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The Uffizi (Gallerie degli Uffizi)

Madonna and Child with Saints ©  Dimitris Kamaras
Madonna and Child with Saints © Dimitris Kamaras

The Uffizi is one of the world's greatest art galleries, with a collection of Renaissance paintings that includes the works of Giotto, Masaccio, Paolo Ucello, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Titian and Caravaggio. The collection is housed on the top floor of a building designed as the offices of the Medici, commissioned by Duke Cosimo I. From 1581, Cosimo's heirs used the upper storey to display the Medici art treasures. Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures line the inner corridors of the gallery and a series of rooms showcases the chronological development of Florentine art from Gothic to High Renaissance and beyond. The queues can get frustratingly long so it is best to arrive as early as possible.

Address: Loggiato degli Uffizi 6

Website: www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Luogo/MibacUnif/Enti/visualizza_asset.html_126669143.html

Opening times: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15am to 6.50pm. Closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

Admission: Ticket prices vary, concessions are available. Special exhibitions have an excess fee