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Uffizi Gallery


Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Photo by Vito Arcomano, ũ Fototeca ENIT

Daily; not Mon
Hours: Tue-Sun 8.15am-6.50pm
Cost: €6.50; concessions €3.25; EU under-18s & over-65s free
Link: Italian Tourism Website
The queues for the Uffizi Gallery in central Florence are a clue: it's the world's finest collection of Renaissance art. You'll never see it all. Look out for Botticelli's Birth of Venus and early works by Leonardo da Vinci.
The Uffizi galleries were designed in 1560 for Cosimo de Medici by the famed art historian Vasari. From the haunting Madonnas of Cimabue (1240-1302) and Giotto (1267?-1337), the earliest players in the Italian Renaissance, the rooms lead through to all the Florentine masters: Masolino, Massacio, Filippo Lippi, the Pollaiuolo brothers. Further on is a room full of Botticellis (1445-1510), which is dominated by the incredibly famous Primavera.

Next is a room full of Verrochios (1435-1488), and some work attributed to the pupil who eclipsed him, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).

Perhaps the most impressive room of all is the ornate and elaborate octagonal Tribuna, a tall thin construction with much of its original decoration preserved. Its walls, up to the ceiling, are lined with portraits, the most significant and rarest being Agnolo Bronzino's (1503-1572) images of the Medici family.

Please visit the Uffizi website for details of temporary exhibitions and temporary closed rooms.
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