Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery is one of the most beautiful museums in the world. It is situated by the Arno river on Piazza della Signoria, in Palazzo degli Uffizi. In front of Piazza della Signoria there is the 15th century fountain of Neptune, still working on the old Roman water supply system. The great collection of this museum is based on inheritance of the last member of Medici family. Medici in Italian means doctors and it is believed it was one of the most influential families at that time. They founded the first Medici bank and several times members of the family served as the popes, cardinals, dukes and Marija Medici was the queen of France. Besides this beautiful museum Medici family left many other buildings, among which the most important one is Pitti palace where many renaissance paintings are preserved, a part of their private collection.

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Construction started in 1560 and lasted for 21 years. The initial idea was to use it as offices for judges and that’s how it got the name - as in Italian office is ufficio. As the years were passing by it became a place where Medicis kept their art heritage and in 1765 it is opened as a museum. Nowadays, people will spend hours waiting to see some of the most famous works of great masters such as Botticelli, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello or Tiziano and definitely the most famous one is Botticelli's ‘Birth of Venus’.

The special part of Uffizi is ‘Corridoio Vasariano’, a secret passageway used for Firentian nobility to reach Medici’s offices without disturbing, over Ponte Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti.

Museum has around 1.5 million visitors each year. You can avoid waiting in lines for tickets if you reserve them ahead on their Internet page. Note: you’ll be charged a bit more for the reservation.

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