After a long lockdown due to the pandemic, the Uffizi Gallery has recently reopened its doors, with some great news for tourists and visitors!
The first thing to know concerns the revised entrance system, conceived to avoid gatherings and queues: the ticket office is located in the west wing of the building (the closest to the Old Bridge), where visitors will find also toilets and a cloakroom for groups. Right in front, on the opposite side of the courtyard, at door nr. 2, is the entrance of the gallery, next to the help desks and to another cloakroom.
The “new” Uffizi will surprise the public with the new spaces on the first floor (around 21500 ft²) focusing on sixteenth-century Italian painting. To discover these rooms, visitors will walk down the beautiful staircase by Buontalenti located between Leonardo’s Room and Michelangelo and Raffaello’s Room.
The restored rooms boast masterpieces by some great artists: Madonna of the Harpies by Andrea del Sarto, Madonna with the Long Neck by Parmigianino, Supper at Emmaus by Pontormo, Angel playing lute and San Giovannino (recently donated to the Gallery) by Rosso Fiorentino. Many recent acquisitions have been displayed on this occasion for the first time. Dosso Dossi, Sebastiano del Piombo, Daniele da Volterra and Bartolomeo Passerotti represent, in a new light, the various regional schools of Italy.
Among the new rooms, last one includes works by Bernini, Chagal and Guttuso and is a sort of preview of the self-portrait collection, once exhibited in the Vasari Corridor, which will soon occupy part of the gallery.