Churches and Museums of Florence
It is possible to change or add to the “FLORENCE ITINERARY” tour by visiting some of the most prestigious museums and churches of the city with your local guide:
- Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi). The oldest and most important art gallery in Italy which houses many of the most famous works of art in the world from the 13th — 18th centuries. The Vasari Corridor (Corridoio Vasariano), the elevated enclosed passageway which connects Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti crossing the river at Ponte Vecchio, is part of the gallery.
- Accademia Gallery Museum (Galleria dell’Accademia). This is where Michelangelo’s colossal masterpiece, David, is housed together with other celebrated sculptures of his such as ‘Slaves’ (Prigioni). The painting collection of the Early Renaissance is also extremely impressive.
- Museum of San Marco. This Renaissance convent gave hospitality to the controversial Dominican friar, Savonarola, and was also a source of inspiration for the Dominican painter, Fra Angelico. Some of his most important works can be admired here, including his famous cycle of frescoes.
- Bargello Museum. The Bargello houses the largest collection of Renaissance statues including those by Ghiberti, Donatello, and Michelangelo. There is also an extraordinary collection of works of the “minor” arts such as ceramics, arms, Della Robbia glazed terracotta, bronzes, and various other objects.
- Archeological Museum. Here you can find the most important archeological finds in Tuscany, predominantly dating back to Etruscan and Roman times.
- Complex of San Lorenzo. The church of the complex was designed by Brunelleschi. The Medici family chose it as their place of worship and final resting place. Highly suggestive are the ‘Sagrestia Vecchia’ (Old Sacristy) and the renowned ‘Sagrestia Nuova’ (New Sacristy), which accommodates the Medici family tombs sculpted by Michelangelo. The cloister houses the Laurentian Library (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana), magnificently designed by Michelangelo.
- Santissima Annunziata. The breathtaking interior of the church showcases Florentine Mannerist and Baroque styles.
- Santa Maria Novella. A 13th-century Dominican church subsequently redesigned by Leon Battista Alberti. Inside, it is possible to admire works of art by many of the most important Florentine artists such as Giotto, Masaccio, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, and Filippo Lippi.
Please note: Each of the above has an entrance fee. Entrance fees are extra.