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August 26, 2007
From journal 3 Nights in Fabulous Florence
May 28, 2007
From journal Arte Firenze
January 2, 2007
From journal Florence's Greatest Art Collection
by Ghost Train Rider
May 22, 2006
An amazing look at the greatest Italian painters, going in chronological order from very early Italian to High Renaissance and Baroque. Allow yourself about 2 hours if you want to take your time. We got the audio guide, which I would pass on next time. The info was pretty dry (more info on painting styles, rather than explaining the attributes of a particular work) and it was confusing knowing what you were supposed to be looking at.
The highlight was the Botticelli room which contains his two most famous works "Birth of Venus" and "Primavera." Admission costs €9.50 (reservation is an additional €3, but worth it!) Audio guide is €4 (and not really worth it).No photos allowed inside the museum.
From journal Florence - I'm Forever a Fan!
April 18, 2006
From journal Finding a (Good) Restaurant in Florence
by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
August 28, 2005
The Uffizi has, arguably, the greatest collection of Italian art in the world. It was built in the 16th century as public offices for Duke Cosimo I de' Medici. The family stored much of their vast art collection in this building. In the 18th century, the last heir of the Medici family, Anna Maria Luisa, gave the total collection to the City of Florence, and it is now permanent public property
The viewing rooms are all on the third floor. Besides the rooms full of Florentine art, all the other Italian schools are represented, as well as the Dutch, Flemish, German, and French schools. It contains works by Botticelli, Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Titian, and Rubens, to name a few. It also houses a large collection of Greek, Roman, and Renaissance sculpture.
In my opinion, "don’t miss" the Giotto altarpiece in Room 2, the Florentine masters in Room 4, The Fillippo Lippi paintings in Room 8, and the Botticelli collection in rooms 10 through 14, especially "The Birth of Venus," which established a new standard for artistic expression. You may have to wait to enter the octagonal room full of incredible statuary, but it’s worth it. Room 24 holds a number of works by Da Vinci.
If you are not flagging, take in Raphael’s works in Room 26 and Titian’s "Venus of Urbino" in Room 28. Compare it with Botticelli’s version and you will begin to understand the differences between Florence and Venice. The Rubens room is 41, and the Rembrandt collection is in Room 44. Also, give yourself time to wander the hallways and enjoy both the statuary and the view out the windows of the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio.
I am obviously enthusiastic about this place, as opposed to a couple from Chicago Tom and I meet while waiting for our reservations. They are using the tickets and reservations of his brother, who cancelled at the last minute. They freely admit they are only visiting the Uffizi so they don't have to explain to their friends why they missed it. How ironic! Tom and I, and many of the other visitors, have waited years to be able to visit this incredible museum. They are here by accident. Tom runs into them later, and the man's only comment is that the place is poorly lit and dirty, a comment that breaks both of us up as we view 45 rooms of irreplaceable masterpieces.
The museum is open from 8:15am to 7:15pm. It is closed on Mondays. Entry is about 12€. MAKE RESERVATIONS.
From journal Fabulous, Fantastic Florence
February 5, 2005
From journal Mistakes and Discoveries
August 11, 2004
From journal The Treasures of Florence
Cary, North Carolina
July 1, 2004
From journal Florence - Do they love their naked statues!
August 31, 2003
From journal Michelangelo's Florence