Ideally you'd have a whole day to appreciate the world’s foremost collection of Renaissance paintings, housed in the 16th-century headquarters of the Medici court. But for those with less time, highlights include the three great Maestà altarpieces in Room 2, Gentile da Fabriano’s glowing Adoration of the Magi (Rooms 5-6), Piero della Francesca’s Duke and Duchess of Urbino (Room 7), Filippo Lippi’s ethereal Madonna and Child with Two Angels (Room 8) and the celebrated Botticellis in Rooms 10-14. Advance booking is advised.
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Hallowed Halls of the Uffizi
My mother is a classical artist and for more than 30 years I've been inundated with images of paintings by the greats like Raphael, DaVinci, Botticelli, and Caravaggio. So walking the hallowed halls of one of the greatest collections of art in the world, the Uffizi in Florence, has always been on my bucket list. No trip to Tuscany would have been complete without it.
Luckily, it lives up to the hype and then some. Though the Uffizi isn't as large as the Louvre in Paris or the MET in New York City -- what it lacks in size, it makes up for in quality. The best of Italian art, both on canvas and sculpted in marble, is on display in a space that is historical, classical and also modern thanks to a newer addition.
Visit Uffizi with 'Walks of Italy' and you can avoid the excruciatingly long queue that can form for entrance. You'll also get an insider's understanding of a gallery that's been around since 1591.