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Exhibitions in Florence

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Monuments aren’t the only reason to visit Florence, there is also a great and ever-changing selection of temporary exhibits across the city, at major museums, private museums, and galleries.

Of course, Florence isn't the only place in Tuscany that features interesting exhibits of art, archeology, and design! Check out Pistoia, Siena, Empoli, Lucca, Pisa and more. Check our calendar for exhibits throughout Tuscany for 2019 that you won't want to miss while touring the region.

Combine the fabulous art of Florence with a program of events and activities that will help introduce you to this wonderful city, click the month below to stay updated on the latest news.


Below are the highlights of some of the exciting shows available to the public in Florence, be sure to include at least one in your itinerary!

Author's Note: This article was last updated on June 4, 2019, to make sure we're giving you up-to-date info, if the dates have not yet been announced then we indicate TBA (to be announced). If they have not yet been posted keep checking in with us...or better yet, write us on the Forum


When: until July 14th, 2019

Where: Palazzo Strozzi and National Museum of the Bargello

First ever retrospective dedicated to one of the symbols of the Renaissance, Andrea del Verrocchio, who was Leonardo da Vinci's master. The exhibit has over 120 works showcasing masterpieces by Verrocchio and of other artists of the era, including works by Leonardo da Vinci (with 5 works, some in Italy for the first time ever), Desiderio da Settignano, Domenico del Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Bartolomeo della Gatta and Lorenzo di Credi.

As part of the exhibit, the National Museum of the Bargello is also hosting a special section dedicated to Verrocchio.

The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, and drawings, with many on loan from over 70 international museums and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, and from the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence.

Read more about the exhibition and see photos of our visit on our blog post here

Palazzo Vecchio | Il ritorno di Giuseppe principe dei sogni

When: until August 29th, 2019

Where: Palazzo Vecchio

Twenty hand-woven tapestries from the Medici collection will be exhibited in rotation: 5 tapestries at a time. The series of twenty tapestries telling the “Stories of Joseph”, made in Florence in the sixteenth century, 1545-1553, for Cosimo I de’ Medici, represents one of the highest examples of Renaissance art and craftsmanship. Before entering the Sala dei Duecento, the visitors can watch a docufilm with high definition images to delve deeper into the contents and stories of the Medici tapestries. In the center of the room, with four state-of-the-art multimedia screens, the visitors can immerse themselves into the details of the work, thanks to innovative solutions for an interactive experience: through the touch screen, one can select a single tapestry to see its details and get further information.

For more information check the Official website.

Florence | 500 years of Cosimo I & Caterina de’ Medici

There will be many activities, many of which are conferences and studies in the Italian language but there are a few fun events and exhibitions that you can explore. The Grand Duke will also be honoured with a series of exhibitions at the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum and the Laurentian Library, among others, while the Queen of France will be commemorated with her own exhibitions and events, including those at the French Institute and Palazzo Medici Riccardi and by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentina, which will host a Baroque concert.

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art shows and events in Florence Italy 2019

Uffizi Gallery | I cento Lanzi del Principe

When: until September 29th, 2019

Where: Sala di Levante

The impact of this militia on Florence was impressionable and you can explore all this about the Medici guards from their beginning under Cosimo I to the end of the Medici line in the 1700s through prints, drawings, and arms.

Palazzo Pitti | A Woven Biography. Tapestries in Honour of Cosimo I

When: till September 29th, 2019

Where: Sala Bianca &Sala delle Nicchie

Enjoy a beautiful display of a series of Medici tapestries made for the Duke under the direction of Pietro Févère, head of the Grand Ducal tapestry factory.

Palazzo Pitti | Il Villano e la sua botticella. Entertainment in the New Garden

When: till September 29th, 2019

Where: Sala delle Nicchie

A demonstration of the Villano sculpture in the Boboli Gardens, likely the first one made for the park.

Boboli Gardens | Building a Masterpiece: Trajan's Column

Art shows and ehibits in Florence Italy 2019

When: from June 18th to October 6th, 2019

Where: Boboli Gardens, Limonaia Grande

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:15 am till 6:30 pm ( May September & October) 8:15 am till 7:30 pm (June, July, August); Closed the first and last Monday of the month

The exhibition allows visitors to track the journey of the huge marble blocks that make up the column from the quarries in Luni at an altitude of 800 metres to the Portus Romae – a voyage of some 200 nautical miles – and from there up the Tiber to the heart of the imperial capital. Designed to celebrate Emperor Trajan's military victories in Dacia, the column is also a monument to the technological and building skills of the Roman world.


Boboli Gardens | Tony Cragg a Boboli

Art shows and exhibits in Florence Italy 2019

When: from May 5th to October 27th, 2019

Where: Boboli Gardens, Piazza Pitti 1

Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:15 am till 6:30 pm ( May September & October) 8:15 am till 7:30 pm (June, July, August); Closed the first and last Monday of the month

This lovely exhibition in the amazing setting, an oasis in the historic center, presents sixteen works by the English master, one of the most famous and acclaimed exponents of contemporary sculpture, scattered in the most suggestive places of the garden, to tell the last twenty years of the artist's work, from 1997 to today.

Eike Schmidt, the director of these memorable museums and gardens tells us, “The Boboli Gardens, with its natural wonders, ancient works of art and its highly rational structure, is the perfect theater for this exhibition. In fact, the theme of sculpture in the park, central to the artist's poetry, necessarily includes forms inspired by nature and its mysterious strength, which Cragg creates to elicit a strong reaction from the observer, whether of pure emotion or intellectual interpretation ".

Author: Lourdes Flores

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