The Gallery occupies the entire first and second floor of the large building, built between 1560 and 1580, designed by Giorgio Vasari. It is one of the most famous museums in the world for its extraordinary collections of ancient sculptures and paintings (from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age).
The collection of paintings contains some absolute masterpieces of Italian art. The works of many world-renowned Italian artists from the fourteenth Century and the Renaissance such as Giotto, Simone Martini, Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo, Raffaello , Michelangelo and Caravaggio can be admired in the Uffizi.
Masterpieces of European art, especially German, Dutch and Flemish are also exposed.
No less important in the panorama of Italian art is the Medici Family’s collection of antique statues and busts. The collection graces the corridors of the Gallery and includes ancient Roman sculptures, copies of lost Greek originals.