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7 Best Museums in Florence

Florence is one of Italy’s prized possessions when it comes to historical art. The city bursts with beautiful paintings, sculptures, and architecture that its many museums house. Beyond art, Florence is also the home to museums that feature archeology, science, and much more. With so many museums to offer, how do you decide which ones to go to? Well, it’s hard to go wrong with any museum located in the sophisticated city of Florence, but there are definitely a few that you should not leave without visiting. Here are 7 of Florence’s best museums that should make it on your list.

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1 Galleria degli Uffizi.

This museum draws in tourists from all over the world for its astounding collection of Renaissance art, featuring artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. It’s important to plan your visit to this museum far in advance, as it is such a popular attraction.

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2 Galleria dell’Accademia.

Ever heard of Michelangelo’s sculpture of David? Perhaps the most famous sculpture in the world, this piece of art is the Accademia’s biggest draw. However, it also houses a number of other incredible sculptures, paintings, and works of art that you’ll want to check out. Reservations are a must here too.

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3 Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

At one time, this museum was a prison, but it is now home to a number of impressive pieces from both the Renaissance and Gothic time periods by famous artists such as Donatello and Michelangelo. This museum is often over looked as travelers rush to see the above two biggie sites. I think the Bargello is the best representation of Renaissance Florence.

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4 Palazzo Pitti.

The famous Medici family once lived in this building, and it has since been turned into several museums including a costume gallery, a porcelain museum, a museum of modern art, and a silver museum. Be sure to also check out the Boboli Gardens behind the palace, where you will find even more art and culture.

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5 Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

This museum features the work that went into the famous church in Florence, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Rich with history and architecture, and featuring sculptures crafted by Michelangelo and Donatello, this museum will give you a better appreciation of this piece of historical art.

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6 Museo di San Marco.

Displaying the artwork of several monks including Fra Angelico, Savonarola, and Fra Bartolomeo who lived in the San Marco monastery, this museum is full of beautiful portraits, frescoes, and altarpieces.

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7 Palazzo Vecchio.

Once an important government building, the palace now features elegant works of art including architecture, frescoes, and other paintings. While you’re there, climb the bell tower for a beautiful view of the city.

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The city of Florence offers rich culture, art, and history in its many museums. Take advantage of this during your visit and allow the glory of historical art to take your breath away. ~ Kalina Davis

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About the author: Andi Brown

I am passionate about helping people create vacations that are perfect for them through personalized travel planning, itinerary review and small experience focused tours. My services put an emphasis on the experience of Italy, getting my clients away from the tourist crowds and into the heart and soul of the people. I believe in working with family run businesses at great locations with attention to the details. If you can dream it I can make it happen.