One of the most famous museums of paintings and sculpture in the world. Second only to the Vatican Museums, houses Italy’s most famous collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings comprises several universally acclaimed masterpieces of all times, to cite a few: Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio.
The Gallery was created by Grand-duke Francesco I and subsequently enriched by various members of the Medici family. It’s a U shaped building erected by Giorgio Vasari between 1560 and 1580 to house the administrative offices near the Palazzo Vecchio where the Duke lived and ruled the City and to which they are linked by an aerial passageway.
The collection was rearranged and enlarged by the Lorraine Grand-dukes, who succeeded the Medici, and finally by the Italian State.