Florence's Most Famous Museum

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by airynfaerie on October 19, 2009

Definitely Florence's most famous museum, the Galleria degli Uffizi is also one of the world's most famous museums. These amazing, and extensive galleries of fine art collection are located in an setting just as amazing. The building was originally built as a palace for the city's head magistrates and government officials. Still today this structure impresses visitors of all ages, not to mention the impressiveness of the priceless art that lies within.

Commissed by Cosimo I of Florence's famous Medici family, construction began in 1560 by architect Vasari who also built a corridor walkway above the city streets that passes from this museum over the Ponte Vecchio and all the way to the Pitti Palace. Later, the palace's space was converted into a gallery to house art by Cosimo's son Francis. Now over the centrueis the art collection has continued to grow and currently offers thousands of pieces from paintings, sculptures, and tapestries.

By 1765, the Uffizi was opened as a public museum, and the collection had grown so much that some of the pieces were transferred to other museums in the city. For the past few years, the Uffizi has been working on adding and additional section for expansion. Construction scaffolding has become an almost permanent fixture in the courtyard area for locals during the recent years, although the completion is slated to be soon approaching. The collection includes artwork from the city's history and is famed for the self-portrait collection, as well as fresco pieces, and the star which is the recognizable Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus".

As one of Florence's top tourist attractions, lines can be extremely long (sometimes up to 3 hours). You can make reservations ahead of time by calling the reservation number, and you'll be issued a specific entrance time. Try to make this reservation (as well as your reservation for the Accademia museum) before solidifying the rest of your Florence plans, as you'll be at the mercy of the ticketing agent. If you aren't able to get a reservation ahead of time, just wake up early and be in line when it opens so you can get in quickly and out to enjoy the rest of the day.

• http://www.firenzemusei.it/00_english/uffizi/index.html
• Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
• Open 8:15am - 6:50pm (tues - Sun)
• Admission 6.50euros (Reservation no. +39 055 294883)
Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Degli Uffizi, 6
Florence, Italy, 50122
+39 05523885


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