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Three Days of Museums in Florence

August 19, 2012

Might as well as hit up some museums when in Florence, right? Right. We splurged for the “FirenzeCard” at 50€ each, which gave us admission to all state museums, and then some, for 72 hours. If you’re only interested in Accademia (for David) and Uffizi (for Birth of Venus), it’s not worth the price. However, it does grant you line-skipping privileges, and offered us the opportunity to visit some museums that we might not have otherwise considered visiting.


Early morning at the Duomo


Our three-day museum extravaganza went something like this:


  1. Galleria dell’Accademia—this is where Michelangelo’s David is. There was also a special modern art exhibit (a “surprise treat,” as John says), which included Picasso and Warhol’s Last Supper).
  2. Museo di San Marco—it’s in an old monastery and features the works of monk-artist Fra Beatro Angelico.
  3. Orto Botanico—or as John calls is, “Mosquito and Big Fake Dinosaurs that Jesus Rode in On” Garden.
  4. Museo dell’Opificio delle Pietre Dure—it’s the precious stone museum that is, literally, 3 steps out of our apartment doorway across the street. It is unassuming, uncrowded, and unbelievable. This was our favorite museum, showcasing amazing artwork made of inlaid precious stones.
  5. Palazzo Medici Ricardi—the Medici palace that they sold to the Ricardi family, who expanded the palace.
  6. Galleria degli Uffizi—a large museum with Renaissance masterpieces, including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. We wandered through the Humanist and the Gothic movements.
  7. Museo Galileo—a small, beautiful, modern museum with examples of Newtonian telescopes and mathematical and time instruments that were invented based on Galileo’s work. There was also a special exhibit here, Geometrie dell’Illusione–an exhibit of optical illusions where art meets science; apropos for the Galileo museum.
  8. Palazzo Vecchio—the Vecchio palace, with amazing gilded ceilings and views of the Duomo.

Not bad for three days, especially considering that we were home by 1pm every day. Some picture highlights:

John in the private bedroom of Cosimo di Medici in the museo di San Marco (#2).


At the Palazzo Vecchio, taken from the rooftop café of Uffizi (#6 and #8).


Cabinet in the Palazzo Vecchio, similar to the inlaid stone work we saw at the museo dell’Opificio delle Pietre Dure (#4).


From the Uffizi, with the Duomo. 9am, and it’s a gazillion degrees (Celsius) already (#6).


The Ponte Vecchio.


“Home by 1pm every day?” you ask, “but what did you do for the rest of the day?” Stay tuned for how we beat the heat in Florence…


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