The Uffizi Gallery in Florence

If Paris is worth a mass, a holiday in Florence is worth a day at the Uffizi Gallery.

If nothing else because it is the most visited museum in Italy. Together with the Galleria dell`Accademia, in fact, it welcomes every year 3 millions of tourists... which means around 8,000 visitors a day!

Situated in the heart of Florence historic centre and surrounded by architectural masterpieces, such as the Palazzo della Signoria, the Loggia dei Lanzi and, going towards the Arno river, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery was designed by Giorgio Vasari and built between 1560 and 1580. Originally, the building was erected to house the administrative offices of the Tuscan state - Cosimo I de` Medici became Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1569, after that during the Great Italian Wars Florence had defeated Siena, its sworn enemy. In the course of the centuries, the gallery has acquired new collections.

Nowadays, its more than 40 rooms house works by Cimabue and Giotto (room 2), Massacio and Beato Angelico (7), Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci (15), Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Tintoretto, Rubens, Botticelli, Dürer, Caravaggio and Hans Memling. There you will find also Roman pieces, modern bronzes, miniatures, and so on.

And while you are booking your villa or holiday apartment in Florence, do not forget to phone the Uffizi Gallery and book a guided visit to the Vasari Corridor.

The Corridor is a raised passageway over the Uffizi Gallery that connects the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of the Tuscan government, to Palazzo Pitti, the private residence of the powerful family coming from the Mugello valley who ruled Florence.


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