A visit of the Uffizi Gallery is a must to be included in your staying in Florence. The precious collection of paintings, displayed in a chronological order, enjoy millions of visitors every year. It is hosted in one of the most important Renaissance buildings which develops in U shape through two elegant floors, built since 1560 by Giorgio Vasari. The official architect of the grand duke Cosimo I received the commission to built the seat of the 13 florentine magistracies controlled by the Medici. This is the meaning of the name Uffizi: offices. The painting collection, one of the most important in the world, includes paintings from the medioeval period to the XVIII century, but surely the most famous unit rapresents the Renaissance Italian paintings. Some of the masterpieces by Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael,Bronzino and Caravaggio are preserved here. After the recent works of modernization the museum shows a superb display of the masterpieces and at the first floor, once used only for temporary exhibitions, there is an important new section dedicated to the paintings of the Cinquecento from different areas :Florence, Bologna, Parma, Rome, Venice. Besides there is an evocative room dedicated to a selection of the self-portraits once in the Vasarian Corridor.
Due to the large numbers of visitors, during high season, reservation is warmly recommended. Visit the Uffizi gallery with your licensed guide of Florence!