In 2021 the Uffizi Galleries were the most visited place of culture in Italy for the first time, with 1,721,637 visitors: more than the Colosseum, (1,633,436 visitoris), the Archaeological Park of Pompeii (1,037,766) and the Vatican Museums (1,612,530). This is the ranking drawn up by Giornale dell'Arte, based on data about 2021 visitors to museums and exhibitions in Italy and in the world.
According to the numbers published by the magazine, the Uffizi Galleries also excel among the Italian exhibitions in 2021, with contemporary art, Giuseppe Penone. Trees in Verse, with the project “Terre degli Uffizi” and the focus on the St. Francis by Bartolomeo della Gatta (brought to the Uffizi from the Pinacoteca di Castiglion Fiorentino), and restoration, with Leo X back to Florence at Pitti Palace, linked with the closing of Raphael's celebrations in 2020.
The Uffizi Gallery of Statues and Paintings occupies the 20th place among the most visited museums in the world, with 969,695 visitors, a ranking in which the Louvre in Paris is in first place with 2,825,000 visitors.
Director Eike Schmidt thanks all the staff who have worked so that the Galleries could be popular and frequented as it was and even more, in the difficult period we are going through: "We are back on an upward trajectory that bodes well for the future. It has been a team effort that has involved all the colleagues who work at the Uffizi with the most diverse tasks. Together it has been possible to achieve the three decisive factors that have been able to attract and retain visitors: the new rooms of the 16th century opened last May, the exhibitions that range from classical antiquity to contemporary art and the cultural offer that we also promote on the web and on social networks".