There’s something about venturing to another territory and exploring the artworks that have made particular areas famous that resonates with travelers. Though spectators of an exhibit may be divided between either art enthusiasts and casual visitors, one thing is certain: historical art masterpieces never fail to amaze the masses.
Florence is one of the top destinations in Italy, given that it’s a land filled with art in all its glorious forms. From grand architecture down to the smallest paintings, you’ll never run out of things to see here. It’s also considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and holds one quarter of the entire planet’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Let that sink in for a moment.
Of course, if your main purpose is to immerse yourself in rich history and art, then look no further than the city’s museums. Here are the some of the best when it comes to showcasing Florence as well as the whole Italian nation’s artistry.
The Uffizi Gallery building itself is already a masterpiece. It’s a 16th century palace that was formerly used as an office of the dukes of Tuscany. The term ‘uffizi’ actually translates to ‘office’.
It doesn’t stop there though. Uffizi Gallery has the world’s largest collection of Renaissance paintings. It’s heaven for an art enthusiast, that’s for sure.
Bargello Museum’s origins date even further back than Uffizi’s. Built as a fortified palace in mid-13th century, it has since become a treasury of priceless artworks.
And while the Uffizi holds paintings, Bargello is more focused on sculptures. Would you like a teaser? The bronze David made by Donatello is housed here. Bargello Museum is near Uffizi as well, so when you’re done with one tour, you can easily head over to Bargello. Prepare for artistry overload.
Leonardo da Vinci Museum
It would seem odd if there wasn’t a museum to honor the great Leonardo da Vinci. The most well-known of all Renaissance master artisans, you can see his handiwork almost everywhere and in everything today including novels that serve as inspirations for films as well as contemporary games that get you acquainted with the works of the legendary artist. “Da Vinci’s Workshop” was also the theme of Burning Man just last week!
The Museum of Leonardo da Vinci displays life-size models of the artist’s inventions, as he was also known for being a brilliant inventor and engineer. It’s great that they also show this side of him and not just his painter persona.
Museo Stefano Bardini and Museo Di San Marco
Of course, aside from the big art houses above, many of the smaller museums are beautiful too. They may be smaller in structural size, but many are packed with impressive collections nonetheless.
Stefano Bardini was an art dealer who distributed Italian art treasures all over the world, but understandably, he had his own private collection. His house was turned into today’s Museo Stefano Bardini.
On the other hand, Museo Di San Marco was an old Dominican convent. Biblical frescoes adorn its walls including the works of Fra Angelico, the most famous of which is The Annunciation.
In a nutshell, it’s impossible to take in all the glorious artistry of Florence in a single trip. Fortunately, you can have a generous serving through the city’s museums. Now you have somewhere to start should you find yourself confused on where to go when visiting the city for the first time. Happy hunting!
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