The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous places in Florence, Italy. The museum is well known all over the world for the numerous unique masterpieces it houses. Most of the exhibits in the museum are dedicated to the Renaissance era. The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the whole of Europe. With all its exhibits and the grandeur of the structure, the Uffizi is definitely a place to visit on your tour of Florence.
The famous works at the Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Gallery is home to works by the masters including Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Cimabue and Leonardo da Vinci. A big part of the exhibits belongs to the period from 12th century AD to 17th century AD.
There are forty-five halls in the Uffizi Gallery. All these rooms are spread out on two floors of the museum. Every room of the gallery is precious and worth seeing. When you book a tour of the Uffizi Gallery with City Wonders, we provide an English-speaking guide to accompany you. The guide will recount interesting facts and stories about the various exhibits and will ensure that your tour is educational as well as fun.
A brief history
Construction of the Uffizi Gallery began in 1560 and completed in 1581. The purpose of the building was to accommodate offices of the magistrates in Florence. The name of the building “Uffizi” comes from the word “office.” Over the years, several extensions have been added to the structure.
The architecture of the Gallery is very interesting. A characteristic feature of the Uffizi is its long corridor that runs down the middle. The corridor is very narrow and opens into the Arno through a Doric screen. Some of the other architectural details of the Uffizi include unbroken cornices built between the triple steps and each story, the niches built into the piers and the continuous roof edges.
On the tour of the Uffizi, you can watch Giotto & the 13th Century in Hall 2, the International Gothic in Halls 5 and 6, the Early Renaissance in Hall 7, Filippo Lippi in Hall 8 and the Titian in Hall 83. If you are looking for the works of the master, you can visit Halls 10 and 14 for Botticelli, Hall 15 for Leonardo, Hall 35 for Michelangelo and the Florentines and Hall 66 for Raffaello. There are numerous other exhibits you can see in each room of the Uffizi.
Check out our excellent guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.