The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy is one of the great art treasure houses of the world. Construction began in 1560, and now it is home to thousands of paintings and statues from Renaissance artists like da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. The entire collection ranges from the 1100s to the last century.
If you visit the gallery, expect long lines and waits up to five hours. Or, tour the collection on your iOS device with this universal app called Uffizi Touch, which sells for US$4.99.
Uffizi Touch, which looks great in the iPad's large screen, lets you search by artist, period, room or theme. You can zoom in to see the detail of the paintings and, with a WiFi or 3G connection, get access to 100 megapixel images, the largest version available for these works of art. If you look at a particular image for a moment, all the navigation buttons slowly fade away so as not to interfere with your viewing.