exhibiting the painter's idiosyncratic genius at its zenith; the portraits of the Renaissance duke Federico da Montefeltro and his wife Battista Sforza, by Piero della Francesca (circa 1420–92); the Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael (1483–1520), and check out the brilliant blues that decorate the sky, as well as the eye contact between mother and child, both clearly anticipating the painful future; Michelangelo's Doni Tondo; the Venus of Urbino by Titian (circa 1488/90–1576); and the splendid Bacchus by Caravaggio (circa 1571/72–1610). In the last two works, the approaches to myth and sexuality are diametrically opposed (to put it mildly). Don't forget to see the Caravaggios, which you'll pass through during the exiting process. In summer 2012, many new rooms were opened (complementing the blue rooms housing non-Italian art which occurred the year before) and, at press time, rooms were continuing to be added. This means that getting out of the museum takes even longer; don't think you've missed the Raphaels, which used to live in the room next door to Michelangelo's stunning panel painting. They are now practically the last thing you'll see before leaving, so remember to save some stamina in order to truly appreciate their splendor. And don't think you've missed the Michelangelo, as in winter 2013 it was moved from Sala 25 to Sala 35. At this writing, and at last count, the Uffizi numbered 102 rooms, many of which were empty awaiting more recent, non-Italian Renaissance additions.
Late in the afternoon is the least crowded time to visit. For a €4 fee, advance tickets can be reserved by phone, online, or, once in Florence, at the Uffizi reservation booth (advance tickets Consorzio ITA, Piazza Pitti 1 055/294883) at least one day in advance of your visit. Keep the confirmation number and take it with you to the door at the museum marked "Reservations." In the past, you were ushered in almost immediately. But overbooking (especially in high season) has led to long lines and long waits even with a reservation, but you may pay by credit card. Taking photographs in the Uffizi has been legal since summer 2014, and has contributed to making this what-ought-to-be-a-sublime-museum-going experience more of a day at the zoo. When there's a special exhibit on, which is often, the base ticket price goes up to €12.50.