A CLOSE-UP: UFFIZI AND ACCADEMIA GUIDED TOUR
Let’s jump the queue and go to the Uffizi Gallery, the oldest gallery in the world, and to the Accademia Gallery: we will visit the most famous museums in Florence just in one day!
In 1560 the Gran Duque Cosimo I de’Medici commissioned to the architect Giorgio Vasari a magnificent building to house the administrative offices of Florence and represent a modern bureaucracy. Soon the Uffizi were chosen to house the Medici collections and in the 17th century it was already possible to visit the gallery with a special permit issued by the Grand Duke. With the Uffizi Guided Tour, we will see all the famous works we have studied at school and always known by name: the Ognissanti Madonna by Giotto, the Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano, the Primavera by Botticelli, the Doni Tondo by Michelangelo, The Annunciation by Leonardo, the Venus by Urbino by Raffaello, and many many more. Thanks to these beautiful masterpieces, we will travel back to the past and find out the life style of Florence in the Renaissance: fashion, anecdotes, love affairs of the artists and the patronage of the Medici. All with an official guide of Florence.
In the Accademia Gallery we will marvel at Michelangelo’s sculptures. The most famous one is David, done bythe Maestro when he was just 26 years old. The perfection of the human body, the carved veins and muscles, the threatening eyes, the force and the intensity of his gesture, David is not just a piece of marble! But also the so-called Prisoners by Michelangelo, not-finished, still entrapped in their prison of marbler, waiting for the artist to set them free. In the Accademia Gallery we will also see the Musical Instruments Museum, huosing three Stradivari violins, and also the plaster casts museum, because we don’t have to forget that the Gallery was born to be the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, where the students learnt from their teachers how to model a plaster cast before of carving the marble.