I got up at 6:30 this morning so I could queue up early at the Uffizi Gallery. I was there about 7:15am, an hour before the gallery opened and there were only a few people in the queue. The Uffizi was officially opened in 1765 and was one of the first modern museums, (i.e. systematically organised for viewing), in the world. It has about 100 rooms of paintings spread over two floors and when I arrived, I took the advice I had read online, and went to the rooms which had the most important works in the collection: where there were paintings by Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Titian, Rivera, and Giotto. It’s a stunning collection with the best Renaissance art in one location.
Afterwards, I walked back through all the other rooms to view the rest of the paintings and sculpture and it was like swimming against the tide because by this time the crowds and groups had arrived. I was finished by around 11am having had a thoroughly enjoyable 3-hour breakfast of art.
Then it was back through the streets again, photographing the architecture and the street scenes as I went.