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- The Uffizi
- Alt Name:
- Early Modern (1500AD-1800AD)
- 1500AD - 1599AD
- Cosimo I dei Medici
- Palazzo Vecchio, Basilica di Santa Croce,
Florence Cathedral, Palazzo Pitti ,
about The Uffizi
The Uffizi, literally translated as “the offices” is Florence’s world famous art gallery and the creation of one of its most iconic figures, Duke Cosimo I dei Medici. Cosimo I was both the Duke of Florence and, from 1569, the Grand Duke of Tuscany. He was the first ever holder of this latter title.
The Uffizi was originally built from 1560 to 1580 to house the offices – hence the name – of Florence’s administration and judicial sectors. Initially designed and built by Giorgio Vasari, the Uffizi was continued by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti. This occurred when Vasari, and also Cosimo I, died in 1574.
Cosimo I’s successor was his son, Francesco I, who first decided to use the Uffizi as an art gallery, an endeavour further undertaken by Francesco I’s brother and successor Ferdinando I and continued today.
The collections now held at the Uffizi include artwork from the gothic and renaissance eras by some of the world’s most prominent artists such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Titian, Carravagio and Giotto.
The Uffizi is part of the Historic Florence UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Address: The Uffizi, Piazzale degli Uffizi, 50122 Firenze
Phone: +39 (0)55 238 8651
The nearest train station to the Uffizi, Firenze Santa Maria Novella, has services from around Italy and is a 15 minute walk or via bus 23.
The Uffizi is open daily except Mondays, 8:15am-6:50pm. Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. Entry costs €6.50, reduced €3.25
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