The Uffizi has its roots in 1560, when Cosimo I de ‘Medici commissioned Giorgio Vasari, an Italian painter, architect, writer, and historian, a project for the construction of a large building to house the administrative and judicial offices (office, work, was translated as ‘uffizio’ in Italian, hence ‘Uffizi”) of the Florentine State.
Thanks to Vasari himself, five years after the Uffizi, the extraordinary tunnel today known as Vasari’s Corridor was built, passing over Ponte Vecchio and the Santa Felicita church, connecting the Uffizi to the new Medici residence of Pitti Palace and ending in the Boboli Gardens.
The De’Medici family had always possessed outstanding private Art Collections, and this marvellous tradition outreaches its most powerful moment with Francesco I, the second Grand Duke of Tuscany, who built a little octagonal heart-shaped space inside the gallery that could contain all the best of such collections. To date, Uffizi houses a huge artistic heritage, including thousands of pictures ranging from medieval to modern times, a large number of ancient sculptures and miniatures, cameos, books, paintings, coins, armors, all archived and structured 1769 by Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine. Leopold II was the penultimate Holy Roman Emperor from 1790 to 1792 and Grand-duke of Tuscany.
We owe to Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine the actual opening to of the Uffizi Gallery the public in that very same year. We follow such incredible heritage and florentine population’s steps with this two hours tour lead by a specialized guide with great knowledge of this particular artistic side of Florentine history, and will allow participants to stop by the panoramic museum terrace.
- Tickets Included
- Visit of the Uffizi Gallery
- Private Tour for small groups
- Meeting from an agreed meeting point or from your hotel
- Professional guide
- Return to an agreed meeting point or to your hotel
- About 2 hours tour
- Languages: Italian, English and Spanish + French on request