The Uffizi, built for the Grand Duke by Vasari in the XVI century, is one of the oldest and is counted as one of greatest museums in the world. It can boast of paintings by the exquisite Botticelli, Leonardo, creator of sfumato, Michelangelo, the creator of the "terza maniera and Raphael, who died tragically young. Works by Caravaggio and Titian hang here and there is an important collection of Flemish, Dutch and French paintings.
The gallery displays paintings from the Florentine and Sienese XII centuries, the Early and High Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque. It also houses an important collection of ancient sculpture.
The building and the Piazza themselves are themselves of prime importance, as wonderful examples of Mannerism. The Uffizi are still being enlarged and an increasing number of works are leaving the deposits and finding a permanent home here.