The Uffizi was the most popular museum in Italy in 2021, it has emerged from a list published in the Il Giornale dell’Arte newspaper.
With 1,721,637 ticket sales, Florence’s foremost museum surpassed the Colosseum and Vatican Museums for the first time and the Uffizi’s Giuseppe Penone and Bartolomeo della Gatta’s The Stigmata of St. Francis exhibitions received the most visitors in Italy.
Globally, the museum is the twentieth most visited museum in the world, with the Louvre leading world culture at 2,825,000 visitors annually.
Meanwhile, the free entry to state museums on the first Sunday of the month scheme just reintroduced by the Italian Ministry for Culture, brought a new record for the Uffizi. This weekend resulted in the highest number of visitors since 2019 as the Uffizi Galleries collectively welcomed 32,912 people on Saturday and Sunday, 16,358 at the Uffizi, 11,874 at the Boboli Gardens and 6,491 at Palazzo Pitti.
Most visited museums in Italy
1. Uffizi Galleries, 1,721,637 (second place in 2020: 1,206,175)
2. Colosseum, 1,633,436 (first place in 2020: 1,085,695)
3. Pompei, 1,037,766
4. Accademia Gallery, 446,320
5. Reggia di Caserta, 346,468
Most popular exhibitions in Italy: 2020-21
1. Uffizi, Giuseppe Penone, Alberi in versi, 435,283
2. Uffizi, L’ultimo sigillo. Le stimmate di San Francesco a La Verna dalle collezioni delle Gallerie degli Uffizi, 404,843
3. Palazzo Pitti, Leone X torna a Firenze, 256,305
4. Palazzo Reale Milano, Monet. Opere dal museo Marmottan di Parigi, 203,721
5. Uffizi, Lo Sfregio. Bernini – Sagaria, 191,410
Most popular exhibitions in the world: 2020-21
1. National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Ngv Triennial 2020, 548,257
2. Moma (New York), Automania, 475,279
3. Uffizi, Giuseppe Penone, Alberi in versi, 435,283
4. Uffizi, L’ultimo sigillo. Le stimmate di San Francesco a La Verna dalle collezioni delle Gallerie degli Uffizi, 404,843