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Galleria degli Uffizi
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous art galleries in the world. Originally the building, constructed at the end of the 16th century, was the offices ("Uffizi") of the Florence magistrates. The Medici used it to store and display the art works they bought or commissioned and it was opened to the public as early as 1765. Today the Gallery occupies the first floor but many works are in storage or have been given to other galleries in the city. Plans are underway to extend the available space. Many of the great works of the Italian Renaissance can be seen here, including paintings by Cimabue, Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Titian, Uccello, Piero della Francesca, Raphael. Artists from other countries are also represented: Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens. The beauty of the building itself should not be ignored, with its long perspective between the two wings leading from the Piazza della Signoria down to the Arno, and the frescoed internal decoration. Queues to get in can be exceptionally long in the main tourist season, and visitors are advised to consider booking on-line in advance. Details of this and opening times are on the website.
Cette bâtisse est l'une des plus anciennes basiliques franciscaines et, par ses dimensions, l'une des plus grandioses. Fondée en 1294, elle a vu son patrimoine artistique s'enrichir peu à peu, grâce à des dons et c'est aujourd'hui un des lieux les plus visités et appréciés de Florence. La chapelle est actuellement en cours de restauration et des visites guidées y sont organisées. Les horaires ainsi que les différents tarifs sont consultables sur le site , en langue italienne ou anglaise.