Museums in Florence

Michelangelo, David (1504) at Accademia Gallery in Florence

Accademia Gallery

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The Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell’Accademia) was founded in 1784 together with the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti). The Gallery displayed the artworks that belonged to the Academy, which also served as study objects for the art students. The Academy and the Gallery … [read more]

Courtyard of the Bargello National Museum, Florence (photo between 1890 and 1900)

Bargello National Museum

The Bargello National Museum in Florence (Museo Nazionale del Bargello) holds the largest collection of Gothic and Renaissance sculptures in Italy. The museum is housed in one of the oldest public buildings in Florence, the Palazzo del Podestà. Its construction began in 1255 and it … [read more]

Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Gardens, Florence

Boboli Gardens (Pitti Palace)

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The Boboli Gardens in Florence (Giardino di Boboli) is a park behind the Pitti Palace that was created by the Medici in the 16th century. It formed an inspiration for the gardens of many other European courts and can be considered an open-air museum with … [read more]

Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato

Centro Pecci (Prato)

Centro Pecci is a museum dedicated to contemporary art of the last 50 years. The centre’s full name is Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci) and it is located in Prato, Tuscany’s second town, about 25 kilometres north-west of … [read more]

Costume Museum in Florence

Costume Gallery (Pitti Palace)

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The Costume Gallery in Florence (Galleria del Costume) is one of the museums inside the Pitti Palace. The collection contains garments, accessories and theatrical costumes, ranging from the 16th century to modern times, including items by fashion designers like Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Valentino. … [read more]

Forte di Belvedere, Florence

Forte di Belvedere

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Forte di Belvedere provides a breath of fresh air after you’ve been with the crowds in the centre of Florence. The fortress is on top of a hill above the Boboli Gardens to the south of the river Arno and offers spectacular views of the … [read more]

Reconnoitering by John Singer Sargent (1911), Gallery Of Modern Art in Florence

Gallery Of Modern Art (Pitti Palace)

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The Gallery of Modern Art in Florence (Galleria d’Arte Moderna) is one of the museums inside the Pitti Palace. The museum exhibits paintings and sculptures from the period between the late 18th century and the First World War, covering movements from neoclassicism to romanticism. The … [read more]

Gucci Museum in Florence

Gucci Museum

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The Gucci Museum in Florence tells the story of the Italian fashion and leather goods manufacturer, from its early start in the city of Florence to the global biggest-selling Italian brand that it is today. Gucci was founded in 1921 in Florence by Guccio Gucci, … [read more]

Cappella dei Principi, Medici Chapels, Florence

Medici Chapels

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The Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) are two separate chapels in the apse of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence, which was the parish church of the Medici, the influential family that is considered to be the founder of the international banking system and that … [read more]

Museo Marino Marini in Florence

Museo Marino Marini

Museo Marino Marini in Florence aims to conserve, protect and promote the work by the Italian sculptor and painter Marino Marini. Space is also dedicated to events and exhibitions of contemporary artists, from the 20th century to the current day. Marino Marini (1901-1980) was most … [read more]

Museo Novecento in Florence

Museo Novecento

Museo Novecento in Florence is dedicated to Italian art of the 20th century. Around 300 paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations take the visitor back from the 1990s to the beginning of the 1900s. The collection, spread out over 15 exhibition areas, is displayed in a … [read more]

Bronze statue of Hypnos (1st century AD) at the National Archaeological Museum of Florence

National Archaeological Museum of Florence

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The National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze) is one of the oldest museums of its kind in Italy. It holds Etruscan, Greek and Roman collections, and houses the Egyptian Museum, the second largest collection of Egyptian artefacts in Italy, after that … [read more]

Orsanmichele Church and Museum in Florence

Orsanmichele Church and Museum

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Orsanmichele is a non-conventional church in the centre of Florence. The building originally served as a grain market and municipal storage facility, which was then consecrated for Christian worship in the 14th century. Chutes for the grain inside the church’s pillars tell the story of … [read more]

Madonna dell'Impannata by Raphael (1514), Palatine Gallery in Florence

Palatine Gallery (Pitti Palace)

The Palatine Gallery in Florence (Galleria Palatina) is one of the museums inside the Pitti Palace. Its collection of Italian and European masters of the Renaissance comes mostly from the Medici, and was brought together in its current form by the Lorraine family, who opened … [read more]

Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Palazzo Strozzi

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Palazzo Strozzi, located in the heart of Florence, is one of the finest examples of private architecture of the Renaissance. After a long history, it is now a cultural centre hosting major international exhibitions, fashion shows and other cultural events. The palace is named after … [read more]

Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

Palazzo Vecchio

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Palazzo Vecchio was already the headquarters of the Florentine government in the days when Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were living and working in Florence, and it still houses the office of the mayor of Florence and is it the seat of the City Council. … [read more]

Pitti Palace in Florence seen from the Boboli Gardens

Pitti Palace

The Pitti Palace in Florence (Palazzo Pitti) is a large museum complex, housing several important collections of paintings, sculptures, porcelain, furniture, costumes, jewellery and objects. Its Boboli Gardens are one of the most famous of all Italian gardens. The building is mainly in Renaissance style … [read more]

Porcelain Museum within the Boboli Gardens, Florence

Porcelain Museum (Pitti Palace)

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The Porcelain Museum in Florence (Museo delle Porcellane) is one of the museums inside the Pitti Palace. It houses the porcelain that was collected and used by the nobility of Florence, starting from the period of the Medici family to the unification of Italy. The … [read more]

Salvatore Ferragamo, Sandal made for Judy Garland (1938)

Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

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The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence is dedicated to the history of the Ferragamo brand, to the life of its founder, and to his creations. It was opened in 1995 with the aim to introduce its visitors to the artistic qualities of Ferragamo and to … [read more]

San Marco Museum in Florence

San Marco Museum

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The San Marco museum in Florence (Museo di San Marco) houses a major collection of works by Fra Angelico, a Dominican monk and one of the most talented painters of the early Renaissance. San Marco is a religious complex in the centre of Florence, consisting … [read more]

Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence

Santo Stefano al Ponte

Santo Stefano al Ponte is a 12th century church in Romanesque style. It is located near the Ponte Vecchio, to which it owes its name (ponte means bridge). Through the centuries the building has undergone many changes and restorations. In the 20th century the church … [read more]

Milanese rock crystal vase (1550–1599), The Medici Treasury in Florence

The Medici Treasury (Pitti Palace)

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The Medici Treasury in Florence (also known as Museo degli Argenti, literally meaning the Silver Museum) is one of the museums inside the Pitti Palace. As the name suggests, the museum contains precious jewellery and objects, many of which were collected by Lorenzo de’ Medici. … [read more]

Uffizi Gallery in Florence with Palazzo Vecchio in the background

Uffizi Gallery

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The Uffizi Gallery in Florence (Galleria degli Uffizi) is part of a select group of museums in the world that should be on everyone’s list. Its collection of artworks is breath-taking and, having opened to the public in 1765, it is one of the oldest … [read more]