One of the greatest and best-known museums in the world is a must when in Florence. Holding a huge collection of valuable works mostly from the Italian Renaissance, it is presumably the most significant Italian museum.
The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici, the second Duke of Florence, to house administrative offices and the state archive. Over the time, the Medici family filled up the rooms with more and more paintings and sculptures from their private collection and after the house of Medici was extinguished, the house opened to the public as an art gallery.
The long labyrinth of rooms boasts paintings by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Titian or Raphael. One room is also dedicated to other interesting items collected by the Medici family, such as manuscripts or coins.
Buy your tickets online to avoid long lines. You have to pay an extra fee, but it's worth it as you get to spend more time in the gallery.
Last admission 45 min before closing.
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