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Museums in Florence

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.

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The Magnificent Uffizi Gallery

One of the world's top art museums, the Uffizi Gallery houses some of the most important works of the Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli and Michelangelo and a large collection of Greek and Roman sculptures.

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The Accademia Gallery

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 works by Perugino, Giambologna, Botticelli and Alessandro Allori.

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Santa Maria Novella Church

The decorative marble facade of Tuscany's most important Gothic church incorporates billowing sails and ostrich feathers (emblem of the Medici). The church houses immense artistic treasures, donated by wealthy patrons, many with chapels named after them.

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The Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine

The Brancacci Chapel marks the start of the Renaissance, with Masaccio's frescoes expressing the power and brilliance that inspired the Florentine painters of the 15th century.

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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 Palazzo Vecchio Museum and Tower

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!

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What to see at the Uffizi: Itinerary of the Museum’s Masterpieces

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!

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Book Museum Tickets in Florence

Florence attracts millions of visitors every year, and you'll often have to stand in line for hours before entering the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia. Don't waste time: book your tickets in advance!

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The 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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Pitti Palace: Palatine Gallery & Royal Apartments

An impressive collection comprising works by Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Pietro da Cortona and other Italian and European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, plus the Royal Apartments, the magnificent rooms which were the home of the Medici and Lorraine families and, from 1865, of the king of Italy.

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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.

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Seeing Florentine Medieval Life at the Palazzo Davanzati

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!

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The Network of City Museums in Florence

Here's a list of the “city” museums in Florence, with address and hours, which should help you have everything on hand when deciding where to go next as you visit the city.

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Should I buy the Firenze Card?

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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Chiostro dello Scalzo, The Silent Sound of Beauty

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 beautiful Boboli Gardens behind Palazzo Pitti

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 Marino Marini Museum & the Rucellai Sepulchre

This special space dedicated to the contemporary artist Marino Marini creates a surprising yet pleasant contrast with the historic backdrop of the ex-chuch of San Pancrazio and the highly praised work of Leon Battista Alberti. A visit will have you comparing past and present in an inviting and luminous atmosphere.

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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.

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The Medici Villa della Petraia: A Jewel Waiting to be Discovered

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 Leonardo da Vinci Museum

The museum, located a block off the Duomo, offers real-size reconstructions of some of Leonardo da Vinci's most impressive designs from his notebooks, including machines of war, machines of civil utility and flying machines in his search of making man take flight. A visit to this museum is a special occasion to journey back in time to learn more about the life and mind of the genius from Vinci.

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The Medici Chapels

Mausoleum of the Medici family, the Medici Chapels are a monument to the family’s artistic patronage and grandeur in Florence.

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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.

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The Chapel of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli

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 Bargello Museum

Primarily a sculpture museum, you'll be treated to early Michelangelo marbles and Giambologna bronzes and Cellini works then on to a room full of famous works by Donatello, considered by many the greatest sculptor since antiquity. The museum houses more than sculpture, it is definitely a museum worth exploring!

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5 Museums to Visit With the Family

Florence is already an open-air museum, but there are also museums that offer children of all ages the chance to enjoy a bit of art and culture, with activities appropriate to their age. Here are 5 family-friendly museums we suggest you add to your itinerary when visiting Florence with your kids.

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The Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

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.

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San Marco Museum

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.

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Tour the Vasari Corridor

The only way to visit the Vasari Corridor is through a private tour - book your tour now, whether with guided tour of the Uffizi or with lunch, there are several options to get into the "secret" corridor of the Medici and travel over the heads of people below just as the ruling family of Florence did centuries ago!

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Last Supper at Convitto della Calza

Strong emotions are transmitted with colors, perspective and skill.  The Last Supper commissioned for this once hospital, now is the focus of contemplation by visitors to this modern conference center by Porta Romana.

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The Last Supper of San Salvi

Saved by chance and then hidden for years, this moving "Last Supper" shows deep emotion. Located on the outer edges of Florence, you will find several good reasons to make the short trek to find this masterpiece also known as the Last Supper by Andrea del Sarto.

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The Last Supper in Santa Croce

One of Giotto’s most talented followers, Taddeo Gaddi dedicated thirty years to the decoration of the refectory of Santa Croce (between 1334 and 1366), which even if devastated during the 1966 flood of Florence, still allows us to appreciate Gaddi's talent.

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Inside the Stefano Bardini Museum

Not your everyday museum. Stefano Bardini legacy to Florence is an eclectic collection of art, sculpture, tapestries, armory, ceilings and many unusual yet beautiful items. Spend an hour or two wandering among fragments of Florence, Rome, Venice and more

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