The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most visited places in Italy, with over 1.5 million visitors each year, and among the oldest and most important art museums in Europe.
The Uffizi Gallery is located on the top floor of a U-shaped building, designed in 16thcentury by Giorgio Vasari. Originally, the building was intended to accommodate the offices of the Florentine magistrates, hence the name uffizi (meaning "offices" in archaic Italian). However, over the years most parts of the palace evolved into a display space for the artworks collected by the Medici Family, which ruled Florence at the time.
Today, the Uffizi Gallery houses an artistic heritage of inestimable value, which includes thousands of paintings, from Medieval to contemporary times, as well as hundreds of monumental statues and lots of other pieces of art. Its collections of paintings contain some absolute masterpieces made by the greatest artistsof all time, such as Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca and so on.
A must-see for art lovers (but not only), but better to be visited with a guided tour!