On our last full day in Florence, we got to go to the Uffizi.  We got there early in the morning and were the only ones there for about 20 minutes.  It was quite peaceful being in the courtyard with the river just across the street so early in the morning.  The Uffizi was incredible, as are most museums that contain some of the oldest and most amazing art work ever.  One thing we’ve really tried to notice and deeply appreciate while here in Florence are ceilings.  There is so much detail in the ceilings in the buildings here.  And of course, we found the most timeless painting there is:  Portrait of a Man by Parmigianino.  Or in other words, Keanu Reeves several hundred years ago.

Family Travel Tips:

  • Getting There:  The Uffizi Gallery is located along the Arno river just east of Ponte Vecchio.  It really does make for some amazing shots in the early morning.  It’s also easily accessible by finding the Palazzo Vecchio, then walking down the street in the south east most corner of the square.  You’ll run right into it.
  • Larger Families:  It is a museum, so parents should consider if this is something that is appropriate for their children.  There are several benches lining the halls if parents holding little ones need a rest, or if a stubborn teenager isn’t “feeling it.”  Also, there is a balcony with several benches attached to a Cafe with a killer view of the Palazzo Vecchio and part of the Duomo.  It’s a nice place to take a break with fresh air for a few minutes.
  • What Not to Miss:  There are several famous pieces in this museum, obviously, but here are some of our favorites that we were excited to look for:  Birth of Venus, Botticelli; Doni Tondo, Michelangelo; Sacrifice of Isaac, Caravaggio; Annunciation, Simone Martini; Annunciation, Leonardo da Vinci; Portrait of a Man, Parmigianino.
  • What to Bring:  Bring your camera!  Don’t worry about taking a picture of every single piece of art in the museum (we saw a guy doing that… seriously…).  There’s a website that has already done that.  But it is fun to take your own unique pictures of different things you appreciated or pictures of you next to certain pieces.
  • Cost:  €11.  The cost depends on if there is another exhibit going on that they’ll make you pay for or not.  We paid €11 each, but you can check here to find the most recent ticket prices.  Also, don’t be surprised if the price ends up being different than the website when you get to the museum.  That’s happened to us on several occasions.

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