Florence card museums

With Florence Card, which are the museums worth visiting?

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The Firenze Card allows you to see 72 attractions of Florence in 72 hours, and skip the line at all of them. Realistically, you cannot see all the attractions on the card in just 72 hours.

10 museums worth visiting with Firenze Card

1. Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is probably the most famous gallery in Florence, and holds some of the most famous and spectacular art works from the Renaissance period. In these halls there are works from the greats such as Da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Michelangelo; and the building is as beautiful as the works within it. This gallery is worth visiting with the Firenze card as there are notoriously long lines all year round.

2. The Accademia

If the Uffizi gallery is the most famous in Florence, the Accademia is an incredibly close second. This gallery is most famous for holding Michelangelo's statue of David. Like the Uffizi, there are long lines to get in to this stunning gallery, so it should be on your list of museums to visit with a Firenze Card.

3. Museo Galileo

If you want to take a break from art, go to the Museo Galileo. This is a museum dedicated to technological history, and has the ghoulish finger of Galileo on display in amongst all the tools and trinkets. This gallery is especially good if you are travelling with children.

4. Museum at Piazza del Duomo

The Firenze card will grant you access to the museum that is spread across 3 floors of a building adjacent to the main Cathedral. The museum contains most of the original works of art intended for the main Cathedral building. Some of the attractions include Lorenzo Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, and a pietà by Michelangelo which he made with the intention of placing on his own tomb. In addition the Firenze pass will also give you priority entry to the cathedral, the dome, the bell tower, the baptistery, and the crypt.

5. Museo di Storia Naturale (La Specola)

There are several branches of the Natural history museum in Florence, but if you only have time for one, make it La Specola. This museum is home to the bizarre wax anatomical museum, and it is the oldest public museum in Europe. This museum is surprisingly empty for a tourist-filled city like Florence, and offers a unique alternative to the iconic art galleries.

6. Museo di Palazzo Vecchio

The Palazzo Vecchio is probably on your list of places to visit in a whirlwind visit through Florence, and the Firenze card will allow you to see the interior. This extravagantly decorated palace used to be the centre of Florentine government, and is now a symbol of the city and the current town hall of the city. You will see Renaissance artwork displayed amongst lavish hallways and antique collections, and then climb up the Arnolfo tower for views of the city.

7. Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure

This museum is visited by a lot less people than the more popular museums, but it is well worth taking a look. This museum is dedicated to the history and production of art using semi-precious stones and polychrome marble. After a visit to the Accademia, come to this lesser-known museum which is just around the corner.

8. Museo de San Marco

This museum used to be a convent, and it is worth taking a look for the architecture alone. This is the best place to see the works of renowned renaissance artist Beato Angelico, and should not be missed by art fanatics. San Marco also holds a lot of rich religious and cultural history to be discovered by anyone that visits.

9. Boboli Gardens

Cross the river from the historic centre into the Oltrarno district and you will find the Boboli Gardens. These magnificent gardens are attached to the Pitti Palace, and you could easily spend several hours exploring the grounds and having a picnic in the extensive gardens. You should not miss these magical gardens, filled with grottos, ponds, trees, and acres of grounds to explore.

10. Palazzo Medici Riccardi

If you know anything about the history of Florence, you will know about the old ruling Medici family. The Palazzo Medici Riccardi is one of the most iconic buildings in Florence, giving an insight into the history of art and architecture from the last four hundred years. While you are there you cannot miss the Chapel of Magi, accessible by the grand seventeenth century staircase.

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Aside from Uffizi, the Cupola and the Accademia, which are the obvious choices, there are many museums that are worth visiting in Florence.

For example, the less-know Stibbert Museum which is very interesting. It contains over 36,000 artefacts, including a vast collection of armour from Eastern and Western civilizations.

It ought not to be forgotten to visit the Cappelle Medicee in S.Lorenzo and the “Opificio delle Pietre Dure”, literally meaning Workshop of semi-precious stones, one of the famous artistic workshops of the Italian Renaissance.

Far away from the medieval conception anybody has of Florence, you should visit the “Museo Novecento” which contains many famous workpieces of modern and contemporary art.

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