The Uffizi Gallery is considered one of the most important museums in Italy as it holds several famous works from the Italian Renaissance. In high season, it is so popular that it can take even up to five hours to gain entry into the Gallery. The name of the gallery comes from the word ‘offices’ and it was originally built for Cosimo I de’Medici for the Florentine Magistrates in 1560. Over the years it became the place for the Medici family to exhibit works of art which they had commissioned and had collected over the years. It was opened to the public in 1765.