A trip to Florence's renowned Uffizi Gallery is much like revisiting the Renaissance. With works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, Rembrandt, and Titian, you're going to find artistic genius around every corner. This is especially true in the eight new rooms dedicated to Caravaggio, which showcase the temperamental artist's vividly emotional approach to art.
Your Renaissance odyssey begins with earlier Byzantine artists like Cimabue, continues through exemplars like Da Vinci and Raphael, and builds towards the Baroque movement with masterpieces by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and more.
As you go deeper, you'll notice a sea change in styles; from the masculine Madonna of Giotto to Filippo Lippi's more delicate version. Lippi's presence extends to other artworks, too. He taught Botticelli – whose Birth of Venus and Primavera are among the globally famous highlights at the Uffizi.
Other coveted works include Leonardo da Vinci's incomplete but riveting Adoration of the Magi, Michelangelo's Doni Tondo (the Florentines loved circular paintings), and Raphael's intimate portrait of two Medici men, Pope Leo X and his cousin who would become Pope Clement VII.
Because it's a treasure trove of Renaissance masterpieces, tickets for the Uffizi go quickly. Fortunately, these tickets not only get you in, but also give you priority entrance! Dive straight into the Renaissance.
Make sure to visit the Loggia dei Lanzi – a gallery-style walkway in Piazza della Signoria. This is a free, open-air museum that's part of the Uffizi. It's home to original Renaissance sculptures like Perseus with the Head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini and The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna. It's often overlooked, and it's crazy to think of all these priceless statues being left outside!
Tickets for Uffizi Gallery: Priority Entrance