Galleria degli Uffizi
the Galleria degli Uffizi dates back to 1560. It was built by Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I de’ Medici, to house the administrative and legal offices (uffizi in ancient Italian) of Florence. The museum is organized as a long labyrinth of rooms with amazing works of art displayed roughly in chronological order along a U-shaped Renaissance building which was never created to be a museum. Cosimo de’ Medici had entrusted his favorite architect Giorgio Vasari to create a grandiose building right next to Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of power, to host the magistrates, the seats of the Florentine Guilds, a vast theatre and judiciary offices (hence the name “Uffizi” which means offices in Italian).
The Uffizi Tribune Room is the oldest room of the museum, and became a romantic symbol made famous by the European fashion of the grand tour. The room is richly decorated with enamels and shells according to the theme of the four elements (Earth, Air, Water, Fire), typical of the scientific curiosity of the Renaissance. In the Tribuna degli Uffizi you can still breathe the original spirit of the Galleria degli Uffizi, designed to arouse wonder with its works of art.
The Uffizi Gallery Museum is divided into rooms dedicated to different artistic periods. The Middle Age Halls feature the three Virgin in Majesty by Cimabue, Giotto and Buoninsegna, and compostions by Sienese and Florentine schools, including the Adoration of the Magi (Adorazione dei Magi) by Gentile da Fabriano.
A few steps from the diptych you’ll find the largest hall of the museum, housing the most stunning and breathtaking paintings by Sandro Botticelli (Halls 10-14). Stop for a few minutes to simply admire in silence the large panel of the Allegory of Spring and the canvas of the Birth of Venus. The newly reopened and renovated halls now have a double ceiling with softer but better lighting to really enjoy these masterpieces. Enjoy the many other Botticelli works of art in these rooms.
Piazzale degli Uffizi – 50122 Firenze, Italy
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15 am to 6.50 pm
Galleria degli Uffizi | paintings in chronological order
1426 – 1450
1526 – 1550