Galleria degli uffizi, Home to the world’s greatest collection of Italian Renaissance art, the Galleria degli Uffizi is a must-see of any visit to Florence. The Uffizi was built in the mid-16th century and was initially used to house government and administrative offices.
Today, it is home to the collection of art that the Medici family bequeathed to the city in 1743 on the condition that it would never leave Florence. The museum follows a chronological order, letting visitors go through the centuries with Italian art. Some highlights of the Uffizi include Piero della Francesca’s Dukes of Urbino, Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and La Primavera, Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, Rapheal’s Madonna of the Goldfinch, the Tribuna, Titain’s Venus of Urbino, and the Medici portraits of Bronzino, to only mention a few.
The Bargello is a wonderful museum that is a bit off the beaten track and has a superb collection of Renaissance sculptures. The museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Florence, dating back to 1255.
Before becoming a museum, the palace was used as headquarters for various political groups and figures including the Bargello (the head of the police) in the 16th century, which is where the museum gets its name. In the 18th century, it was used as a prison and in the mid-19th century, the medieval palace became the national museum it is today. Some must-sees of the museum include the works of Donatello, his bronze David, the first freestanding nude sculpture created since Greco-Roman antiquity, and his St. George from the exterior of Oransanmichele. The collection also boasts the two panels by Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi for the Baptistery door competition of 1401, the event that is considered to mark the beginning of the Renaissance, Michelangelo’s drunken Bacchus, Giambologna’s Mercury, and the bronze David of Andrea del Verrocchio, the teacher of Leonardo da Vinci.
The Galleria dell’Accademia was created in 1784 and is today the home of Michelangelo’s crowning masterpiece, the David. Although there may be replicas of the David scattered throughout the city, none compare to seeing the original. In 1873, the David was moved from its position outside Palazzo Vecchio, to the Accademia for conservation purposes.
Along with the David, the museum also houses Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures of St. Matthew and the Prisoners (or Slaves) that look like they are breaking free from the marble and document Michelangelo’s sculpting and thought process. The Accademia also possesses works of many Italian greats including Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, Allessando Allori and Orcagna.
Museum tickets price per person Walkabout Florence Guide
- 20€ Have the whole of Florence al the tips of your ﬁngers.
Uffizi Museum Tickets & Walkabout Guide
- 38€ Skip the line to see the masterpieces of the Ufﬁzi.
Accademia Museum Tickets & Walkabout Guide
- 38€ Skip the line to see the Michelangelo’s David.
Accademia & Uffizi Tickets & Walkabout Guide
- 70€ Skip the line to see Michelangelo’s David & the Ufﬁzi.
Duomo Inclusive Tickets & Walkabout Guide
- 35€ See the buildings of the Duomo and climb the Dome.
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