Photo: Florence, Italy

October 6th, 2009 by Smithsonian Journeys
A view of Florence's Uffizi Gallery, along the banks of the Arno. Photo: Ben Crochet, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

A view of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, along the banks of the Arno. Photo: Ben Crochet, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Florence is an ideal location for the study of art, whether you’re in high school or looking for new insights a bit later in life. The Uffizi gallery, completed in 1581, was opened to visitors by request shortly thereafter and opened to the public in 1765. It houses many works originally collected by the Medici family; its world-class collection of paintings includes works by Da Vinci, Boticelli, Michelangelo, and Caravaggio, as well as many others.

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