The Museums of Florence

Florence itself is a museum, so that along with all of the others that call Florence their home, it can be a little overwhelming to decide which ones are the best to see on a tight schedule.

It is important to keep in mind that Florence receives over 10,000,000 visitors every year; so no matter when you visit, museums will most likely have long lines to get in. In order to skip the lines for you and/or your group, booking tickets in advance is recommended.

But beware, there are many fake sites for these museums on the internet that are not official sites. To help you out, I will provide the proper links in the museum descriptions.

So, here is a list of information for all of the major Museums in Florence and some of the smaller ones if you have the time… or are interested in the weirder side of history.


Galleria Degli Uffizi

The Uffizi is to Florence as The Louvre is to Paris. Works from the greatest artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci can be viewed in this museum. However the museum is huge and going with a guide may help you manage your time without missing a single painting.

What’s there

Where it is

 

The Gallery is right in the city center by the Ponte Vecchio and adjacent to Piazza della Signoria

how to book

Here is the official site

It is possible to book your “skip the line” tickets on the site, but your tour guide can take care of that for you as well.

local Tip

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Galleria dell’Accademia

The famous David by Michelangelo. A sight to behold, but as magnificent as he is, there is much, much more to see in this museum.

What’s there

WHere it is

 
 

The Accademia is a couple blocks north-east of the Duomo.

How to book

here is the official website

It is possible to book your “skip the line” tickets on the site, but your tour guide can take care of that for you as well

The music section of this museum holds one of the few, remaining Stradivarius violins.

local tip

 

Palazzo Pitti & Boboli Gardens

This historic palace holds the painting collection of the Medici family and the tickets include a visit to the palace’s enormous gardens.

What’s there

Where it is

 
 

The Pitti Palace is in the Oltrarno, just on the other side of the Ponte Vecchio

Here is the official link

It is possible to book your “skip the line” tickets on the site, but your tour guide can take care of that for you as well

How to book

local tip

Look for the frame that marks the spot where a painting was stolen durning WWII. The search is still on and the Museum’s director will not quit!

 

Museo Nazionale del Bargello

For those who love art, this museum cannot be missed. It holds sculptures by Donatello, Michelangelo, and Ghiberti- just to name a few.

What’s there

where it is

 
 

The Bargello is directly behind Palazzo Vecchio (in Piazza della Signoria)

here is the official site

Typically this museum does not have a wait, but your tour guide can organize your entrance for you if you wish.

how to book

Local tip

This museum was once a prison, ask your guide for the creepy details.