Discover the history of Italian painting in the Uffizi Gallery

 

The Uffizi Gallery, the most visited Italian museum, which hosts masterpieces by Giotto, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, is a compulsory sight to visit during your stay in Florence.

The museum was born around 1581 thanks to Francesco I de’ Medici, who began to exhibit “paintings, sculptures and other precious things” in the eastern wing of the Uffizi. Then, he commissioned Bernardo Buontalenti, his court architect, to design the Tribune where Francesco exhibited classical sculpture from the Medici’s collections. Already by 1591 there were those who wanted to visit these spaces and asked for a permit to enter the Uffizi to admire rare and precious objects, which were on display there. In 1769, the Uffizi opened to the public and today they are the oldest European museum.

The tour of the Gallery allows us to discover transitions in painting occurred between the thirteenth and the seventeenth centuries, between the Middle Ages and Caravaggio. Moreover, the collection of classical sculpture exhibited in the Gallery, makes tangible the dialogue between Italian painting and Greek and Roman art.

Considering that the Uffizi collection is particularly vast, together we can plan an itinerary different from this traditional tour. It can be focused on a period, an artist or on an artistic movement that interests you most.

Duration: ca. 2h30′. The tour runs from Tuesday to Sunday.

Visited sights:

  • The Uffizi Gallery

Price for tour:

1-14 participants: 150 €
15-29 participants: 170 €
30 and more participants: 185 €

The price does not include the costs of the tickets to the Gallery. The price includes sale tax and all other compulsory duties.

Accessibility:

This tour is wheelchair friendly. Moreover, thanks to a tactile itinerary it is possible to organize a special visit for partially-sighted or blind visitors.

 

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