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Florence (Firenze in Italian) is world-famous as the cradle of the Italian Renaissance.
A city founded by the Romans with the name of Florentia that greatly expanded during the Middle-Ages, from the early-14th century to the late-16th century, under the reign of the Medici family, Florence had been indeed the birthplace or the hometown of many of the most important Renaissance artists, including Giotto, Filippo Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Leon Battista Alberti, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, to name a few.
Today, Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region, a lively university town, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. A city that proudly shows its glorious past in its monuments (such as the famous Cathedral with the dome by Brunelleschi and Giotto’s Campanile), and world-renowned museums, including the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum, and the Galleria dell’Accademia.
Many of the most important museums and monumental buildings are located in Florence’s historical center, which is rather small if compared to those of Rome and Milan and can be easily traveled on foot. This also gives the traveler an occasion to experiment with the famous Tuscan cuisine in one of the many restaurants and trattorie available there; typical Florentine dishes include the traditional Crostini Toscani with chicken pate, the Ribollita and the Pappa al Pomodoro soups, the Peposo beef stew, and the enormous Fiorentina steak traditionally served with the Fagioli all’Uccelletto baked beans. A street food very popular among the locals is the sandwich with Lampredotto, but be careful because it is made from a cow’s stomach and not everyone likes its peculiar flavor.
Finally, our suggestion is to avoid visiting the city in summer since it can be overcrowded and very hot; spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Florence.

Cover image, the facade of the Uffizi Gallery in central Florence; photo © Riccardo Bianchini/Inexhibit.


museums in Florence

Accademia Gallery – Florence

Accademia Gallery – Florence

Firenze - via Ricasoli, 60
closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
The Accademia Gallery (Italian: Galleria dell’Accademia) is an art museum in Florence, central Italy, most famous for the David sculpture by Michelangelo
Center of Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence

Center of Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence

Firenze - Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi
closed: See the museum website
The CCC Strozzina Centre of Contemporary Culture of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence was opened in 2007 and is part of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation.
Medici Chapel Museum – Florence

Medici Chapel Museum – Florence

Firenze - Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6
closed: Sundays and Mondays
The Medici Chapel in Florence (Italian: Museo delle Cappelle Medicee) is a museum most known for featuring the Sacrestia Nuova mausoleum by Michelangelo
Museo degli Innocenti – Florence

Museo degli Innocenti – Florence

Firenze - Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12
closed: open daily, except January 1 and December 25
The Museo degli Innocenti in Florence is a museum of art and history located in the famous "Ospedale degli Innocenti" Renaissance building by Brunelleschi
Museo Galileo – Museum of Science History, Florence

Museo Galileo – Museum of Science History, Florence

Firenze - Piazza dei Giudici 1
closed: Tuesday afternoon, January 1, and December 25
The Museo Galileo is a science museum in Florence, named after famous Italian scientist Galileo Galilei, housed in a medieval palace near the Uffizi Gallery
Museo Roberto Capucci

Museo Roberto Capucci

Firenze - Costa San Giorgio, 2
closed: Mondays, January 1 and December 25
The Museo Roberto Capucci is a fashion museum in Florence, housed in the 17th century Villa Bardini, not far from Palazzo Pitti and the Forte di Belvedere
National Museum of Bargello – Florence

National Museum of Bargello – Florence

Firenze - Via del Proconsolo, 4
closed: Mondays, second and fourth Sundays of the month
The Museo del Bargello is an art museum in Florence, renowned for its Italian Renaissance sculptures, including masterpieces by Michelangelo and Donatello
Palazzo Medici Riccardi – Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi – Florence

Firenze - Via Camillo Cavour 3
closed: Wednesdays
Palazzo Medici Riccardi is a Renaissance palace in Florence, once the main residence of the Medicis, and a museum also known for the Magi Chapel by Benozzo Gozzoli
Palazzo Pitti – Florence

Palazzo Pitti – Florence

Firenze - Piazza Pitti, 1
closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
he Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) in Florence is a complex of museums of fine art, decorative arts, and fashion; it also includes the famous Boboli Gardens
Palazzo Strozzi – Florence

Palazzo Strozzi – Florence

Firenze - Piazza Strozzi
closed: open daily
Located in the heart of Florence, Palazzo Strozzi is an art gallery, and exhibition venue, and an iconic masterpiece of Italian Renaissance architecture
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Florence

Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Florence

Firenze - Palazzo Spini Feroni - Piazza Santa Trinità, 5/r
closed: none
The Ferragamo museum in Florence is a must-see for fashion lovers. The museum is focused on the history of one of the most renowned Italian fashion firms
Uffizi Gallery – Florence

Uffizi Gallery – Florence

Firenze - Piazzale degli Uffizi
closed: Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
The Uffizi Gallery (Italian: Galleria degli Uffizi) is a fine art museum in Florence, Tuscany, world-renowned for its collections of old masters' painting

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Florence | interactive installation at the Uffizi

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Adolfo Natalini: the museum of S. Maria del Fiore

Adolfo Natalini: the museum of S. Maria del Fiore

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Pitti Palace “big kitchen” opens to public

Pitti Palace “big kitchen” opens to public

In the year of a World Exposition focused on food the historical cooking facility of the Pitti Palace in Florence has been restored and opened to the public

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Florence | The Costume Gallery. Pitti Palace

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IT4Fashion – exhibition design in Florence by Studio Lauria

IT4Fashion – exhibition design in Florence by Studio Lauria

A ramp, clad with iron plates burnished and slightly oxidized, has been designed by Studio Lauria for the 2016 edition of IT4FASHION, in Florence.

Florence | Equilibrium, exhibition at the Ferragamo Museum

Florence | Equilibrium, exhibition at the Ferragamo Museum

Creations by Ferragamo are placed in direct relationship with sculptures, paintings and installations, creating a multi-face exhibition.

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