Tuscany’s capital and most populous city makes a wonderful choice for your next visit to Europe, no matter if it is a romantic getaway, a solo trip or a family vacation. Florence boasts a big number of sights and legendary masterpieces such as David marble statue by Michelangelo and “The Birth of Venus” painting by Botticelli, to name a few. This must-visit city is filled with basilicas and cathedrals; Duomo di Firenze covering the city’s historic center and being one of the largest cathedrals in the country. A true fan of Renaissance will find heaven on Earth in Florence, since the number of palaces, gardens, museums and other places of interest available for exploration can satisfy any art lover’s hunger for new impressions.
In this article, we are talking about three Florence’s museums filled with paintings, sculptures and… modern fashion items.
Musei del Bargello
Although this museum homes one of the city’s most significant art objects gatherings, curiously enough, it is underestimated. The Bargello boasts a wonderful set of Florentine Renaissance sculpture. Occupying a former prison’s building of the 13th century – which internal court was used for demonstrating delinquents’ bodies – this place’s of interest three floors now house masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrocchio, Cellini, and other genius creators. A spacious hall on the ground floor is dedicated to Michelangelo, Cellini and Bandinelli artworks while the upper floors hold many other magnificent creations. The local major attractions include two versions of the biblical hero David – made in bronze and marble. The metal one is famous for being the first Renaissance freestanding bronze work. However, sculpture is not the only branch of visual arts that can be found in the Bargello National Museum as its art assemblage also includes fine ceramics, textile, ivory, silver, coins and interior design objects.
Via del Proconsolo 4, Florence 50122, Italy
To make our cultural journey a little closer to the present time, we suggest visiting Gucci Museo located inside the historic Palace of the Merchandise overlooking the city’s main square – Piazza della Signoria. The Italian luxury brand – by the way, founded in Florence – opened this museum in 2011, ninety years after its birth, as a tribute to almost a century of high level of excellence. The changing collection occupies 3 floors and demonstrates the brand’s history from the very beginning up to the present time. Offering both contemporary and permanent exhibitions, Gucci Museum represents such items as handbags and travel bags, accessories, jewelry, impressive red carpet outfits seen on Hollywood stars, etc. etc. Special Gucci edition Cadillac Seville with the passenger compartment and the roof covered with branded clothing material can also be explored by the visitors. After you have admired all those showpieces, there is a trendy bookstore and two nice eateries waiting for your visit on the ground floor. Delicious food and drinks accompanied by impressive views over Florence main square will make for a relaxing experience.
Piazza della Signoria 10, Florence 50122, Italy
The Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze
This art museum is well-known mostly because of the legendary Michelangelo’s David sculpture it holds. So yes, all those people spending hours to get inside have come here to witness the most popular nude masterpiece on the planet. It took the 26 years old artist three years of hard continuous – and secret – work. A block of excellent white marble provided from Carrara’s quarry served as material for the statue. The colossal David occupies a brightly lit atrium and attracts millions of visitors each year. The statue’s details are admirable, especially bearing in mind the creation process took place five centuries ago. Take your time exploring this work of art, but remember to see other masterpieces – including the same artist’s Four Prisoners unfinished sculptures – such as famous paintings belonging to the Middle Ages and the late Renaissance, and a worth-seeing musical instruments collection.
Via Ricasoli 58, Florence 50121, Italy