The construction of the palace was initiated in 1560 by Giorgio Vasari for the offices for the Florentine magistrates therefore the name "uffizi" stands for "offices". Construction stretched till 1581 and during this period it was crafted by Vasari and design by Bernardo Buontalenti and Alfonso Parigi. The cortile (internal courtyard) is very long and narrow, and it opens to the Arno River at its far end facilitating a Doric Screen that distinct without hindering it, that architectural researchers consider it as the first regularized streets of Europe. Vasari, a well known painter along with an architect, focused the requisite length by the comparing facades' continuous roof cornices, and intact cornices between storeys and the three consecutive steps on which the palace-fronts are erected. The recesses in the wharf that alternate with columns were packed with sculptures of popular artists in the 19th century.
The Uffizi Gallery is a museum situated in Florence, Italy. It is one of the ancient and most popular art museums in the Western Countries.
The Palazzo degli Uffizi gallery brought under single roof the administrative branches, the state archive (Archivio di Stato) and the Tribunal. The project that was designed by Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany to manage that fine works of art in the Medici collections on the piano nobile was influenced by Francis I of Tuscany, who deputed by Buontalenti the famous Tribuna degli Uffizi that combined the pieces of the unique masterpieces in the collection in a group that was a big attraction of the Grand Tour.
Over the years, other parts of the palace underwent into a display place for several of the paintings and sculpture assembled by the Medici family or deputed by them. As established by Vasari; who was the architect of the Uffizi and has also penned Lives of Artists, published in 1550 and 1568; artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo visited the Uffizi "for beauty, for work and for recreation."
After the house of Medici was destroyed, the art treasures was retained in Florence by condition of the famous Patto di famiglia and negotiated by Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici heiress; and was transformed into the first modern museums. The gallery is open to visitors and tourists on request from the sixteenth century, and in the year 1765 public was also welcomed by this gallery.
In 1993, a car bomb went off in Via dei Georgofili destroying the palace partially and killing five people. The most serious damage was to the Niobe room, the ancient sculptures and neoclassical decors of which have been restored, although wall paintings were destroyed beyond repair. The bomber or bombers are still unknown, nevertheless the suspicion points to the the Sicilian Mafia who were involved in a period of terrorism at that span of time.
In early August 2007, Florence was engulfed under a large rainstorm, and the Gallery was partially inundated with water leaking through the wall and ceiling, and the visitors had to be prohibited to visit. There was a much more comprehensive flood in 1966 which destroyed a prominent part of art collections in Florence, encompassing the Uffizi.
Because of its great collection, some of its collections have been transferred to other museums in Florence — for instance, some popular statues are now the pride of Bargello. A project at present is in underway to expand the exhibition space of the museum in 2006 from some 6,000 metres² (64,000 ft²) to nearly 13,000 metres² (139,000 ft²), enabling public to view some of the artworks which have been in storage for long.
Today, the Uffizi is one of the most attractive tourist spots of Florence. In peak season (specifically in July), waiting periods can be up to five hours. Visitors with reserved ticket may face considerable shorter wait.
Italy has a temperate climate with variations in different regions. In summer the Northern parts of Italy are hot with frequent rainfall, the central part is somewhat filled with humidity and the southern locations faces dry heat. In winter, conditions in Turin, Milan, and Venice are ruled by damp, cold, and fog and Tuscany's temperatures in winter season touches freezing points, while temperatures in the south of the Italy are more pleasant nearly 50-60°F (10-20°C). Majority of people visit Italy between June and August, nonetheless the ideal time to visit Italy is in Spring (April-May) and Autumn (September-October) when the weather is favorable and the tourists are less in number. The temperature of sea water is pleasant for swimming between June and September. Most Italians go on vacation in August and many shops and restaurants are closed during this period. The ski season is open between December and April.
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