Uffizi 7th in world for visitors in 2020 despite pandemic

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(ANSA) – ROME, APR 2 – Uffizi Director Eike Schmidt said
Friday that the Florence museum was seventh-top in the world
last year for visitor numbers despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
    “The pandemic hit extremely hard but the Uffizi Gallery hung in
there,” Schmidt told the Foreign Press Association of Italy.
    “In 2020 we had a total of 1,206,175 visitors, 27.5% of the
number of the previous year, despite COVID and all that it
entailed in terms of closures and restrictions.
    “That puts us in seventh place among the art museums of the
whole world.
    “In 2019 we were ninth in the table.
    “We lost 72% of our visitors, the same percentage as the Paris
Louvre and Madrid’s Reina Sofia”.
    He said he expects the gallery to bounce back in a major way
next year. (ANSA).
   

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