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Uffizi Gallery »»»
The most important art gallery in Italy and
the earliest museum in modern Europe,
it displays the greatest paintings from every age.
It houses the most significant classical sculptures from
the Medici collections and a big selection of Italian
and European painting from 13th to 18th C., mainly late
Medieval and Renaissance Tuscan works... »»»
Accademia Gallery »»»
It is one of the most popular museums in the world because
it displays the renowned Michelangelo’s David.
The Gallery was founded by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo
of Lorraine as an educational art collection destined
to the students at the Academy of Fine Arts.
After rearrangements and 19th C. acquisitions, it has become
a celebrated museum dedicated to Michelangelo.
Along with Michelangelo’s scupltures,
the Gallery shows significant works testifying the development
of Florentine art from 13th C. up to 19th C... »»»
Palatina Gallery and Royal Apartments »»»
The Gallery is called “Palatina” because
it is located in the “Palazzo” of the ruling
family, the imposing Pitti Palace, royal
residence of the Medici, of the Lorraine and
lastly of the Savoy dynasty.
The collection of paintings, arranged in
rooms sumptuously decorated with baroque stuccoes and frescoes,
is a rare and precious example of a private princely gallery... »»»
Bargello Museum »»»
The Museum displays the most important
collection of Renaissance Tuscan sculpture in the world,
with fundamental works by Donatello, Della
Robbia, Verrocchio and Michelangelo,
along with a significant group of medieval French
ivories, Italian majolicas and arms.
The museum is housed in the medieval Palazzo del
Capitano del Popolo (or Bargello Palace), built
from 1255 and enlarged in the 14th C., residence
of the Captain of the People, of the Podestà and
lastly of the Captain of Justice (called
Bargello), that is the chief of the police (16th C.), when
the palace was transformed into a prison... »»»
Medici Chapels »»»
Behind the church of San Lorenzo, the Medici
Chapels Museum consists of the Medici
Crypt, the Chapel of the Princes and Michelangelo’s
Along with the sculptural and architectural decorations,
the museum displays the Treasure of the San Lorenzo
Basilica, great examples of Renaissance
and Baroque goldsmith’s art. The architecture
and the sculptural decoration, including funerary
monuments of members of the Medici family, were
designed and begun by Michelangelo before he went
to Rome... »»»
Modern Art Gallery »»»
In Pitti Palace, on the second floor,
the Modern Art Gallery shows a complete
overview of Italian painting from Neoclassicism
to the 20th century.
The core of the museum is a collection of paintings by
a group of Tuscan artists, called “the Macchiaioli”,
who in the middle of 19th C. started to deeply
renew European painting, at the same time as the
Other outstanding artists on display: Camille Pissarro,
Elisabeth Chaplin and, from Italy, Giovanni Boldini, Gaetano
Previati, Medardo Rosso, Galileo Chini... »»»
San Marco Museum »»»
Once a Dominican monastery, it houses
the largest collection of paintings by Fra Giovanni Angelico
in the world. The Museum is housed in the Dominican monastery
of San Marco, built between 1438 and 1444 by
will of Cosimo the Elder of the Medici
Archaeological Museum »»»
One of the most important archaeological museums
in Italy, it is mainly renowned for a very
important Etruscan collection and an amazing
Egyptian section, second best in Italy. The Museum
was opened in 1888 when most of
the Etruscan, Greek and Roman works collected by the Medici and
the Lorraine families were moved from
the Uffizi Gallery to the Palazzo della Crocetta (a 16th
C. Medici property)... »»»
Silver Museum »»»
The Museo degli Argenti (Silverware Museum)
displays the Medici Treasure, the jewels and
the most precious objects once belonged
to the Lords of Florence.
It shows the huge collection of precious objects once belonged
to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, with later additions
coming from the ancient Gems Cabinet of the Uffizi,
from the collection of jewels belonged to Anna
Maria Luisa de’ Medici, from the Treasure
of the prince-bishops of Salzburg and from the Treasure
of San Lorenzo in Florence... »»»
Opificio delle Pietre Dure »»»
The Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Semi-precious
Stones Workshop) was officially founded in 1588 by Ferdinando
I de’ Medici.
The Museum is dedicated to the traditional art
of the Florentine mosaic (or inlaid work) in semi-precious
That ancient artwas already known by the
Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who created mosaics
using marble and semi-precious stones (quartz,
chalcedony, jasper, lapis-lazuli)... »»»
Boboli Garden of Palazzo Pitti »»»
The Garden on the Boboli between
Pitti Palace and Belvedere Fort, is one
of the largest and most refined gardens in Italy,
first example and model for the royal gardens of
European courts... »»»
Piccolomini Palace in Pienza »»»
The summer residence of Enea Silvio Piccolomini,
Pope Pius II, Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza is
the first example of Renaissance architecture.
Built in 1459 by famed architect Bernardo
Rossellino, student of Leon Battista Alberti,
recent major renovation has restored its utmost splendour,
both internally and externally.
The architectural complex is presented as the realisation
of Pius II’s ambitious humanist project for the ideal