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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!

Uffizi Gallery | Antony Gormley, Essere

When: till May 26th, 2019

Where: Uffizi Gallery, Aula Magliabechiana (ground floor)

The exhibition brings together 15 works by Antony Gormley, made of different materials and scales, that explore the body in space and the body as space. Twelve sculptures are on display in the Aula Magliabechiana, the expansive new ground floor gallery, two further works are placed in the context of the historic collection and another is installed on the terrace of the Uffizi.

Read more about the exhibition - and our favorites works - on our blog post here.

Palazzo Vecchio | Leandro & Firenze

When: till June 24th, 2019

Where: Palazzo Vecchio, Sala dei Gigli

Leonardo da Vinci and Florence exhibiting the select sheets from the Codice Atlantico. Leonardo da Vinci died 500 hundred years ago in the castle of Clos-Lucé in France. Although he had been away from Florence for ten years, he felt a close attachment to his city until the end. All his life he called himself a ‘Florentine painter’: in his will, he indicated that he wished to be buried at the ‘church of Saint-Florentin of Amboise’; the year before his death, he dedicated one of his last writings to the menagerie of lions behind the Palazzo Vecchio. The page on the symbolic animal of Florence testifies to a still vivid memory and bears the significant date of 24 June 1518, the day of the city’s patron saint. It is in the name of this connection that the city now renders him homage with the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and Florence: Selected Pages from the Codex Atlanticus. On display at the Palazzo Vecchio – still today the most representative site of the city, as it was in the artist’s time – are twelve handwritten folios by Leonardo, from the esteemed Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

For more information check the Official website


When: till 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: till 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.

Opificio delle Pietre Dure | Il Novecento

When: from 12/11/18 to 05/04/19

Where: Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Via Alfani 78

Entrance: € 4, open from Monday to Saturday 8.15am-2pm

On display are panels in hard and soft stone made by young Florentine artists who took part in a competition in 1953. The event was designed to relaunch the technique of working with stone to create paintings, a truly unique craft to Florence (commesso fiorentino). Their masterpieces were successful in sparking an interest in the contemporary way the ancient tradition of the workshop now worked. These workshops date back to Ferdinando I de' Medici's reign in 1588.

The small exhibition allows the visitor to explore the techniques used by the workshop in creating all of its work.

Author: Lourdes Flores

I'm from California but have called Florence my home for over a decade. I love to explore Italy; it is a lot of fun to try to see everything like I'm seeing it for the first time, keeping you, our readers, always in mind. I enjoy sharing what I know and helping others as they make their travel plans for Tuscany through our Forum. If you have itinerary-related questions, please post them there!


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