The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most evocative and visited places in the world. Located in the heart of the historic center of Florence, the long queues that every day precede the access to the Gallery do not discourage the millions of tourists who then have the privilege of accessing it. The work, begun in 1560 by Giorgio Vasari, estimates over 10,000 visitors a day. These numbers were not foreseen and predictable at the time of conception. In fact, the Uffizi were designed to house offices, a theater and spaces absolutely private and strictly guarded by the Medici Grand Dukes.
The Gallery collects the works that over the years had gone to form the private collection of the Medici family. The concept of collecting “meraviglie d’ogni sorta” (wonders of all kinds) triumphs with Francesco I, who wanted to build a small octagonal heart inside the Gallery that could accommodate them: the Tribune, opened in 1584. Sculptures, cameos, books, paintings, coins, armour, a potpurri of elements reorganised only in 1769 with Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine, who also reopened the Gallery to the public.
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