above the Loggia dei Lanzi, you’ll find a cafe that offers visitors a chance for a snack or drink with an extraordinary view of Palazzo Vecchio and the rest of the historical center of Florence. Stop to enjoy the view! From here, you head back down to the first floor to visit the new sections of the museum called the Blue and Red halls where you’ll find works by foreign painters and 15th century Tuscans as well as marble sculptures from Hellenistic times. Works by Raphael have been moved down here as well. After this, you’ll find the the various halls dedicated to the temporary exhibits organized during the year. If an exhibit is going on during your visit, your museum ticket includes the exhibit as well. After the temporary exhibit, you reach the halls dedicated to Caravaggio and his contemporaries (Caravaggesque painters) before heading down toward the bookshop and exit. View the floor plans below to get a sense of the layout and check out the individual Halls and Artworks displayed at the Uffizi Gallery.

The Halls
1 Archeological collection * 46 Spanish Painters, 16th-18th centuries
2 Giotto and the 13th century 47 Dutch painters, Leida 17th century
3 Sienese Painting of the 14th century 48 French painters, 17th century
4 Florentine Painting of the 14th century 49 Dustch painters, Amsterdam 17th-18th centuries
5-6 International Gothic 50 Dutch painters, Aja 17th century
7 The Early Renaissance 51 French painters, 18th century
8 Lippi 52 Flemish painters, 17th century
9 Pollaiolo 53 Dutch painters, Delft, Rotterdam, 17th-18th centuries
10-14 Botticelli 54 Dutch painters, Haarlem, Utrecht, 17th century
15 Leonardo 55 Flemish painters, 17th century
16 Mathematics room
19 Perugino & Signorelli
20 Dürer 56 Hellenistic marbles
21 Giambellino & Giorgione 57 Andrea del Sarto & Ancients
22 Flemish and German Renaissance 58 Andrea del Sarto
23 Mantegna 59 Friends of Andrea
24 Cabinet of Miniatures 60 Rosso Fiorentino
35 Michelangelo & Florentine Painting 61 Pontormo
62 Vasari & Allori
63 Second Half of the 1500s
64 Bronzino
65 Bronzino & the Medici
66 Raphael
68 Correggio & Roman painters
71 Correggio
74 Parmigianino
75 Giorgione & Sebastiano del Piombo
83 Titian
88 Lombard painters of the 1500s
 42  Sala delle Niobe
 43  Italian Painting of the 17th century 90 Caravaggio Hall
 44  Flemish Painting of the 17th century 91 Batolomeo Manfredi Hall
45 Paintings of the 18th century 92 Gherardo delle Notti Hall
Corridors & statues 93 Caravaggesque Painters Hall
A Lorraine Atrium * Currently closed
B Entrances to Vasari Corridor
C View area
D Terrace over the Loggia dei Lanzi