The Uffizi Gallery or Galleria degli Uffizi, undoubtedly at the top of the list of Florence's must-see museums, is jam-packed with masterpieces from the Renaissance, classical sculptures, and prints and drawings. The museum is arranged in 45 rooms along two long corridors, and mostly on the second floor.
Uffizi Gallery Highlights:
Room 2, Tuscan School of the 13th Century and Giotto: the beginnings of Tuscan art are represented here, with paintings by Giotto, Cimabue, and Duccio di Boninsegna.
Room 7, Early Renaissance: Art works from the beginning of the Renaissance by Fra Angelico, Paolo Uccello, and Masaccio.
Room 8, Lippi Room: This room contains paintings by Filippo Lippi, including a beautiful "Madonna and Child," and Piero della Francesco's painting of Federico da Montefeltro, a truly iconic work of portraiture.
Rooms 10-14, Botticelli: Here are some of the most iconic allegorical works of the Italian Renaissance from Sandro Botticelli, including "The Birth of Venus."
Room 15, Leonardo da Vinci: This room is dedicated to the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and to artists who inspired (Verocchio) or admired (Luca Signorelli, Lorenzo di Credi, Perugino) him.
Room 25, Michelangelo: Michelangelo's "Holy Family" ("Doni Tondo"), a round composition, is the focus of this room, and it is surrounded by Mannerist paintings from Ghirlandaio, Fra Bartolomeo, and others. (Travel tip: Michelangelo's most famous work in Florence, the "David" sculpture, is located in the Accademia.)
Room 26, Raphael and Andrea del Sarto: Approximately seven works by Rapahel and four works by Andrea del Sarto hang in this room. Well-known Raphael works include his portraits of Popes Julius II and Leo X and "Madonna of the Goldfinch," while "Madonna of the Harpies" is a must-see by Andrea del Sarto.
Room 28, Titian: This room is dedicated to Venetian painting, particularly that of Titian, whose "Venus of Urbino" is the highlight among approximately one dozen of the artist's paintings here.
West Hallway, Sculpture Collection: Numerous marble sculptures line the hallway of the Uffizi, but Baccio Bandinelli's "Laocoon," modeled after a Hellenistic work, is perhaps the best known of the collection.
Room 4 (First Floor), Caravaggio: Three of Caravaggio's most famous paintings are in this room: "The Sacrifice of Isaac," "Bacchus," and "Medusa." Two other paintings from the School of Caravaggio depict the dramatic topics of "Judith Slaying Holofernes" (Artemisia Gentileschi) and "Salome with the Head of John the Baptist" (Battistello).
In addition to the outstanding artworks listed above, the Galleria degli Uffizi also contains works by Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Bellini, Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, and countless other greats of Italian and international Renaissance art.