Please arrives at the meeting point 30 minutes before your chosen time so you do not lose your time slot.
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Uffizi Gallery is, without a doubt one of the biggest treasures Florence has to offer. If you wish to learn more about its history, you can always upgrade to our Uffizi tour. Or, read through the paragraph below!
The roots of the Galleria Degli Uffizi reach back to the prosperous period of the Republic of Florence. Cosimo I de Medici, first Grand Duke of Tuscany commissioned the building to create offices for merchants, judges, and magistrates of Florence. The works started in 1560 and finished 20 years later (1580). However, Cosimo didn’t live long enough to see the offices in all their glory. After Cosimo’s death, Francesco I de’ Medici (his son) entrusted the construction to Buontalenti.
Besides the offices, Francesco decided to use the loggia on the rooftop as a personal gallery showcasing his collection of paintings from the 15th century, as well as stones, jewelry, cameos, statues, bronzes, miniatures, scientific instruments, and even natural rarities. Since then, when the Uffizi needed extending, Buontalenti kept this new function in mind adding a theatre and tribune.
Later, between the 16th and 17th century, the Hall of Geographic Maps (collection of maps of the Medici domains in Florence, Siena, and Elba) and the Mathematics Room (filled with innovative scientific instruments) joined the party. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until 1769 when the gallery we know today officially opened its door to the public.
Today, the Uffizi entrance fee includes a whimsical journey through the history of art displayed in over 50 exhibition rooms. You will see works of numerous Renaissance painters such as Masaccio and Paolo Uccello; even stunning paintings like Allegory of Spring and the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli are part of the collection!
Book Uffizi Tickets online and get straight to the art without wasting your precious time in endless queues!