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The Uffizi Gallery has just offered the first details on this year’s summer #UffiziLive cultural program. For now, the basics are just that the summer’s prolonged hours start on June 6 and run through September 26 every Tuesday. On these Tuesdays, concerts and other exhibitons are offered as brief “intermissions” while visitors navigate the museum’s halls.

On these Tuesdays, the museum will remain open until 9:50pm, with concerts starting at 7pm. Take the time between 5pm and 7pm to enjoy the museum’s permanent collections and the view from the terrace before enjoying the shows.

Here’s the program for June:

June 6: The first show for the summer will open with the musical duo group Mazzoni–Riganelli with a sax and harmonica concert with conteporary songs from Le Marche, the region highly damaged by last year’s earthquakes. In fact, the Uffizi will be donating 1 euro from every ticket sold during this evening to the fund that is working on restoring works damaged during the earthquake.

June 13: The Collettivo ARTEDA from Rimini will present Innesti plurali, an itinerant performance that includes dance, live painting, digital painting and performing arts to express visual and body languages that adapt to nearby works of art.

June 20: The program continues with a concert of baroque music with guitar and vihuela by the all-female Spanish ensemble Dolce Rima, coming from Seville for the occasion. Recreating the atmosphere of the times in the Caravaggio rooms, the visitors will travel back to Italian and Spanish courts from the late Renaissance and Baroque.

June 27: The program for the month of June ends with a dance performed by the group Sosta Palmizi from Arezzo, whose project Venere e il vento is born from the stidy of the model of the female figure, Venus, and the element of wind, that come together in Botticelli’s famous work but who then influence successive works in other schools, by other authors and in other works within the museum.


On occasion of the 2017 European Museum Night on the evening of May 20th, the Uffizi Gallery will remain open until 9:50pm. The museum will charge a symbolic 1 euro entrance fee during these extra hours, from 6:50pm to 9:50pm. The museum will start closing procedure at 9:30pm. No prebooking will be open for these extra hours.

Take advantage of the longer opening hours to also see the temporary exhibits dedicated to Plautilla Nelli, Giuliano San Gallo’s special drawings and the Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci, recently returned to the museum after years of restoration.

The event is part of the larger Celebration of Museums event taking place this weekend, with several guided visits to the temporary exhibitions on Saturday and Sunday.


April 25th is a national holiday in Italy – Liberation Day – and this year it falls on a Tuesday. This makes it a perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy a long holiday weekend visiting Florence!

To offer all visitors the chance to visit the Uffizi during the long holiday weekend, the Uffizi has announced a special opening on April 24th! It will be open following normal hours on Sunday, April 23rd and on Tuesday, April 25th.

Please note that all of the museums of Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens will be open on Sunday and Tuesday – but will remain closed on Monday, April 24th.


On Sunday, April 16, the Uffizi Gallery will be open! So will the museums at Palazzo Pitti: the Palatine Gallery, the Modern Art Gallery, the Silver Museum and Museum of Fashion and Dress, and the Boboli Gardens.

On Monday, April 17th, the Uffizi will have a special opening (it is normally closed on Mondays). You can also visit the Silver Museum and Museum of Fashion and Dress, and the Boboli Gardens on Monday. The other two museums at Palazzo Pitti will remain closed.

All will be open with normal hours.


We just learned that several Italian trade unions have announced a general strike for the entire day on March 8th.

This affects both the private and public sector. As such, the Uffizi Gallery and connected Palatine Gallery and Modern Art museums in the Pitti Palace will guarantee opening of the museums for the morning hours, from 8.15am to 1.50pm.

But the afternoon hours are not guaranteed, as it will depend on the personnel that adheres to the strike. The other Pitti Palace museums and Boboli gardens might not be open in the morning hours at all. Visit the Uffizi tomorrow knowing this, prepare for long lines or to not be able to enter at all.



The Uffizi Gallery, along with the Pitti Palace museums and Boboli Gardens, is offering FREE entry to all women on Women’s International Day, this March 8th!

On the same day, the new exhibit dedicated to Florence’s first Renaissance woman artist is open: “Plautilla Nelli: Convent Art and Devotion in the Footsteps of Savonarola“. The exhibit will open on March 8 and run through June 4, a perfect opportunity to discover this woman artist from the 1500s!

St Catherine of Siena, attributed to Plautilla Nelli and workshop.

St Catherine of Siena, attributed to Plautilla Nelli and workshop.

Holiday Hours 2016


Here’s a summary of special opening times for the Uffizi this holiday season!

Special Openings

Monday, December 26: from 8.15am to 6.50pm.

Sunday, January 1st: Special opening for the First Sunday of the Month, with free entrance, only in the afternoon from 1.15pm to 6.50pm. All other state museums in Florence will be closed.

Monday, January 2: open from 8.15am-6.50pm.

Ticket office closes at 6.05pm and closing procedures start at 6.30pm.



The Uffizi Gallery has just announced that it will have a special opening on Monday, October 31st during the long holiday weekend in Italy (for All Saint’s Day on November 1st).

Opening hours will be the normal: from 8.15am to 6:50pm, with ticket office closing at 6:05pm and museum starting closing procedures at 6:35pm.


After 15 months of closure, this past Tuesday the Botticelli rooms and the other two rooms dedicated to the Early Renaissance paintings reopened to the public. As part of the New Uffizi project masterminded by the Sopraintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paessaggio di Firenze which is undertaking the complete renovation of the museum, all without ever closing to the public, the renovation of these last rooms completes the renovation of the entire second floor of the Uffizi Gallery.


The reopened rooms were the object of a complete overhaul, with new technological installations governing air conditioning, security and lighting in all of the four rooms. In particular, the Halls 10-14 known as the Botticelli rooms, have been architecturally reconfigured from the ground up with a new false ceiling being constructed and divided into two separate rooms with the use of two full height “theatrical wings” detached from the walls. These wings not only increase the display surface available but also house the air intake ducts and electrical equipment. Thus the rooms are completely free of any other technical installation, giving more space to the works of art on display.


The new layout of the Botticelli rooms will offer visitors the chance to enjoy the paintings on display even when the rooms are considerably crowded by the many groups that gather in front of the most iconic works of art. The arrangement of the paintings in the Pollaiolo room (hall 9) has been virtually left the same, but in the two new Botticelli rooms, Spring (La Primavera) and The Birth of Venus have been divided into two focal points and framed. These two celebrated masterpieces have been hung at an appropriate distance from the other works on display so as to make it easier and more convenient for visitors to stop in front of them for longer.


The list of Botticelli paintings in display spill beyond the Botticelli rooms — look for two additional Botticelli paintings in Hall 9 – Pollaiolo and two more in Hall 15 – Hugo van der Goes. The new arrival of the poetic Annunciation painted for the Hospital of San Martino in Via della Scala in Florence, brings the total of Botticelli works on display to 18. The painting, a fresco almost 6 meters wide painted in 1481 is in the first part of the first Botticelli room, is on the left and in juxtaposition to another painting of another Annunciation, this time on wood, painted by Botticelli for the church of Cestello almost 10 years later (pictured below).


Not just these halls, Corridors too…


At the same time, the Corridors have also had major work done on them, all with new climate appliances and air ducts replaced, the electrical and special systems totally renewed. The new lighting system, composed of state-of-the-art LEDs are now built into a planned management system which allows various light sources to provide indirect, diffused light from the surfaces of the painted vaults as well as direct, constant light on the walls and accent lighting on the sculptures, highlighting the most important pieces. All of these will make a difference in the visitors experience of the Corridors and their collections, without even realizing the difference – unless you know how it was before and look to see the difference.

New collocations


Most notably, The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello has been move from Hall 7 to Hall 8 and the Portraits of the Dukes of Urbino by Piero della Francesca have moved from their central location in Hall 8 to Hall 9 near the windows, where the lighting is soft and permits a clearer viewing of both sides of the paintings. Domenico Veneziano’s Sacred Conversation, known as the Altarpiece of Santa Lucia de’ Magnoli, is also in Hall 8 (moved from hall 7).


Uffizi Gallery has doubled its rooms

With this latest completion of the renovation project, the Uffizi Gallery has increased its total amount of rooms dedicated to its permanent collections from 45 rooms to 101 rooms! This is due to the conversion of many rooms on the first floor that were being used by the Florence State Archive into new halls for many paintings that were in the Uffizi’s deposits.

The construction of the New Uffizi continues, and the Uffizi Gallery should shortly also have especially designed areas in a new zone set aside for temporary exhibitions. With the separation of the permanent museum itinerary from the temporary exhibition area, visitors will finally have a choice whether to visit both or just one. It will also grant the museum more chances to organize and host more exhibitions throughout the year.


When computer issues came up at the Uffizi yesterday, there was a bit of a panic! But thank goodness someone remembered they had tucked away unused tickets from the late 1990s and were able to find them to use them as valid receipts by adding the current ticket cost on them. The old tickets still show the cost of lire on them, back when the euro still didn’t exist.

The long lines at the museum yesterday might be a bit forgiven by all those who can now keep this “vintage” ticket as a souvenir of their day at the Uffizi gallery 😉

Photo credit: Molly McIlwrath