The Uffizi Gallery
The Uffizi Palace is one of the most loved monuments of Florence.
An architectural work of great importance, that shelters masterpieces of inestimable value.
Comissioned by Cosimo I, it was designed by Giorgio Vasari around the middle of the 16th century.
In order to realize the project, Vasari had some of the buildings surrounding the area demolished.
In 1993 the Palace was involved in the bombing attack at the Accademia dei Gergofili undergoing damages
and loses of inestimable value; another act of vandalism against a patrimony of the world that managed to
resist and to win returning, after a long restoration work, to its original splendour.
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
Opening: Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 to 18.50
Closure: Monday, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st
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Colosseum and Palatine
The Colosseum is probably the most famous monument in the world: this elliptical colossal construction, with a height of 48mt, has impressed and fascinated men of all Ages. It was begun under Vespasian, as a symbol of the grandeur of the Roman Empire, and inaugurated by the Emperor Titus in the year 80 AD.
The popular name of Colosseum is due to a colossal statue of Nero once situated next to the arena. The original name of this ancient Roman sports arena, the largest arena of its kind, is The Amphitheatrum Flavium. The seat was in part drawn from the antique building that once belonged to the hospital of S.Matteo, which was adjoined by other contiguous environments of the old convent of San Niccolò in Cafaggio.
The Palatine Hill is located between the Roman Forum, the Velabrum and the Circus Maximus. It is one of the seven hills of Rome, and probably the site of the first settlements of the city. Roman mythology indicates the western side of the Palatine Hill as the site of the dwelling of Romulus, and where the cave where Romulus and Remus were supposed to have been raised by the she-wolf.
Colosseum (Piazza del Colosseo)
Palatine (Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53)
Monday: 09:00 - 14:00
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Venice Accademia Galleries
The Accademia Galleries are an important collection of venetian patinings from Century 14th to 18th, including masterpieces of the most famous masters like Bellini, Giorgione, Carpaccio, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese and Tiepolo.
After the suppression of religious congregations and public venetian magistratures, and enormous quantity of art works was confiscated. A selection of masterpieces was sent to the seat of the central power in Paris to be shown in the Louvre Museum.
The link between the Academy Galleries and Venice is very deep: rooms keep many works from churches, schools and public magistratures that help the public to understand the solutions created by a painter for a specific destination and meaning of a painting. In some cases, the shown works are the only testimony remained from churches destroyed in the Napoleon period, and some of the most famous paintings of private houses form part of the collections thanks to the generosity of private collectors.
Monday: 08:15 - 14:00
Tuesday to Saturday: 09:00 - 22:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 20:00
Closure: December 25th, January 1st and May 1st
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Pinacoteca di Brera
The Pinacoteca di Brera is located in the Brera Palace, ancient convent of the Umiliati order from the 1300. Here are also located other cultural institutions, as the Library, the Astronomic Observatory, the Botanic garden, the Lombard Institute of Sciences and Letters, and the Fine Arts Academy.
The Pinacoteca is the main museum of Milan, and one of the most important of the world for its prestigious collections of ancient and modern painting. Collections come from the concentration in this building of painting required to churches and convents during Napoleon government. As in Venice and Bologna, this art gallery had specific didactic purposes under Fine Arts Gallery direction. Within a few years, collections got enriched allowing the exhibition of a series of portraits and self-portraits in four room of the first floor, and some works that became later the symbol of the museum: Sposalizio della Vergine by Raffaello; Madonna col Bambino by Gentile Bellini, and Crocefissione by Bramantino.
When Milan became capital of Italy Kingdom, some of the most important paintings required in Italy came to Brera; most of them arrived from Veneto, from the Sampieri Gallery in Bologna, and from the Quadreria Vescovile in Milan. In 1813, thanks to a pact with the Louvre Museum, Brera got 5 paintings by Rubens, Joardens, Van Dyck and Rembrandt, to represent the flemish school of the XVII century.
Pinacoteca di Brera
Via Brera, 28
From Monday to Sunday 08:30 - 18:15
Closure: Monday, December 31st, January 1st and May 1st
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