The Uffizi in Florence is the most visited museum in Italy, without counting the places like the Colosseum and Pompeii, which are considered archaeological sites.
There are masterpieces of inestimable value such as Primavera and the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, the Doni Tondo by Michelangelo, the Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael, the Ognissanti Madonna by Giotto, as well as works by many other artists such as Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Filippo Lippi, Titian and many others.
For many years, the museums of Florence appear at the top list of all museums. The success of these depends not only on the invaluable workpieces, but also on the large number of visitors arriving here annually.
It was Cosimo I de Medici, who originally commissioned the renowned architect Giorgio Vasari for the construction of this complex. The Uffizi Gallery were originally designed to bring together 13 most important Florentine official buildings called as "offices" in one place, just to centralize the power in one place. This is the reason that Uffizi were built next to the Palazzo della Signoria, where were the seat of government of the Medici family.
The central location and the beauty of the architectural structure of the Uffizi made this the perfect place to become the first museum in Europe with possibility to visit it.
The most important people in Europe often frequented Florence, from government officials from other countries to church authorities. Thus, there was an opportunity for them to see the artistic heritage of the Medici family had accumulated over the centuries in one place. Florence concentrated the most important places of the Renaissance for art and culture.
The Uffizi museum in Florence still keeps the artistic heritage of the Medici family. The last descendants of this important Florentine family donated all works and possessions to the city with the requirement that the assets remain intact and owned by Florence. Some of the most important works of the Gallery are: the Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano, the Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello, the Madonna Rucellai by Duccio di Buoninsegna, the Majesty of S. Trìnita del Cimabue, the Giotto Madonna d ' All Saints, the Portraits of the Dukes of Urbino by Piero della Francesca, Portinari Triptych by Hugo van der Goes, Botticelli's Primavera and Venus, Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi, Michelangelo's Tondo Doni, Raphael's Madonna del Cardellino, the Venus of Urbino by Titian, the Bacchus and the Medusa by Caravaggio.
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