Florence, at the heart of the Italian Rennaisance, might seem like an open air museum to most visitors. The piazzas and buildings themselves are a testament of the history of architecture and of past eras. Florence's cathedral, churches and many palaces were designed, built and decorated by many of the most illustrious of artists of the time, from Brunelleschi to Michelangelo, and can be admired freely from the outside. But in order to see another side of Florence, the side the contains most of its treasures, you need to go indoors and visit at least one or two museums while you are here. There you will find the paintings, sculptures and frescoes imagined and created by the greatest minds of all time.
Read full article "State Museums in Florence"
A list of the "state" museums in Florence, to better understand how museums in Florence are organized but also see at a glance which ones are included when special openings occur.
Read full article "Medici Villa Petraia"
Visit the Villa and the beautiful Italian garden that surrounds the villa that used to be the home to the Medicis, the Lorraines and even the king of Italy. This gem is waiting to be discovered, as it off the beaten track and off many itineraries.
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The Palazzo Davanzati is today a museum showcasing how a noble family in medieval times used to live in Florence. Some of the few surprising things to discover are the frescoed rooms, the indoor well that went all the way to the top floor and.... indoor toilets!
Read full article "Chiostro dello Scalzo"
A small jewel among so many others in Florence: a tiny cloister hidden near Piazza San Marco with treasures inside painted by the great Andrea del Sarto.
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The Boboli Gardens are one of the most famous “Italian” gardens in the world, a veritable open air museum spread out on the hills behind the Pitti Palace.
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The museum pass sold in Florence is valid for 72 hours and costs 72 euros. Is it a good deal to see the city's museums with this card or not? Read more to learn what we recommend.
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With fortress like castellations and a 311 foot high bell tower, Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio conveys the message of political power supported by military strength. A beautiful museum today, a must-see in Florence hiding extraordinary treasures!
Read full article "Holiday Museum Hours"
Museums in Florence during the holidays will be open following their normal schedules except on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, with a few places open on the first day of the new year. Continue reading to find out what is open and when.
Read full article "Tour of Uffizi "
Have limited time to visit the Uffizi? Here we propose an itinerary through the museum’s main rooms so you don’t miss any of the most important masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and more!
Read full article "Florence Museums Open on Monday"
So you're visiting Florence on Monday - and you've just learned that the Uffizi and the Accademia are closed on Mondays! Don't despair, there are many other museums in Florence open on Mondays, here is a handy list with opening hours and costs (and keep in mind Uffizi and Accademia are open on Sundays).
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The Uffizi Gallery is one of the world's top art museums - it houses some of the most important works of the Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and Michelangelo. Lots of sculptures too.
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The Accademia houses Michelangelo's David, easily the most famous sculpture in the world. Once inside, you'll also see Michelangelo's unfinished and powerful Prisoners, along with a few works by Perugino, Giambologna, and Botticelli.
Read full article "Medici Chapels"
Mausoleum of the Medici family, the Medici Chapels are a monument to the family’s artistic patronage and grandeur in Florence.
Read full article "The Chapel of the Magi"
The Chapel of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli is why you should visit the majestic Palazzo Medici Riccardi on Via Cavour. It is a small, yet precious jewel that takes visitors back in time to the era of Florence's Rennaissance.
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The Pitti Palace houses important collections of paintings and sculpture, works of art, porcelain, silver and period costumes. The rooms contain works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and many others. The beautiful Boboli Gardens, grand example of Italian Renaissance gardens, are on the hill behind the palace.
Read full article "Opera del Duomo"
There is something very pleasing about the idea of visiting the maintenance section of the huge artistic undertaking that the cathedral complex represents.
Read full article "Bargello"
Primarily a sculpture museum, you'll be treated to early Michelangelo marbles and Giambologna bronzes and then on to a room full of famous works by Donatello, considered by many the greatest sculptor since antiquity.
Read full article "Vasari Corridor"
The famous elevated passageway was built by Vasari in 1565 connecting Palazzo Pitti to Palazzo Vecchio: how it is today, a short history and future plans for the Vasari Corridor that passes over the heads of unsuspecting visitors today.
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The convent of San Marco is dominated by the lovely paintings of Fra Angelico. There is an aura of monastic calm within the building, conducive to appreciating the religious themes depicted.