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Our Top 3 Museums in Florence

Our time in Florence was short but definitely not forgettable. This city is one of elegance and beauty. It is also the home to some of our favorite European museums. During our stay at Casa Howard Guest House we visited three of the classics in Florence. These museums are some of the most popular in Italy and for very good reason. This is a great place to start for your next visit to this magical city.  Here are our Top 3 Museums in Florence.

 

Our Top 3 Museums in Florence - cavalcata - uffizi - photo source - www.uffizi.firenze.it

 

Gallerie degli Uffizi

The Gallerie degli Uffizi is considered one of the best museums on the planet, so it was completely imperative that it was added to this list. The Uffizi houses some of the most important collections of art in the world, thus it’s a must-see for any art lover, specifically fans of classical art and renaissance pieces. Here you’ll find pieces from Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Da Vinci, making it the perfect place to catch a glimpse of those classics, such as the Birth of Venus and Michelangelo’s only panel painting, Holy Family.

The Uffizi houses art from both Italy and many other European countries, and even though the classics are the things that most people come to see, there are still modern pieces here. Basically, it’s Florence’s one-stop-shop for all things art.

 

Our Top 3 Museums in Florence - cavalcata - source - museostibbert-dot-it

 

Museo Stibbert

If you’re looking for a bit more of an eclectic collection of objects instead of works of art, the Museo Stibbert is probably the best place for you. Located on Montughi Hill in Florence, the location alone makes it interesting to visit, but so do the 36,000 objects on display here. The most noted of these are the suits of armor on show, which are traditional suits from all over the world, East and West.

The museum came into existence because of Frederick Stibbert, a rich Englishman who decided to start a collection of just about anything one day back in the 19th century. Due to his money, Stibbert managed to collect some seriously interesting artifacts, so he decided to make the collection his very own museum; the Museo Stibbert that stands in Florence today.

 

Things to do in Florence - David

 

Accademia Gallery

One of the main reasons why people visit Florence is to see the timeless statue of David, by Michelangelo. The Accademia Gallery is exactly where you’ll find this in Florence, along with other sculptures by Michelangelo, and Renaissance artwork. A visit to the Accademia Gallery to catch a glimpse of the statue of David really is one of the best things to do in Florence, it could even be completely necessary in fact. The incredible detail put into this phenomenal statue is something that really can’t be translated into a photograph, so seeing the real thing up close and personal is a must-do, especially if you’re an art lover.

 

Do you have any suggestions for museums in Florence?

 

 

8 comments

  1. I have to agree with you that the Uffizi is unmissable and I could have spent the longest time walking around it’s corridors from room to room just as the many fine folks must have done all those years ago.

    One tip, be sure to book a ticket ahead of time or be prepared for a long wait in the queue outside. Even if you get there super early in the morning you can easily find yourself waiting quite a while.
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  2. It was interesting to us that Michaelangelo’s statue of David was so much larger than we imagined – it really towers over you. And for the Uffizi? Now, if only there weren’t such huge line-ups to get in…
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      We had the same feeling while standing there dwarfed by David. It is a massive sculpture and I think that is one of the appeals of it. Being so large allowed Michaelangelo to put so much detail into every aspect.
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  3. It’s funny, I think I might be the only person who wasn’t crazy about the Uffizi. Maybe it’s because when I went it was so HOT inside, and I’m not especially fond of the type of art in it (lots of gilded Renaissance work) after too much exposure. On the other hand, even though it’s not a museum per se, I adored Santa Croce. It’s filled with art and I really enjoyed the room (can’t recall the name) with the inlaid wood work on the walls. Gorgeous! I’ll have to check out Stibbert next time too.
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  4. For the nerds (like us), there’s no better Florentine museum than the Museo Galileo…Galileo’s telescopes (not to mention his finger!), early scientific and measuring instruments, globes and maps…fascinating museum.
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