With over 1,5 million of visitors every year, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is the most visited museum in Italy after the Vatican Museums in Rome. Therefore, it is rare to be able to enter the museum without waiting a long while in line. Of the Uffizi's large collection of artwork, about 2,200 works are on permanent display while the rest, due to lack of exhibition space, is kept in storage but shown on temporary, revolving exhibits throughout the year.
If you intend to visit the Uffizi in depth, you may need a few days. Spending more than 3 hours inside the museum you will get overwhelmed by all the beauty and history portrayed in each work. If you have only a few days to spend in Florence, you will also likely not have the time for a long visit.
We therefore recommend, first, to skip the line by booking ahead of time your online tickets for the Uffizi Museum. Once inside, you could rent an audio guide to help you understand what you're seeing, but even better yet is a visit of the Uffizi in the company of a guide. An Uffizi guided tour in a very small group gives you the chance to hear from an expert in art history about the masterpieces, the importance of the work, the artist and its historical context.
A guided tour is the best way to get the most out of your museum visit, especially in the case of such a big, beautiful museum as the Uffizi Gallery. The knowledgeable guide helps make your museum visit a pleasure by guiding you through the works of art, explaining the collection, its history and allowing you to see the beauty of it all. The guided visit of the Uffizi lasts about an hour and a half and the small groups makes it easy to enjoy the visit without feeling overwhelmed.
The guided Uffizi tour leads you through the most important masterpieces so you will be able to understand their beauty, importance, meaning and style. As part of the tour, you will also skip any line to get into the museum. The tour cost also includes the museum ticket for the main collection and any ongoing exhibit. At the end of the tour, you can choose to stay inside the museum and continue visiting any other rooms on on your own.
So if your time in Florence is limited and you want to get the most out of your visit to the Uffizi, we wholeheartedly recommend you consider a guided tour to Uffizi!