Published On: Tue, May 26th, 2015

Uffizi Gallery in Florence: Exploring Renaissance Art in all its Splendor!

Regardless of whether you are a globe trotter or not, for you, the Italian city Florence is immediately associable with a feeling of inexplicable enchantment. Needless to mention, much of our astonishment can be attributed to the string of museums and art galleries of the city. Of them, the Uffizi Gallery deserves a special mention for being the numero uno gallery in the whole world when it comes to Italian Renaissance Art.

In short, a well-rounded Florence trip is incomplete without a visit to this noted museum. Before delving in to the rich history of Uffizi, it would be worth mentioning that this museum has been a principal tourist attraction for a very long time. Perhaps, that is why a casual search with keywords like uffizi online biglietti a musement.com will lead you to innumerable results. Wonder what uffizi online bigliettia is? It’s nothing but the “Italian” translation for Uffizi online tickets.

The Uffizi gallery very simply offers you a tour through the entire Gothic to the Baroque eras, when pioneers like Raphael, Giotto, Caravaggio, Medici and Michelangelo took it upon themselves to redefine Italian art. How about getting up and close with all their works? Trust us! The gallery mesmerizes you by its sheer “history”! The special visitors of Uffizi are offered a secret walkway, which was actually used by the illustrious Medici family for traversing government residences and buildings in secret! The secret walkway is “famously” known as the Vasari Corridor.

Adoration of the Magi by Sandro Botticelli

Adoration of the Magi by Sandro Botticelli

Vasari Corridor: A Glimpse of its History

It was in the year 1581 that Medici established this famous museum, which was commissioned by the patriarch of the family- Cosimo l in 1560. The edifice had been designed by Georgio Vasari—one of the favorites of Cosimo. Quite interestingly, the building was not meant for storing and exhibiting artworks, but to serve as the office of the high ranking officers or Uffizis. Meanwhile, however, the Medici started to own a large collection of artworks either through commissioning or purchase. These collections were eventually stored in this building, which later came to be known as one of the most well known art galleries of the world.

It was Anna Maria Luisa, who, in the wake of Medici’s decline from power, established the gallery with the help of a family pact, stating that none of her possessions would ever leave the enchanting city. Luisa was the last Medici heiress.

As a tourist, you are advised to reserve your tour to the Ufizzi gallery as without reservations, you could jolly well end up spending 2- 3 hours in the long queue (we told you how popular the gallery is!).

What would you see there?

The large courtyard, which is flanked by three wings of the museum, and staircases, which are adorned by pictures of the famous faces from the Medici family. Once, you are in “sync” with the kind of impact created by the Medici family, you can go on to explore the Gothic art rooms and the works of Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Rahael, Caravaggio among others.

Some of the noted art works to be found here include: Raphael’s Self portrait, Michelangelo’s DoniTondo, Leonardo’s the unfinished “Adoration of the Magi” among others.

Guest Author: Mariia Lovovych

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