Guided tours of the museums of Florence

A tour guide can recommend a tour in one of the many museums of Florence.

Florence: guided tours in the museums

Do you know how many the museums in Florence are? Between state, civic and private are more than 60! As a qualified and expert tour guide, I can provide guided tours of the museums of Florence that are state, civic or private, from the best known to the least frequented but equally interesting.

Guided tours to the museums of Florence can be arranged, usually, for small groups or individuals, I can book the tickets as well as radio systems with earphones (now mandatory in many museums). On this page, you will find a non-exhaustive list of museums to visit during your stay in Florence, for other proposals you can contact me directly.

Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery is at the top of the wish list of all lovers of Art and the Florentine Renaissance in particular.

The great masterpieces

Here are Botticelli's masterpieces, Leonardo's early works, the only pictorial work on wood by Michelangelo and then Giotto, Raffaello, Tiziano, Caravaggio.

Booking is recommended

The guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery must be booked in advance due to the large demand.

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From Academia Gallery to Pitti Palace

The Accademia Gallery is visited every year by millions of people who want to have a close encounter with the beauty and perfection of Michelangelo's David. Here there are also other works by Michelangelo but also a unique collection in the world of altarpieces from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Inside the Academy, you can also visit a small but very interesting Museum of musical instruments where the Stradivari tenor viola is preserved.

Our guided visits to the museums of Florence continue with the Palazzo Pitti complex: collections of painting, sculpture and applied arts follow one another in the halls of the palace. The Palatine Gallery houses the gallery of the Grand Dukes, in the Gallery of modern Art are exhibited artworks from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, in the museum of the Treasury of the Grand Duke is preserved the works of jewelry and applied arts belonging to the Medici and the Habsburgs Lorraine families; then there is a small porcelain museum immersed in the Boboli Gardens, the Fashion and Costume Gallery with collections that vary every two years.

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Bargello Museum and Duomo Museum

The first national museum in Italy was the Bargello Museum opened in 1861. It is a little-visited jewel and therefore an oasis of peace where you are surrounded by Renaissance statuary (Michelangelo, Donatello, Verrocchio, Giambologna, Ammannati, Della Robbia , Bernini, etc).

A museum in which I love to take guided tours in Florence is undoubtedly the new Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, recently renovated and made the most accessible and pleasant museum to visit in Florence. Masterpieces such as the original gates of the Baptistery, the reconstruction of the facade of the fourteenth-century Cathedral, the Pietà by Michelangelo and the Maria Maddalena by Donatello are exhibited. You cannot list all the masterfully preserved works in the museum, you must visit it!

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Starting from San Marco…

Speaking of guided visits to less-frequented museums in Florence, a place not to be missed is the Museum of San Marco, an ancient Dominican convent where the cells of the friars and the common areas were frescoed by Fra Angelico and his assistants. Here is the cell where Fra Girolamo Savonarola spent his last hours before being arrested and executed in Piazza della Signoria. A place of peace and beauty that is worth visiting. The Medici Chapels are the right place for lovers of the Medici and Michelangelo families: here are the famous allegories of the Day, Night, Sunrise and Sunset lying on the marble sarcophagi of Lorenzo Duke of Urbino and Giuliano Duke of Nemours. Guided tours can be made in Florence in the museums of the great basilicas: Santa Croce, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, Santo Spirito, San Miniato al Monte. They are paths of faith and art because each basilica retains works of inestimable value within itself.

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The lesser known museum

Last but not least, you can take guided tours of the lesser-known museums in Florence: even if these small pearls are less known it does not mean that they are less interesting. The Horne Museum, for example, is located in a fifteenth-century building and retains much of the furniture of the time; the Stefano Bardini Museum is dedicated to the first Florentine antiquarian who collected extraordinary pieces around Tuscany, most of which form the collection; the Galileo Galilei Museum is for science lovers; the Football Museum is instead located in Coverciano in the home of the Italian national football team; the Zeffirelli Foundation preserves sketches, costumes, documents belonging to the great Florentine director Franco Zeffirelli. As you can see, guided visits to the museums of Florence can respond to any type of interest and together we can choose the ones that best suit your needs.

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