Uffizi Offers One-Day Price Deal to Couples

Raphael’s famous portraits of Angolo Doni and his wife Maddalena Strozzi are part of the Uffizi collection, and on Thursday, January 31, their 515th wedding anniversary, the gallery is offering two tickets for the price of one to couples who wish to tour the museum that day.

To admire the masterpieces of the Uffizi will cost €6 per person for a couple instead of €12 at the ticket office all day.

“This special offer is designed to be a Valentine’s Day treat ahead of time,” says Uffizi director Eike Schmidt.

Agnolo Doni, a merchant who specialized in exporting textiles throughout Europe allied himself with the powerful Medici family by marrying Maddalena Strozzi, and their 1504 wedding and reception was a costly and sumptuous affair.  The pair also commissioned the Doni Tondo, a painting of the Holy Family — Mary, Joseph and the child Jesus — to Michelangelo in the early 1500s.  The round panel is also displayed at the Uffizi.  (rosanna cirigliano)