Explore Tuscany’s largest museum online: the Uffizi Galleries have several tools to explore the masterpieces in their collections. The first via the high resolution HyperVisions feature: thematic explorations such as “in the light of angels” or “views from around the world” are full-on virtual exhibitions, curated especially for the online experience. These are an interesting interpretation of the collection that has a historic, mostly chronological layout that doesn’t allow for this kind of thematic curation in person.
Meanwhile, on the museum’s Instagram, Twitter and newly opened official Gallerie degli Uffizi Facebook page, a constant stream of photos, stories and videos of different artworks, including from Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens are being published with the hashtag #UffiziDecameron. The name of this emergency campaign is inspired by one of the most celebrated masterpieces of Tuscan and Italian literature, the Decameron by Certaldo-born Giovanni Boccaccio. Set in the 14th century, ten Florentine friends escape the plague by retreating to the hills just above Florence and pass ten days by telling ten stories each, making for a total of one hundred often quite licentious tales.