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Photo Friday: The Uffizi Gallery
Ciao educational travelers!
For today’s photo, I wanted to share with y’all one of the most incredible museums in one of my most favorite cities, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Designed by Giorgio Vasari for Cosimo I de Medici in 1560, the Uffizi Gallery was not intended to be a museum that millions would eventually lay eyes on. It was created to house the magistrates, the seats of the Florentine guilds, a theatre, and the judiciary offices. However, that all changed and is now one of the most visited museums in all of Italy!
Inside students and teachers will find stunning frescoed ceilings and long corridors that unfold before you and taper off into rooms that hold some of the most extraordinary works of art just waiting to be discovered on your student tour. Educators and their students will find such works of art as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, Caravaggio’s Bacchus, Filippino Lippi’s Madonna and Child with Two Angels, and other priceless pieces by Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. The gallery is laid out in chronological order ranging from the 13th to the 18th centuries.
One of the more interesting parts of the building that is quite remarkable is that of the Vasari Corridor. Built in 1565 for Cosimo’s son at the time of his marriage, the corridor is a raised passageway that connects Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti. The corridor was extremely useful in that it allowed the Medici’s to move freely between their private residence and the seat of government without an escort and without walking among the commoners on the streets below. If you’re interested in visiting the Vasari Corridor on your educational student tour, EA Tours would be happy to schedule that for you.
A visit to the Uffizi Gallery is a highlight on any student tour to Florence. I encourage you to come back on Monday when I share with you my brother’s post on why you should explore this Italian treasure that’s in the heart of Tuscany and at the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Have a great weekend,