An architectural work of art, sheltering masterpieces of inestimable value, the Uffizi Palace is one of the most admired monuments of Florence.
The Palace was designed by Giorgio Vasari around the middle of the 16th century after being commissioned by Cosimo I. Sadly, some of the surrounding buildings including the church of San Pier Scheraggio neede to be demolished to make space for the realization of this project. The Palace was built with the intention of hosting the thirteen administrative Uffizi, meaning judicial magistrate, and therefore is derived its name. When Vasari died, before the completion of the Palace, the job was given to Buontalenti and Alfonso Parigi. A large corridor with six high arched windows overlooking the courtyard and the Arno conjoins the two bodies of the building which are parallel.
In the portico which runs along the whole length of the Palace and sustained by pillars, you can find statues of famous Florentines in all the niches representing the time period from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century.
The Uffizi Gallery, the famous museum hosted inside the Palace is one of the most admired and visited museums in the world housing great works of art and history from the 13th to the 18th centuries. In 1993 the Accademia dei Georgofili in the Palazzo was involved in a terrorist bombing attack undergoing damage and losses of inestimable value. After long hours of work on restoration, the Palazzo was returned to its original splendor.