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Art at its highest


The Uffizi Gallery

In the evening of Wednesday 20 May, ICSE participants will have the unique opportunity to explore one of the most famous museums of paintings and sculpture in the world, the Uffizi Gallery, which will open in exclusive for us after its official opening hours.

The Uffizi collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings comprises universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time, including works by Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.

The museum occupies the top floor of the large building erected by Giorgio Vasari between 1560 and 1580 to house the administrative offices of the Tuscan State. The Gallery was created by Grand-duke Francesco I and subsequently enriched by the Medici family, who were great art collectors. The collection was enlarged by the Lorraine Grand-dukes, who succeeded the Medici, and finally by the Italian State.

All registered participants will have free access to the Uffizi Gallery starting from 19.00 hrs.

The visit will not be guided and will give free access to the following rooms:

  • Room 8 - Filippo Lippi
  • Hall 10-14 - Sandro Botticelli
  • Room 15 - Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Hall 18 - Tribuna , visible from the outside
  • Room 35 - Michelangelo
  • Hall 42 - Hall of Niobe

In addition, we hope to also have access to:

  • Room 2 – Giotto & the 13th Century this room is currently closed for renovation, which should be finished in March, we will update later.
  • Room 7 - Early Renaissance, the room is now closed, but the works are still on display in 43- 44

Read more about Uffizi Gallery (Navigation Tip: click on the displayed map to "visit" the Museum).

Or, read more about rooms open to ICSE 2015 delegates.

The entrance will be from the Gallery Main Entrance n. 1 and the exit will be from Scala Natalini, specially opened for this visit. To enter, you will need to deliver to the staff your entrance ticket that you will receive with the conference kit. All visitors have to pass a metal detector.

To facilitate access and prevent long queues (some patience is however required), attendees will be divided into groups, whose entrance is scheduled at different time slots: Please abide by your assigned time slot, which is shown on your entrance ticket.

To expedite security checks, please bring as few bags and backpacks with you as possible, and put all your metal items in a single container before going through the metal detector. Note that the Gallery does not allow to bring inside bulky bags and backpacks, and only folding umbrellas are admitted.


The Vasari Corridor

For a limited number of art passionate and brave delegates, we also offer the opportunity of a special visit of the Vasari corridor.

This is one of Florence’s treasures, a narrow passage that links the Uffizi Gallery to Palazzo Pitti running across the Arno River. The Corridor was built by Vasari in 1565 by order of Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici in connection with the marriage of his son Francesco with Johanna of Austria. The idea of an enclosed passageway was motivated by the Grand Duke's desire to move freely and safely between his residence and the then government palace.

Today, the corridor is hung with an important collection of 17th-century paintings and a famous collection of artists’ self-portraits, and can be visited only upon early advance reservation of high-priced guided tours. We have pre-booked for ICSE attendees a limited number of entrance tickets to the Vasari Corridor at the symbolic cost of € 20,00 per person.

Read more about the Vasari Corridor.

The visit will start from a small anonymous door located in the first floor of the Uffizi Gallery, and will consist of a kilometer long walk, also including a few narrow stair steps. Because of this, we regret that the visit is not feasible for people with reduced mobility.

Please be sure to purchase the ticket in advance on the registration form. Places will be assigned on a first-registered, first-served basis.


Welcome Reception at Palazzo Pitti

The ICSE 2015 Welcome Reception will take place starting from 20.30 hrs in the ‘Cortile degli Ammannati’ at Palazzo Pitti.

The venue can be reached through a nice walk across the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge.

Participants visiting the Vasari Corridor will find Palazzo Pitti at the exit of the corridor.

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