Florence is home to 70 museums, both large and small, but its art history is mainly concentrated in three of the city’s most visited galleries—the Uffizi, the Palatine at the Pitti Palace and the Academia.
The Uffizi holds the Medici family collection, which begins with Cosimo I and ends with the last Medici, Anna Maria Luisa. It includes 2,000 works on display, with just as many works in storage. The Palatine Gallery collection of paintings and furniture was primarily acquired in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Medici and Lorraine Grand Dukes. It consists of 1,000 works, displayed in six different galleries. The Academia originally collected Florentine masterpieces, particularly Michelangelo’s works. It was created to train students from the Academy of Fine Arts, next door, in the art of drawing.
But what about the lesser-known museums and places of interest? Below are a few of options for those looking for alternative ways to enjoy this wonderful art-filled city.
Piazza San Felice, 8
Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday,
3pm–6pm; April to November