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Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi)

A visit to Florence’s famous art gallery will bring you face to face with some of the world’s best-loved masterpieces.

As you wander open-mouthed past some of the most familiar paintings and sculptures in the world, it’s hard to imagine that Florence’s celebrated Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) started life as administration offices for the city’s magistrates. It wasn’t until 1574 that the Grand Duke of Tuscany chose the building to house his collection that would be added to by subsequent generations and finally become a star attraction of the Grand Tour.

The building, designed by Giorgio Vasari, is of immense architectural interest for its elongated U-shape featuring an internal courtyard which has been referenced ever since as a blueprint for European streetscapes. The collection of art from the 13th to 18th centuries is one of the most important in the world, being comprised exclusively of acknowledged masterpieces which have had a major influence on Western art.

For many visitors, the highlight of their tour is catching the first glimpse of Botticelli’s famous Primavera and The Birth of Venus. Other celebrated treasures include da Vinci’s Annunciation, Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch, Titian’s Venus of Urbino, paintings by Giotto and Caravaggio, and sculptures by Michelangelo. There are also many fine examples of German, Dutch and Flemish masters including Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens.

With so much to see, spread across more than 40 rooms on two levels, it’s a good idea to plan your visit with the help of a guide book, available from reception. Audio guides in several different languages may also be hired. Take time out to enjoy a refreshing snack in the rooftop café and gaze down at the crowds in the Piazza della Signoria before recommencing your cultural journey through the galleries.

As one of Florence’s most popular visitor attractions, the Uffizi can be extremely busy, especially during peak periods, so pre-booking your tickets is a sensible way to avoid the queues and make the most of your time. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and May 1.

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