Florence Journals

Four Florence Museums and an Experience

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A December 2009 trip to Florence by artslover

Museo del Bargello Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: Our one week vacation in Florence during the Christmas holidays included a lot of museum visits and a cooking lesson. Our restaurant experiences are in a separate journal.
Antipasti made for our Florence cooking lesson Photo, Florence, Italy
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We rented a flat in Florence for our visit and one of the benefits is having a kitchen. Although we did not cook a lot of meals other than breakfast, we were able to enjoy a cooking lesson in our flat from Elisa Berghi and her assistant, Michele. We asked for a typical Tuscan menu, no clams because of allergies, and left the rest up to her. It was a fun afternoon of three hours learning to cook crostini, coccoli, risotto, osso bucco and tiramisu. She brought everything needed, including aprons, knives and cutting boards for each of us, and two bottles of wine. And at the end, they cleaned everything up cleaner than it was before. Both Elisa and Michele spoke excellent English a...Read More

Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)

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Attraction | "Learning History at the Palazzo Pitti"

Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace) Photo, Florence, Italy
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We toured the Pitti Palace through Context Tours, a company we highly recommend. [www.contexttravel.com] A tour seemed the best way to visit because the Palace is so integral to the history of the Medici family, who owned the palace for most of its history, but the history was something unknown to us. It is situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short distance from the Ponte Vecchio and connected by a corridor. The core of the present palazzo dates from 1458 and was originally the countrified residence of Luca Pitti, an ambitious Florentine banker, who ran a foul of the Medici family. The palace was bought by the Medici family in 1549 and became the chief residence of the ruling ...Read More

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Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)
Piazza Pitti, 1
Florence, Italy 50125
+39 0552388614

Uffizi Gallery

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Attraction | "A Must for Every Lover of Art"

Uffizi Gallery Photo, Florence, Italy
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Any self respecting art lover would not miss a visit to the Uffizi while in Florence. But like the Louvre in Paris and Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Uffizi has more works of art than a person can take in on one visit, even though the Uffizi mainly has paintings, few sculptures and artifacts. I found it really helps to have someone guide you through the gallery. We did our tour of the Uffizi through Context Tours, a company we highly recommend. [www.contexttravel.com] Like most tour guides, their docents can help point out highlights and get you to the works you want to see, but the Context docents are all highly educated in history and art history, many with PhDs, and provide the hi...Read More

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

Museo del Bargello

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Attraction | "Must See Sculpture Collection"

Museo del Bargello Photo, Florence, Italy
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The Bargello Museum has as good a collection of sculptures as the Uffizi has paintings. I particularly wanted to see and admire the Donatello, Giambologna and Cellini works, including many of the originals of statues which have copies standing outside in the Loggia di Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria and other public plazas in Florence. A number of key works in the collection reflect the Florentines’ identification with David and different artists portrayal of David and Goliath as symbolizing the heroism of Florence.The building itself is remarkable. The museum collection is on two floors with a large central courtyard. Originally a palace, it was later a prison, police headquarters and the ...Read More

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

Galleria dell' Accademia

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Attraction | "Is Seeing the Original David Worth a Visit?"

Galleria dell' Accademia Photo, Florence, Italy
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I really love art in a variety of forms and one of the main reasons I travel is to view art. But despite my enthusiasm for visiting art galleries and museums, the Accademia in Florence is a disappointment. Everyone goes to see Michelangelo’s David, the real thing and not the copy in the Piazza della Signoria or the bronze copy on top of Piazzale Michelangelo. The gallery is obviously focused on the David. It stands alone at the end of a long hallway slightly elevated and beckoning visitors to come and admire. And no doubt it is an easy to admire work. As you are drawn towards the David, you can pause to also admire some of Michelangelo’s late unfinished sculptures, but the rest of the Gal...Read More

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Galleria dell' Accademia
Via Ricasoll 60
Florence