Alas! No pictures from the Uffizi since photography was forbidden. We almost gave up in despair when we noticed the lines to enter the gallery. Having just arrived we had not purchased our Firenze card, a fast pass for all the major sites. However, I had a cunning plan. Scouting out the neighboring Palazzo Vecchio, which offered few lines we determined that we could purchase our Firenze there and come back to the Uffizi. Success our plan worked and what could have been a four hour wait was no more than 5 minutes.
I had a similar experience with the Academia the following day. Seeing the lines wrap around the block I was discouraged but continued on to the gate hoping my Firenze card would save the day! I was not disappointed. The Michelangelo sculptures were amazing of course, the prisoner series greats you as you enter and leads you to the colossal David. However, it was their plaster cast room that was the surprise treat for me. I wandered in almost by accident and I was fascinated by their collection based on classical Greek and Roman or Renaissance sculptures. Once they were the tools of learning for young artists now they have their own wing in the museum.