Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
Ranked #8 in Italy Tourism
Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy is one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the Western World. The museum has a wide collection of paintings and ancient sculptures.
Uffizi Gallery was built in 1581. It was originally designed by the then famous painter and architect- Giorgio Vasari. The octagonal room called Tribuna is the heart of the museum. It was constructed in 1584 by Bernardo Buotalenti. The room is fully embellished with beautiful marble, shells and precious stones. The museum was opened to public only in the year 1769.
Uffizi Gallery Halls
Uffizi Gallery has more than 45 halls spread in the first and second floors of the palace that is the abode of the museum. Each hall showcases valuable works of art. However, if you have limited time, you can visit some of the must see halls of the Uffizi.
Hall 2 is an important place to visit in the gallery. It houses Tuscan and Italian paintings belonging to 13th century. You can find the masterpieces of great artists like Giotto, Cimabue and Duccio di Buoninsegna. The depiction of the Virgin Mary is one of the most important paintings to be seen in this hall.
Hall 5 and 6 boasts of international Gothic paintings. The Adoration of the Magi, an exquisite work by Gentile da Fabriano can be found here. The painting is decorated with silver and gold, features plushy fabrics and wonderful details and eye catching gentle figures.
Hall 15 is a must see place in Uffizi Gallery, as it is dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. You can find his masterpiece here, which expresses his scientific attention to natural phenomena. Hall 25 houses the extraordinary art works of Michelangelo. The Holy Family with the infant and St. John the Baptist, the masterpiece of Michelangelo can be found here. Guided tours in the Uffizi Gallery can help you explore the masterpieces and understand the importance of each painting.
How to get to Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi Gallery is located at the center of Florence, near Piazza della Signoria. It lies between the Arno River and the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio. You can reach Florence by car, train or air. From Amerigo Vespucci airport in Florence, you can take a bus to Santa Maria Novello railway station in Florence. The museum is a 10 minute walk away from the railway station.