Galleria Degli Uffizi
Erstwhile Roman empire or Italy as it is known to the world in our age, has always been revered for its more glorious range of marvels of art, sculpture and architecture and to experience this great Roman aura if you are to choose a handful of museums in Italy that survived till date with one of the largest and most ravishing range of artworks, then you must include Galleria Degli Uffizi to the top of your priorities. This gigantic sprawling museum in Florence is one of the oldest and houses some of the most valued treasures of history and art pertaining to the western world.
History that sounds through the footsteps
Walking the long corridors or courtyard of this gigantic museum, you are likely to feel the yesteryears mythic and historical figures are echoing through the resounding footsteps. Galleria Degli Uffizi or as popularly known Uffizi Gallery is situated in the majestic Italian city of Florence, the birth place of a great many scholars, artists, scientists and philosophers who made the city come into prominence all through ancient to medieval history.
From Giovanni Boccaccio to Leonardo Da Vinci, from Machiavelli to Galileo, a major constellation of World’s greatest minds born and made into prominence from Florence. This great edifice was primarily built back in 1560 as to house the city magistrate’s office and the construction took more than twenty years to finish in 1581. The long stretch of narrow courtyard that intersects the building in two parts is considered by many historians as a typical construction that inspired the later modern streetscapes of Europe. It is where Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo used to visit for artistic inspiration. When you walk on the long hallway the tapestries of the floor and the statues at their time-still liveliness is sure to have a mesmerizing effect, but that is just the beginning.
Collection of astounding artworks
Galleria Degli Uffizi is famous for its most astounding collection artworks that range from frescos, murals, paintings and sculptures by some of the most renowned and influential artists of rare brilliance. The prominence of Florence marked the high time in European renaissance and so does these impeccable artworks of the gallery. Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Piero Della Francesca are just few of the tallest names whose works of art are displayed here. Some great fresco works in the corridor are worth hours to look on. Even people who are not particularly art enthusiast can experience solace in some of the heart rendering works of art here and that precisely Galleria Degli Uffizi is so famous for. Some of the must see artworks of this museum include Botticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Annunciation, Adoration of the Magi, Rembrandt’s Self Portrait as an Young Man, Titan’s Venus of Urbino, only to name a few.
Important things to know
Galleria Degli Uffizi is the most popular tourist attraction in Florence and so if you are visiting in peak season, expect long hours of waiting for your turn. It is not absolutely unheard of that some even had to wait for four hours to visit the gallery, but in any case all your stress and distress worth the magnificence that you will encounter once you enter the premises. Entry tickets to the museum are available online and are priced at E6.50 per person. Mid August is officially the summer season in Italy and naturally also the peak season in terms of tourist turnout. April to May is also popular for tourists, but relatively less crowded than the summer and so it is advisable to plan your Florence tour accordingly.