Florence Journals

A Visit to the Museums of Florence

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A travel journal to Florence by airynfaerie

Uffizi Gallery Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: Italy's Renaissance star of a city, Florence, offers some of the world's best art museums in the world. People from all over the globe make the trip to the city to view some of the most concentrated collections of masterpieces offered anywhere.

Uffizi Gallery

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Attraction | "Florence's Most Famous Museum"

Uffizi Gallery Photo, Florence, Italy
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Definitely Florence's most famous museum, the Galleria degli Uffizi is also one of the world's most famous museums. These amazing, and extensive galleries of fine art collection are located in an setting just as amazing. The building was originally built as a palace for the city's head magistrates and government officials. Still today this structure impresses visitors of all ages, not to mention the impressiveness of the priceless art that lies within.Commissed by Cosimo I of Florence's famous Medici family, construction began in 1560 by architect Vasari who also built a corridor walkway above the city streets that passes from this museum over the Ponte Vecchio and all the way to the Pitti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2009

Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Degli Uffizi, 6
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 05523885

Galleria dell' Accademia

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Attraction | "Home of the David"

Galleria dell' Accademia Photo, Florence, Italy
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Besides the Uffizi Gallery several blocks away, the Accademia Gallery is one of the top tourists stops in Florence. By far, my favorite museum in the city, this amazing collection is spearheaded by the star of the show - Michelangelo's "David". Recognized worldwide, this towering masterpiece stands alone in a corridor of the museum and gathers people from around the globe to witness it's splendor. Definitely a must-see, the Accademia won't disappoint even the most sceptic of visitors. Located in an old monastery near the Piazza San Marco, the entrance barely even boasts much of a sign, let alone the grand exterior one would expect for a gallery home to some of the world's most treasured wo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2009

Galleria dell' Accademia
Via Ricasoll 60
Florence

Museo del Bargello

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Attraction | "One of the World's Best Sculpture Museums"

Museo del Bargello Photo, Florence, Italy
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One of the premier sculpture museums in the world, Florence's famous Bargello is a must-see for art-lovers who visit this Renaissance city. Also known as Palazzo del Popolo, or "Palace of the People", the Bargello is located in one of the city's oldest buildings. Dating back to 1255, this palace was used as a residence for government officials, and then later as a police headquarter where tortures took place and criminals put to death. The courtyard where many of the gruesome acts were carried out, now houses some of the world's treasures and even is host to various exhibitions in this open air section of the museum.When visitors enter the tan stoned building, which is quite pl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2009

Museo del Bargello
Via del Proconsolo, 4
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 0552388606

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

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Attraction | "A Museum Many People Miss"

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo Photo, Florence, Italy
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The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, or the "Museum of the Works of the Duomo" is one of Florence's hidden gems for art (and history) lovers. Located just steps from Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) on the dome side of the church in a Palace from the 1400s, this special museum offers visitors numerous masterpieces to view up close.The smaller, unassuming exterior doesn't boast much, and many guidebooks rate this museum as not one of the main "must-see" spots for tourists, in my opinion it deserves much more praise. But one good thing about the fact that it's not one of the highly popular sites in the city, it's a great place to go with no waiting, small to no crowds, and the freedom to stay as lon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2009

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Piazza Duomo
Florence, Italy 50122

Palazzo Vecchio

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Attraction | "A Town-Hall Fortress in Florence"

Palazzo Vecchio Photo, Florence, Italy
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Towering over the Piazza Signoria is the stunning Palazzo Vecchio ("Old Palace"). The demanding structure has been part of the Renaissance city since 1299 and the iconic tower has been a piece of the city's skyline for centuries. Visitors can't miss this castle-like building as it sits amongst all of the center's main sites.Originally built as a home to some of the Florentine government heads, this building is still used as for government, but now as the town hall. Housing plenty of pieces of art, as well as being heavy in historical significance, this palace is still studied by specialists around the world. Just to admire the palazzo from the outside plaza, where several sculptural master...Read More

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Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza Della Signoria
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 0552768325