Florence Museums, Florence

Florence Museums, Florence
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Over the centuries Florence gained a huge collection of art works. Almost half of them come from the world known artists that lived here and the other half comes from the private collection of the Medici family that have ruled the city for a long time. To show their pride, the city of Florence displayed all these magnificent works of art in numerous museums and palaces. Take this tour to get familiarized with the best paintings, sculptures, drawings, frescoes in the world.

Florence Museums Map

Guide Name: Florence Museums
Guide Location: Italy » Florence (See other walking tours in Florence)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: greghasleft
Uffizi

1) Uffizi (must see)

The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. It is housed in the Palazzo degli Uffizi, a palazzo in Florence. Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates — hence the name "uffizi" ("offices"). Construction was continued to Vasari's design by Alfonso Parigi and Bernardo Buontalenti and ended in 1581. Today the Uffizi is one of the most...   view more
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Museo Galileo

2) Museo Galileo

The Museo Galileo (before 2010 known as the Institute and Museum of the History of Science) is a science museum housed inside an old palace named Castellani. It was founded in 1927 by the University of Florence. The museum is located in the Piazza dei Giudici, by the River Arno and close to the Uffizi Gallery.

The museum features many artifacts from the 15th to 19th century, mostly pioneering scientific instruments including world globes, stethoscopes, navigation instruments and telescopes...   view more
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Palazzo Vecchio

3) Palazzo Vecchio (must see)

The Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence. This massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Although most of the Palazzo Vecchio is now a museum, it remains the symbol of local government: since 1872 it has housed the office of the mayor of Florence, and it is the seat of the City Council. At the end of the hall is situated a small sideroom without windows. This masterpiece, the Studiolo of Francesco I was also designed by Vasari in...   view more
Bargello

4) Bargello (must see)

Florence is not only the paradise for architectural enthusiasts, but is also the haven for art lovers and the Bargello Museum is a perfect blend of both. With an exterior of a fortress, the Bargello Museum houses some of the most important pieces of Renaissance sculptures and work of art. The Bargello Museum, located in the Palazzo del Popolo, is one of the oldest structures in the city of Florence and dates back to 1255. Throughout history, the building has served as a fortress, a Palace, a...   view more
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Casa di Dante

5) Casa di Dante (must see)

Set in the heart of medieval Florence, presently the area between the Church of Saint Martino and Piazza dei Donati, is the Casa di Dante or the House/Museum of Dante. The building, though erected in the twentieth century, is believed to be seated on the birth place of one of the most cherished poets in Italian history- Dante Alighieri.

After a series of archaeological studies done on the site, historians concluded that the area, on which the building now stands, was the birth place of...   view more
Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze

6) Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze (must see)

The Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze, located in Via Rasacoli, is an art gallery whose history dates back as far as 1563. Under the advice of Giorgio Vasari, an artist and writer, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de' Medici set up the Accademia e Compagnia delle Arti del Disegno (Arts of Drawing Academy and Company). The institution not only housed renowned artists of Cosimo’s court but also functioned as organisation for the artists of Tuscany. Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of...   view more
San Marco

7) San Marco (must see)

San Marco is the name of a religious complex in Florence. It comprises a church and a convent. The convent, which is now a museum, has three claims to fame. During the 15th century it was home to two famous Dominicans, the painter Fra Angelico and the preacher Girolamo Savonarola. Also housed at the convent is a famous collection of manuscripts in a library built by Michelozzo.

The present convent occupies the site where a Vallombrosan monastery existed in the 12th century, which later passed...   view more
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