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Florence, Italy, City Trip - Attractions




Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to Florence.
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ENTERTAINMENT

Circo-lo Teatro del Sale
Via dei Macci 111r
055 200 149
www.teatrodelsale.com
An unusual enclave of entertainment that entitles members to enjoy a club-like atmosphere in which to be wined, dined and entertained.


Teatro Comunale
Corso Italia, 16
055 213 535
www.maggiofiorentino.com
A 2,000-seat auditorium with an orchestra, choir and dance company that performs throughout the year.

MUSEUMS

Cenacolo di Santo Spirito
Piazza Santo Spirito, 29
055 287 043
The former refectory of the unique Church of Santo Spirito is noteworthy for its "Last Supper" fresco.

Galleria d'Arte Moderna
Piazza Pitti, 1
055 238 8616
Part of the Pitti Palace, this museum celebrates 150 years of Italian painting, the majority of which focuses on Tuscan artists.

Galleria dell'Accedemia
Via Ricasoli, 60
055 238 8609
Not far from the Duomo, this popular museum houses a vast collection of Florentine paintings and unfinished works by Michelangelo. It is also shrine to his powerful, lifelike statue of David.

Galleria degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
055 238 8651
The world's largest collection of Italian art, the Uffizi is home to early works by Giotto and Cimabue, masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, Tiepolo, Titian and the wildly popular Birth of Venus by Botticelli.

Galleria Palatina
Piazza Pitti, 1
055 238 8614
The Galleria Palatina, the main museum in the Pitti Palace, showcases not only Italian masters such as Raphael and Titian but also Flemish and Spanish painting.

Museo delle Cappelle Medicee
Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini
055 238 85
Part of the Church of San Lorenzo, the Medici Chapels are a unique mix of stone and marble, designed by Michelangelo and containing the richly decorated tombs of the Medici family.

Santa Croce

Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce
Piazza Santa Croce, 16
055 244 619
An annex of the Church of Santa Croce containing artistic treasures that were once found in the wood-beamed basilica.

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Piazza Duomo, 9
055 230 2885
Discover more about the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore by visiting The Museum of the Opera del Duomo, which houses a collection of the beautiful sculptures that once adorned the Duomo.

Museo Marino Marini
Piazza San Pancrazio
www.museomarinomarini.it
One of Italy's most famous contemporary sculptors, Marino Marini, is honored here in a handsomely renovated former church.

MNAF Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia
Piazza Santa Maria Novella 14a rosso
055 216 310
www.alinarifondazione.it
Opened in October 2006 and located in the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the museum is dedicated to the history and technological evolution of photography.

Museo Nazionale del Bargello

Via del Proconsolo, 4
055 238 8606
The national museum possesses a spectacular selection of sculptures spanning three centuries including several statues by Michelangelo and an entire gallery dedicated to Donatello and his bronze statue of David.

Musei del Palazzo Pitti
Galleria Palatina
Piazza Pitti, 1
055 238 8614
This gigantic stone palace, whose pure Renaissance design can be attributed to the school of Brunelleschi, belonged to the Medici family who took up official residence here in 1550. Today the palace is an unconventional and fascinating amalgam of museums containing eclectic collections belonging to various members of the Medici family throughout the ages.

Museo degli Argenti
Piazza Pitti, 1
055 2388 709
Displays silver but also other types of jewels, most of which belonged personally to the Medici.

PALACES

Palazzo Medici-Riccardi
Via Cavour, 3
055 276 0340
www.palazzo-medici.it
Designed by architect Michelozzo in the mid 15th century, the palace represents typical Florentine Renaissance architecture and contains a rich collection of art including the exceptionally frescoed Chapel of the Magi.

Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi
055 277 6461/06
www.palazzostrozzi.org
15th-century palace and cultural center that represents the epitome of Italian Renaissance architecture.

Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
055 276 8465
Private residence of Cosimo dei Medici in the 16th century, the luxuriously decorated palace boasts fine fresco work, including a series by Vasari that celebrates the ruling Medici and the city of Florence.

PARKS

Boboli Gardens - Giardino di Boboli
Piazza Pitti, 1
055 238 8615
Purchased by the Medici in 1550 and slowly transformed over the years with the addition of architectural landscaping, statuary, and ponds, the Boboli Gardens are known worldwide for the large grotto designed by Bernardo Buontalenti.

RESIDENCES
Casa Buonarroti

Casa Buonarroti
Via Ghibellina 70
055 241 752
The former home of Michelangelo is now a pleasant small museum containing several noteworthy works by its legendary former proprietor, including a wooden crucifix and two bas-relief statues.

Casa di Dante
Via Santa Margherita, 1
055 283 343
This charming little house where Dante is said to have been born in 1265 is now a museum containing several editions of the author's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Divina Cucina
Via Taddea, 31
055 292 578 
www.divinacucina.com
A popular cooking school that offers Tuscan cookery classes that include tasting tours of local food markets.


The Mall
Via Europa 8,

50060 Leccio Reggello
055 8657 775
www.fondazionepalazzostrozzi.it
A fashion outlet shopping center with designer boutiques that include Bottega Veneta, Ungaro, Zegna, Gucci, Hogan, La Perla, Loro Piana, Ferragamo, Rossi, Tod's and Valentino.


RESOURCES

For more information, visit the Florence Tourism Office, www.firenzeturismo.it.


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(Updated: 02/21/13 CT)

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