Florence: The Uffizi Gallery

Art lovers naturally gravitate to the Uffizi Gallery. For everyone else, a visit to Florence should not be considered complete without at least a look-through at the Uffizi. It’s simply the essence of Renaissance Florence. The art tells a story, but so too does the building itself.

Located near Piazza della Signoria and right next to Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) is housed in the old Medici family offices (uffizi). Portions of it overlook the Arno River. The last heir to the Medici fortune donated the family’s priceless works of art to the city. You can spend hours here…and I did. Walking up and down the halls and through the countless galleries, you are literally taking a masterclass in Renaissance art.

Uffizi Gallery

I’m no art expert, but it’s a weird feeling to see these famous paintings — you know, the ones you see mass produced as posters and such — to all of the sudden be displayed in front of your own eyes. They’re real!

For me, the showstoppers are the Botticelli paintings… always my favorites. Birth of Venus and Primavera top the list.

The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, at the Uffizi

Primavera by Botticelli, at the Uffizi

I’m a people watcher, so besides looking at the art, I like to look at the people looking at the art! Some like to get up close and examine it. Watch out for the security guard! Others sit back contemplating the piece. What does it mean? What was the artist trying to say? And of course, others are there to take a selfie!

One fascinating thing about the Uffizi is that you get a view of the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio, and the “secret” Vasari Corridor – a passageway that the Medici family could use to get from the Palazzo Vecchio, over the Ponte Vecchio, and to the Palazzo Pitti without having to be seen by the public!

Ponte Vecchio, Arno River, and Vasari Corridor

Here are some pics from the Uffizi.

 

For more Florence and Italy pics, check out my Flickr album.

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One Comment on “Florence: The Uffizi Gallery

  1. Pingback: Florence: Accademia and the David | Travel on the Side

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