The greats of Western art come to life in the 16th century building designed by Giorgio Vasari that stands next to Piazza della Signoria on the banks of the Arno river. The Uffizi Gallery was opened and originally owned by the Medici family, and eventually gifted to the city of Florence by Anna Maria Luisa, the family's last direct heiress. Since opening to the public, the Uffizi has become one of the most visited art museums in the world, housing artworks from the likes of Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, Caravaggio, Valasquez and Rembrandt. The museum's collection, which includes the largest volume of pre-19th-century works by female artists, has increasingly showcased works painted by women, following a 2015 meeting between the museum's director and Guerilla Girls art collective. Because of the amazing quality of the works housed here, this collection is perfect for both newbies and connoisseurs to enjoy a world-class art experience.