Among the countless attractions of the cultural and artistic heritage of Florence, we also find the best museum in the world, the Uffizi Galleries.
Florence’s most popular and important museum came first in the “20 best Museums and Galleries in the world” ranking, according to British magazine Time Out.
Time Out reporter Sophie Dikinson said: “There are so many dazzling classical works in the Uffizi that some visitors have been taken to hospital due to the overwhelming sensation (Florence is the birthplace of Stendhal syndrome, after all). It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ a thousand times already, nothing prepares you for the real thing. And there are plenty of other spectacular Renaissance paintings to admire, like Caravaggio’s ‘Medusa’ and Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes’“.
Just three months ago, thanks to the “Uffizi diffusi” project, promoted by director Eike Schmidt, the Florentine Galleries were also included in the “World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2021” ranking, published by “Time Magazine”.
In second place on Time Out‘s list is the Louvre in Paris, followed by MoMA (New York); the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul); and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington DC).
In sixth place is the Acropolis Museum (Athens), followed by the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses (Xi’an); State Hermitage (St Petersburg); Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam); and the Tate Modern in London.
The history of the Gallery dates back to the Renaissance period. The building, commissioned by the Duke of Florence Cosimo I de’ Medici, was designed and built between 1560 and 1580 by Giorgio Vasari. The gallery, officially opened to the public in 1765, is famous worldwide for its outstanding collections of ancient sculptures and paintings, from the Middle Ages to the Modern period.
The first place in the ranking was awarded to the Uffizi thanks to its collections of paintings, which include the masterpieces of artists such as Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.