- Location: At Loggiato degli Uffizi, 6 Florence
- Attraction Type: Art Museum
- Significance: Collection of the artwork of the maestros
- Best Time to visit: May to September
- Visiting Hours: Tuesday to Sunday — 8:15 am to 7 pm; Monday closed
- How to Reach: By train or bus to Santa Maria Novella Station
- Nearest Airport: Florence Amerigo Vespucci International Airport
Uffizi in Florence is not just another art museum but a collection of the world’s choicest masterpieces created by iconic artists since medieval times. Uffizi Museum glorifies with the works of Botticelli, Titian, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Simone Martini, Caravaggio, and Raphael. Dating back to the 16th century, the galleries are a virtual journey of five centuries.
On the request of Granduca Francisco de’ Medici, the Uffizi gallery was constructed in 1581 as per plans of architect and painter Georgio Vasari. It was strategically built from beside the Medici Palace to River Arno over Ponte Vecchio Bridge for the purpose of holding offices and bureaucratic meetings. In 1584, Buontalenti, Vasari’s successor built the fabulous ‘Tribuna Ottagonale’ or ‘Octagonal Platform’ as a cosmological structure. The element of ‘air’ is represented by a weathercock, ‘water’ is represented by the sky vault, and ‘fire’ is depicted by red upholstery. An octagonal table placed in the center of the room is the main attraction. An armory, a gallery of scientific instruments, and a ‘cabinet of the Madame’ containing miniature artifacts are remarkable.
The XVII century gallery is outstanding with its collections of porcelain, archaeological remains, hard stone implements, and hand made articles. In the XVIII century, scientific instruments were taken and displayed in this Florence museum. In the 19th century, paintings of ‘Contini Bonacossi’ as well as ‘Feroni’ collections were recovered and displayed. The Vasariano Corridors and Mediceo Theater were renovated, where many sculptures and minor artworks were put on display.
The collections of the Uffizi Museum are displayed in 34 rooms. Paintings and sculptures from the 12th century to present times are displayed in the order in these galleries. In the galleries you would be enthused to find Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni, Raphael’s Madonna del Cardellino and Portrait of Pope Julius II, Rembrandt’s self-portrait, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Adoration of the Magi and The Annunciation, Caravaggio’s The Sacrifice of Issac and Bacchus, Titian’s Flora and Venus of Urbino, and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and La Primavera.
Staying in Florence
While visiting Uffizi, one can in any of the good hotels in this Florence. Burchianti, Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, Pensione Maria Luisa, de’ Medici, Hotel Abaco, and Torre di Bellosguardo are among the notable accommodations in Florence.
Florence is a gourmet’s delight. Il Latini is renowned for its grilled meats and steaming ‘ribollita’, while Il Pizzaiuolo is famous for its incredibly delicious pizzas. La Giostra serves authentic Austrian recipes, while in Cibreo you would be served with the best of Tuscan dishes.