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Visit Florence – Top 23 Must-See Things to Do and See

Visit Florence of art in galleries

Visit the Uffizi Gallery – Uffizi Gallery

It is cited by National Geographic in the top 10 of the best museums and art galleries in the world. VShis gallery is one of the oldest and finest art museums in the world. On the menu, italian renaissance masterpieces in a fabulous location!

To visit the Uffizi Gallery is to be under the same roof as the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Botticelli, Raphael or Caravaggio … Yes, just that !

It is necessary to count 3 hours of visit to give yourself time or 2 hours at a run. Be careful to take a skip-the-line ticket in advance because in high season the waiting time is often more than 2 hours. Basically, it’s as much as the duration of the visit to the gallery.

If you want to take a guided tour in French to learn more about the works, it’s also possible (tickets here)

Take advantage of your visit to take a selfie at the Cafeteria located on the rooftop. It offers a breathtaking view of Florence and the Duomo.

Visit the Accademia Gallery in Florence

Another gallery and still so many masterpieces to see!

We leave the paint a little and we visit the real David by Michelangelo. Or rather we twist our necks to admire it from every angle because it is 5 meters high!

Other masterpieces by the artist are also present. Like four of the Slaves who were destined for the tomb of Pope Julius. For painting enthusiasts who are not yet satisfied with the Uffizi Gallery, an art gallery is housed in the gallery of the Academy. There are Tuscan paintings from the 13th to the 19th century.

Again, pay attention to the length of the queue (online skip-the-line tickets here). Because you won’t be the only one who wants to pose among all these nude statues!

And if you are really addicted to Florentine painting and not yet satisfied, I suggest visit to the San Marco convent. Indeed, it houses the national museum. The place was built in the 15th century. And you can see a gallery of Florentine paintings from the 17th century as well as very beautiful frescoes.

A breathtaking 360°, the Piazza della Signoria

We leave the cozy atmosphere of the galleries to an open-air museum, Piazza della Signoria in the heart of Florence.

This is the opportunity to make magnificent panoramic views with the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence Town Hall). There is also the neptuneen fountain white marble, the Loggia del Lanzi and its outdoor sculptures and the entrance to the Uffizi Gallery.

For the most curious, behind the fountain on the wall of the Palazzo Vecchio, an inscription reminds us that it is forbidden to wash your clothes in the fountain! The penalty is a handsome fine or, for the poorest, the torture of the rope.

The Palazzo Vecchio and its mysteries

It’s a palace, a real fortress now town hall. It has many very richly decorated rooms.

Built in 1494, the palace houses the Hall of the Five Hundred. It’s’one of the largest and most valuable halls in the country made by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Da Vinci was commissioned to illustrate the victory of Anghiari over the Milanese (1440) and Michelangelo that of Cascina against the Pisans (1364).

And there, better than a Dan Brown novel, the historical legends ! Because these two paintings remained unfinished and would be lost. But according to some historians, the artist Vasari would have covered the battle of Anghiari with his fresco to protect it.

In 2002, researchers discovered on Vasari’s fresco, The Battle of Marciano, the words: “Cerca trova” (seek find). An endoscopic analysis revealed pigments similar to those of the Mona Lisa.
I advise you to book your tickets online to save time on your visits.

Another essential step when visiting Florence is that of the Basilica of Santa Croce. With its 115 meters long and 38 meters wide, it is largest franciscan church in the world !

This religious building dates from 1294, the year its construction began on the foundations of another small Franciscan church, the Santa Maria Novella. Over the centuries, the Church of Santa Croce has served as meeting place for artists, humanists and influential politicians and religious figures.

The interior of the church includes several small chapels, exposing each of the frescoes by Giotto, Donatello, Gaddi or Maso di Banco.

Between XIVand and the 19thand century, about 300 people were buried within the walls of the Basilica of Santa Croce. You can also see many graves of famous people, like that of Michelangelo, but also of the humanist Machiavelli and the physicist Galileo.

To discover this place steeped in history, it is best to take a guided tour. You can book your tickets for visit the Santa Croce Basilica right here on this site.

Built in 1458 by a banker named Luca Pitti, the Pitti Palace is an important Renaissance building. During its existence, it served successively as a residence for the Medici, as a base for Napoleon Bonaparte, then as a residence for King Victor Emmanuel III. The latter ends up cede it to the Italian State in 1929, and the palace soon opened its doors to the public.

The interior of the Palazzo Pitti houses an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures and works of art, divided into different galleries and museums. The Palatine Gallery, for example, exhibits famous paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Rubens and Titian.

There is also the Modern Art Gallery, where you can admire works dating from the 18thand century until the beginning of the XXand century, or the Costume Gallery and his collection of period clothing.

Don’t miss the Silver Museum either. Nicknamed the “treasure of the Medici”, it brings together a fine range of objects in ivory, semi-precious stone and crystal. And finally, plan to take a detour via the boboli garden, a very fine example of an “Italian-style garden”.

An advice, book your tickets online to avoid wasting time in queues!

The Bargello Palace and Museum

Now an important museum dedicated to the glory of the Renaissance, the Bargello Palace has a rather checkered past. In the 13th century, it hosted the Podesta, the magistrate responsible for death sentences in medieval times.

Convicts were also executed within these same walls! In the 16th century, it even served as public jail, before being abandoned for some time.

In 1840, a portrait of Dante made by the Florentine painter Giotto. The city of Florence then decided to launch major restoration work and turn it into a museum, including the inauguration took place in 1865.

So, what to see at the Bargello Museum ? Many masterpieces by influential artists such as Andrea della Robbia, Cellini and Michelangelo, including his famous sculpture of Bacchus depicted drunk. An entire room is also dedicated to the sculptor Donatello. In short, if Italian Renaissance art interests you, you know where to go!

Very well preserved and of great architectural beauty, the museum also offers a real show all by itself. Book your tickets directly on this site.

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