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The Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery, in Florence’s Historic Center, is a gem of a museum, and a treasure trove of many of Italy’s greatest artistic masterpieces. This magnificent complex houses some of the world’s most beautiful works from the 1300s and from the Renaissance. It is one of the most famous and most-frequented museums on the globe, beloved for its precious collections of paintings and ancient statues.
Florence's Uffizi GalleryThe History
Architecturally, the Gallery is without peer (at least among those structures from the 1500s), and testifies to the grandeur of the singular and fecund times in which it came into being. Constructed upon the command of the Grand Duke Francesco I and according to the plan by master architect Giorgio Vasari, the Galleria crowns the top floor of the majestic Uffizi building (name that belies the original function of the structure, that of the Medici Family’s administrative offices). 
The building’s loggia, decorated with masterpieces created over the arc of time, makes known the love for art that figured among the Medicean Dynasty's proponents and supporters; many were the passionate collectors of paintings, sculptures and other objets d’art
Even the Medicis’ successors – the Lorena clan and later the Italian State carried on with the intense valorization and enhancement program for the Gallery. 

The Museum and Its works
A tour of the grand halls of the Gallery is a discovery of one marvel after another: Classical sculptures, tapestries, furnishings and, above all, “miracles” in painting (art that spans from the 1300s to the Renaissance, up unto the 1700s). 
Here, visitors can gape at, among other titles, Gentile da Fabriano’s Adoration of the MagiThe Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello, The Rucellai Madonna by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Cimabue’s Santa Trinita Maestà, Giotto’s Ognissanti MadonnaPortrait of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca, The Portinari Altarpiece by Hugo van der Goes, Botticelli’s Primavera and Venus, Leonardo’s Adoration of the Magi, the Doni Tondo (or Doni Madonna) by Michelangelo, the Cardellino Madonna by Raphael, Titian’s Venus of Urbino, and Caravaggio’s Bacchus, all master works that pay tribute to both Italian and foreign art. 

Vasari’s Corridor
In 1565 Vasari had a special corridor constructed (the so-called Vasari Corridor) that connects the offices used by the Medici to the current Uffizi Gallery and to Palazzo Pitti, the Medici residence at the time. The Corridor traces in part the Ponte Vecchio, the walls of which were decorated with works by Guido Reni, by the cousins Carracci, and by Artemisia Gentileschi. 
The Corridor’s important collections of German, Dutch and Flemish and Spanish paintings (think Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Velázquez), and of famous self-portraits by the aforementioned artists, only enhance its enchantment factor.  
The Corridor’s innovative architectonic elements produce the effect of a passageway suspended over Florence; rather narrow and at over one-half a mile long, it stupefies with its spectacular view over the Arno River and on the Church of Santa Felicita
The versatile visionary Giorgio Vasari, the Medicis’ preferred artist and key figure in the Florentine Family’s numerous initiatives, left his indelible highly-creative mark on the city, particularly with the Uffizi. It goes without saying that a visit to this Gallery is indispensable for anyone coming to Tuscany who wants to see Italy's rich cultural and artistic heritage come to life, right before their eyes. 

Useful Information

Useful links
Website for Tourism in Florence
Polo Museale Fiorentino 

The Firenzecard is a combination access pass to Florence's principal museums, villas, churches and historic gardens. 

Hours
Tuesday to Sunday, 8:15 AM - 6:50 PM
Closed: Monday, New Year's Day, May 1, Christmas Day.
Ticket office closes at 6:05 PM

Tickets
Full Price: € 6.50; Reduced Price: € 3.25 
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