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Joy of Museums

Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is located in the Historic Centre of Florence and is one of the largest and best-known museums in the world. It holds a collection of priceless works, mainly from the period of the Italian Renaissance.  The gallery had been open to visitors by request since the sixteenth century, and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public, formally becoming a museum in 1865.

The Uffizi building began in 1560 to accommodate the offices of the city’s magistrates, hence the name uffizi or “offices”. The top floor was made into a gallery for the family and their guests and included their collection of Roman sculptures. The gallery was intended to display the artworks of the Medici collections, and it became famous and an important attraction of a Grand Tour.

Over the years, larger sections of the palace were converted into exhibition spaces for paintings and sculpture collected or commissioned by the Medici. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo frequented the Uffizi to look at the collection. Today, the Uffizi is one of the essential tourist attractions of Florence and one of the most visited art museums in the world.

A Tour of the Uffizi Gallery

Questions and Answers about the Uffizi Gallery

  • What are the top Artworks in the Uffizi Gallery?
    • The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
    • Doni Tondo by Michelangelo
    • Venus of Urbino by Titian
    • “Primavera” by Sandro Botticelli
    • Portrait of Pope Leo X with Two Cardinals by Raphael
    • Coronation of the Virgin by Fra Angelico
    • Laocoön and his Sons by Baccio Bandinelli
    • Madonna with the Long Neck by Parmigianino
    • Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Verrocchio
    • Medusa by Caravaggio
  • Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery
    • The Uffizi Gallery is one of Florence’s famous museum and can have very long lines for ticketing. We recommend advance bookings during peak season to avoid a long wait in the ticketing line. Or.
    • Considering purchasing one of the combined city or combined museum tickets which provide skip the line through the fast track lane options. Check the museum website for all the options.
  •  What are the key museums in Florence?

Uffizi Gallery

  • Name:             Uffizi Gallery
  • Italian:             Galleria degli Uffizi
  • City:                 Florence
  • Country:           Italy
  • Established:    1581
  • Type:               Art Museum, Historic site
  • Location:        Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

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“What I have dreamed in an hour is worth more than what you have done in four.”
– Lorenzo de’ Medici

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Photo Credit: By Chris Wee [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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