THE MUSEUMS OF FLORENCE

9 February 2016
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The tour...

    • The most popular museums in Florence are definitely the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia, which stand out from the others on account of the masterpieces they house. The Uffizi offers a complete repertoire of the Tuscan artists, and Renaissance art is wonderfully represented by Filippino Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. This museum has doubled its exhibition spaces, and thanks to major, recently-completed restauration work all the works of art may be admired in their full magnificense.
    The Accademia is famous because it houses Michelangelo’s “prisoners” and David. However, it also displays a small collection of musical instruments, including the very first pianoforte in the world, and a lovely collection of medieval paintings, just as beautiful as those at the Uffizi Gallery.
    • Impossible not to include a visit to the churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce to admire their art treasures. The Renaissance Basilica of San Lorenzo was the Medici family’s first parish church and comprises the Medici Chapels. The churches of Ognissanti and Santa Trinita are off the usual tourist route and less famous than the previously mentioned, but their beauty is nonetheless awe-inspiring. The list is naturally very long.
    • Many are the palaces we can choose from as well, but I will only mention a few here: Palazzo Strozzi, with its delightful internal courtyard; the first Palazzo Medici, with its family chapel, magnificently frescoed by Benozzo Gozzoli; and of course Palazzo Pitti, which was the last city residence of the Medici and houses five museums, including the famous Palatine Gallery. Our list inevitably includes Palazzo Vecchio, also known as Palazzo della Signoria, which still houses the offices of the city government. Palaces that are quite diverse but all extremely interesting and packed with masterpieces.
    • Lastly, a few very original museums: first and foremost the convent of San Marco, where we can see the original cells used by the monks, with frescoes by Il Beato Angelico; the unique Rucellai chapel at the former church of San Pancrazio; the Bargello, a museum that not only houses some of the most famous Florentine Renaissance statues, but also a few truly breathtaking private collections.

Finding out more…

For a person such as myself, in love with art and history, it was really difficult to limit Florence’s artistic wonders to the few museums mentioned. But please bear in mind that we can work together to design the perfect tour itinerary based on your personal interests. When it comes to museums, we are truly spoiled for choice in this maganificent city.

Useful notes...

    – Some churches and most palaces, save Palazzo Strozzi, will charge an entrance fee.
    – At your request I can book your entrance to any of the busier museums at no charge.

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