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Galleria degli Uffizi
January 16, 2023

Must-see museums in Florence

From Renaissance to contemporary art, our selection of must-see museums in the city

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and its historical and artistic heritage has always fascinated visitors from all over the world. Churches, monuments and palaces, created by some of the most illustrious artists of all time, from Brunelleschi to Michelangelo, bear witness to the history, art and architecture of past eras. A true open-air museum, but also rich in treasures hidden within its beautiful museums. But what are the must-see museums in Florence? Let's find out together!

HERE instead is our selection of lesser-known museums, but definitely worth a visit!

Undoubtedly one of the most important museums in the world, endowed with an immense artistic heritage. Among the masterpieces on display: the great altarpieces by Cimabue and Giotto, a rich overview of the 15th century in Tuscany and central Italy, from the Madonna and Child with Saint Anne by Masaccio and Masolino, to Filippo Lippi and Botticelli, with The Birth of Venus and The Spring. Caravaggio's Bacchus opens the series of seventeenth-century works, rich in works from the most important European schools, from Rubens to Van Dyck, to Rembrandt's Self-portraits; finally, Canaletto and Guardi, together with Longhi and Tiepolo, offer an overview of the eighteenth century. The gallery also hosts antique sculptures, miniatures and tapestries from the Medici collections. By the name Uffizi Galleries, we refer not only to the aforementioned gallery, but also to the Vasari Corridor (currently closed but in which we give you an unprecedented tour), the collections of the Pitti Palace, and the Boboli Gardens. HERE our detailed itinerary to discover the Uffizi Galleries and the must-see masterpieces, HERE the 10 must-see works.

Tondo Doni, Michelangelo

It is also called the Michelangelo Museum because, of all the museums in the world, it exhibits the largest number of statues by the famous Italian Renaissance artist. One above all is the David, symbol of Florence in the world and a masterpiece of the Renaissance, but also the Prisoners, the St. Matthew and the Palestrina Pietà. It is worth a visit not only for Michelangelo's masterpieces, but also for Giambologna's The Rape of the Sabine Women, Botticelli's Madonna and Child and Madonna of the Sea, and works by Perugino, Filippino Lippi, Pontormo and Bronzino. Also part of the Accademia Gallery is the recently acquired Museum of Musical Instruments, which boasts a violin that belonged to Stradivari and the oldest upright piano preserved to date. HERE all the curiosities and must-see works at the Accademia Gallery; while HERE you can listen to our video interview with Cecilie Hollberg.

Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze @guido cozzi

A museum conceived as a didactic route to discover the places and artists that gave life to the monumental complex of the Opera, the cradle of the Renaissance. There are sketches, sculptures and many original masterpieces of art that have decorated the monuments of Piazza del Duomo over the centuries: from Michelangelo to Donatello, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and many others. Among the works not to be missed: the Pietà Bandini, Mary Magdalene and The Gates of Paradise. HERE our in-depth look at the museum and everything you should not miss during your visit.

Museo dell'Opera Duomo

A palace that contains six museums: the Palatine Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Costume and Fashion, Imperial and Royal Apartments, Treasury of the Grand Dukes, Museum of Russian Icons. Among these, primacy of beauty goes to the Palatine Gallery: twenty-eight rooms on the second floor, with the Uffizi is the richest collection of late Renaissance and Baroque art: works by Raphael, including the Madonna dell'Impannata and that of the Seggiola, the great Mannerists from Andrea del Sarto to Pontormo and Rosso, to Rubens, Tintoretto and Reni. The Gallery of Modern Art is located in the rooms once the residence of the Lorraine family, on the second floor of the Pitti Palace, from which there is a magnificent view of both Florence and the Boboli Gardens. Its collections of sculptures and paintings range from the late eighteenth century to the early decades of the twentieth century and are still growing today through donations and purchases. Among the various artists present are F. Hayez, S. Lega, T. Signorini, G. Fattori, C. Pissarro, M. Rosso, G. Boldini, and P. Nomellini.

Palatine Gallery, ph. Pasquale Paradiso
  • PALAZZO STROZZI

A masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and a cultural centre of international standing, Palazzo Strozzi is a reference point for enjoying art through a rich programme of exhibitions and cultural activities. The symbol of the Palazzo is its Renaissance courtyard, in which beautiful installations by contemporary artists are organised. The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi has produced and organised over fifty exhibitions ranging from ancient to modern and contemporary art, involving great artists such as Marina Abramović and Tomàs Saraceno or critically acclaimed exhibitions such as Verrocchio, Leonardo's master, Donatello or American Art 1961-2001. From March 4 to June 18, 2023 the exhibition Reaching for the Stars. From Maurizio Cattelan to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Facciata Palazzo Strozzi foto Alessandro Moggi


This monument is the symbol of the city and has been the seat of the city government for over seven centuries. From the remains of the Roman theatre preserved underground, we move on to the sumptuous rooms of the Salone dei Cinquecento and the spectacular panoramic views of the patrol walkway and the Torre di Arnolfo. Among the masterpieces in the building are Donatello's Judith, Bronzino's paintings in the Eleonora Chapel and Michelangelo's Genius of Victory. HERE all the secrets of Palazzo Vecchio.

The amazing view of the Duomo from Palazzo Vecchio’s 95-meter-high Arnolfo Tower

It is the museum dedicated to sculpture, and is part, together with the Medici Chapels, Orsanmichele, Palazzo Davanzati and Casa Martelli, of the Bargello Museums. Its collection of Renaissance statues is considered among the most important in the world: it houses masterpieces by Michelangelo, Donatello, Ghiberti, Cellini, Giambologna, Ammannati and other important sculptors. The name comes from the Bargello Palace, also known as the Palazzo del Popolo. HERE our detailed tour inside the Museum!

Bargello e Badia Fiorentina

The San Marco museum is an architectural masterpiece by Michelozzo commissioned by Cosimo dei Medici. It was Savonarola's home and houses the world's largest collection of works by Beato Angelico, including the Annunciation. The museum also includes other works of important historical-artistic value, first and foremost Ghirlandaio's Last Supper, then Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio's Madonna with a Girdle, Paolo Uccello's Madonna and Child, and minor works such as the famous portrait of Girolamo Savonarola and the Della Robbia's terracotta invitriate. The museum's beautiful library is also worth seeing.

MUSEO SAN MARCO - Beato Angelico - HALL

  • MUSEO NOVECENTO

It is dedicated to 20th-century Italian art and offers a selection of works from the civic collections, which broadly illustrate Italian art from the first half of the 20th century. In addition to a permanent collection, the Museo Novecento organises and hosts exhibitions, presentations, screenings and concerts designed as moments of critical study on the 20th century. Among the most recent important exhibitions to be held in the Museum is Tony Cragg.

Museo Novecento Firenze (Courtesy Muse)

The museum owes its birth to Frederick Stibbert, a wealthy collector and entrepreneur of the 1800s, and today houses the extensive collection of arms, armour, costumes and objects from various eras and origins, collected by Stibbert during his lifetime and donated to the city of Florence, together with the Villa, at his death. The opportunity to take a journey through time in a period residence furnished with antiques from all over the world. HERE our in-depth look at the museum.

Museo Stibbert

  • MUSEO DI ORSANMICHELE

Located in the loggia of Orsanmichele, the museum houses on the first floor many original sculptures by the most famous Florentine artists from the 15th to the 16th century. The top floor houses Gothic sculptures. The building was built in 1337 to house the commune's grain; the loggia was closed and transformed into a church at the end of the 14th century, frescoed and adorned with a grand marble and mosaic tabernacle by Andrea Orcagna.

Museo di Orsanmichele. Primo piano

  • MUSEO DEGLI INNOCENTI

The Museum is located in the monumental complex designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, home of the Istituto degli Innocenti. Created to display the works of art of the ancient Spedale, a large children's home, the Museum has been transformed into an itinerary that allows visitors to discover a unique cultural heritage because it is profoundly linked to the work carried out in favour of children who could not be raised by their families of origin. It also often hosts major exhibitions.

Museo degli Innocenti

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