Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 24 Oct 2019
The Uffizi Gallery is noted as one of the most important museums in Italy, with a prominent collection from the Renaissance Era. This museum can be found at the heart of the Historic Center of Florence and has been open to the public since 1769. The wealthy Cosimo I de’Medici ordered Giorgio Vasari to begin construction on these “offices” in 1560. There are over 45 halls in this gallery, each with unique works of art and masterpieces. After the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, the painting was recovered from the thieves and it was temporarily held safe at this museum. Aside from Michaelangelo and Da Vinci, other artists whose work is on display are: Raphael, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Giotto and Botticelli. The flood of 1966 destroyed many art collections but the efforts of the locals and tourists helped save a large portion of the artwork. Today, with a low-free, visitors are welcome to this museum everyday expect Monday and certain holidays.
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