100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Galleria degli Uffizi

Location: Firenze, Italy

Mentioned in both Henry James novels and Phish lyrics, the Uffizi has captured imaginations with its narrow courtyards and famous collections. Every good painting that has ever become a bad caricature is in the Uffizi, including Botticelli's Birth of Venus, Titian's Venus of Urbino, and Da Vinci's Annunciation. Over the years, this museum survived a car-bombing and a major flood, becoming one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. An unromantic tip for your romantic visit: Buy your tickets in advance, lines can be long.

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