What tour of Italy would be complete without a visit to the world-famous museums around the country? One such place is the Uffizzi Gallery Museum which is one of the most culture-rich museums in the world. There are so many unique artworks and masterpieces adorning the walls and halls of this museum, most of them produced during the Renaissance period. For those who do not know, Renaissance means the rebirth, so for these craftsmen, Renaissance is the rebirth or arts and culture into their society.
Located in the heart of Florence, Italy the Uffizi hosts great artworks by legendary artists like Botticelli, Cimabue, Michaelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Rafaello, just to name a few of the most famous ones. The collection is so large it has masterpieces which were created mostly between the 12th and the 17th century, when the Renaissance movement was in full swing.
The Uffizi Gallery Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world with over 1 million visitors per year. The other most visited museum is the Vatican Museum in Rome. The museums are so famous for their exquisite art that the long queues in order to get in and catch the exhibit is just as famous as the art pieces themselves.
When I visited the place, the entrance was swamped with visitors wanting to get in. If you want to get a nice visit, you must come early, even before the doors open, to make sure you don’t get caught up in the queue. So that’s exactly what I did. I left the hotel at 5 in the morning thinking I would be the first at the door when it opens. But to my surprise, when I arrived, there was already a queue where at least a hundred people were already waiting to get in.
The building was built in 1560 and was intended originally to become offices for the Florentine magistrate, therefore the name Uffizi, which stuck and was never changed. The original designer of the building was Giorgio Vasari, but the building was completed by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Bountalenti in 1581. It was intended to hold the art collection of the Medici Clan, and later on converted into a museum and was opened to the public at the start of the 16th century.
It is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in Italy, and waiting time to get in could take up to 5 hours.