Florence tourist guide

Florence Museums and Galleries

For art lovers Florence might seem like a paradise, the numerous museums of this city show works of art created by the greatest mind of all time. Just walking trough Florence can be an intense experience but to see another face of the city you need to go indoor and pay your visit at these museums in Florence where you’ll find stunning painting, sculptures, frescos and much more.

Uffizi gallery

Uffizi gallery

This museum is one of the most famous in the world and contains a stunning collection of classical sculptures and painting of Renaissance including the famous “The birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli.
Giorgio Vasari was the Uffizi architect and designed it in the 1560. The building has the shape of a horseshoe and goes from Piazza della Signoria to the Arno River.
Being one of the most visited museums in the world means very long lines, that’s why we heartily suggest to make your reservation in advance by phone or by the web site.
www.uffizi.firenze.it


Accademia gallery

Accademia gallery

Was Pietro Leopoldo that in 1784 converted the friary of San Matteo and united all the city’s drawing schools into one Academy so students could study the masterpieces of art.
In present time undoubtedly tourists come to Accademia galleries of Florence to see Michelangelo’s “David”, the world’s most famous sculpture and the unfinished “Slaves”, but this museum has much more to offer beginning with the “Rape of the Sabines” by Giambologna, Botticelli’s “Madonna and child” and works of art by Perugino, Pontorno, Bronzino and Filippino Lippi.
www.galleriadellaccademia.it


Bargello museum

Bargello museum

This museum is located in the stunning fortress Palazzo del Bargello. Since 1859 the building houses many important sculptures and other works of art by Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Michelangelo and Cellini.
www.museodelbargello.it


San Marco museum

San Marco museum

The architecture alone is worth the visit to San Marco Museum. The building was a Dominican convent that Cosimo de’ Medici enlarged with his favourite architect Michelozzo. You can still admire the original structure of this fifteen century convent that is still perfectly preserved. The museum houses frescos of Fra Angelico and numerous panels.
www.firenzemusei.it/sanmarco/


Palatine gallery museum

Palatine gallery museum

This gallery is held on the first floor of Pitti Palace and houses a supreme exhibition of Medici collection’s paintings with works of art created by Raffaello and Tiziano.
Be sure to visit the Planetary rooms and its superb decorations by Pietro da Cortona.
www.galleriapalatina.it


Medici Chapel

Medici Chapel

The museum of the Medici Chapels, considered as a mausoleum of the Medici family, contains the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici.
Completed by Vasari in the beginning of 1600 the museum houses masterpieces of architecture and sculpture.
It is a stunning building with an octagonal plan surmounted by a dome and covered by amazing marbles.
www.cappellemedicee.it


Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore di Firenze

Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore di Firenze

The museum was opened in 1891 and contains the sculptures removed from the exterior of the Duomo and Baptistery to better conserve them.
Visiting this museum can be the better way to see the changes in the sculpture style over the centuries.
www.operaduomo.firenze.it


Museum Galileo

Museum Galileo

The Museum Galileo is located just near the Uffizi Gallery in the Signoria district. It has a huge collection of old clocks and maps. You can see the first telescopes constructed by Galileo, his experiments into gravity and also his middle finger. The museum changes his name from Museum of History of Science into Museum Galileo on June 11, 2010.
www.museogalileo.it


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