The Uffizi art gallery at dusk, Florence 17 Oct 2016
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Quite simply, this is the world’s greatest collection of Italian Renaissance art, beautifully housed in a U-shaped 16th-century building whose former use as the administrative centre for the Medici family gave it its name, ‘The Offices’.
A visit to the Galleria degli Uffizi is a memorable experience. Here are some of the most famous works of art ever made and the breadth of the Italian collections, including pieces by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo, is astounding.
The Uffizi is unique in that most of its paintings were created in Florence, by Florentine artists, for Florentine patrons. Many were commissioned, collected or inherited by the Medici, whose last surviving family member, Anna Maria Ludovica, bequeathed the entire collection to the citizens of Florence upon her death in 1743. Experience Renaissance Florence for yourself on Insight Guides' Florence: A Trip Back in Time holiday.