Exploring Florence: Galleria degli Uffizi
Our focus at The International Kitchen will always be unique culinary vacations and holidays, but we also know that travelers love to explore a country's culture in other ways too. One such spectacular place that we suggest adding to your must-see list when visiting Florece is the Galleria deli Uffizi.
The function of the Uffizi has changed since it was built in 1581 at the request of Granduca Francisco de Medici. It started as a place for bureaucratic meetings and later it held scientific instruments as well as a pharmacy. The display of artwork started in the 17th century with self portraits, and today it's one of the largest collections on display.
Sculptures were added around 1737 when the Medici dynasty ended and the Lorena family renovated the Uffizi. Halls were specifically designed to house beautiful archaeological pieces. Over the years, modern pieces were added to the rooms, including many Botticelli works, such as "The Birth of Venus."
Today, the Galleria degli Uffizi is a treasure trove full of beautiful pieces, and a look into the history of Florence, Italy, and beyond. We can organize a guided visit of the gallery for you -- for more info, please see our one-day classes "Tuscany Tours" section -- since it's never a bad idea to take a couple days before or after one of our culinary vacations, like "A Classic Tuscan Table With Chef Claudio," to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
One of our newest programs, "Women Only Week: Tuscany Olive Harvest," even includes an option to visit the Uffizi Gallery on the last day of the trip. Our Tuscany cooking vacation "Fantasy in Florence" also includes a guided visit of the Florence art museum, or alternatively the Galleria dell'Accademia, where you can see Michaelango's famous David.