Raphael & Rubens Show Extended at the Horne

Until September 30, 2018: Raphael, Rubens , Tiepolo and Others: Studies from the 16th to the 18th Centuries.  Horne Museum, via de’ Benci 6.  Open daily 10 am – 2 pm, closed Wednesday and holidays. Admission € 7, € 5. While tourists may flood the Uffizi’s hallowed halls, Florence is host to a number of treasure-filled, lesser-known museums. Inside Florence’s historic Horne Museum is the late English architect and art historian Herbert Percy Horne’s extensive [...]

Palazzo Pitti Celebrates “The Elegance of Speed”

A new exhibition exploring the 20th century fascination with speed and the automobile in Tuscany and Florence comes to Palazzo Pitti’s Andito degli Angiolini this week. The show, titled The Elegance of Speed, is predominantly comprised of 90 shots, dated 1934 – 1965, selected from the Foto Locchi archive. A graceful touch of Italian fashion permeates every photograph, from the beautiful grayscale composition to the tasteful curvature of the vehicles themselves. The evolution [...]

A New Room for Michelangelo & Raphael in the Uffizi

Michelangelo’s famous Tondo Doni and Raphael’s Madonna del Cardellino headline the opening of a new room on the second floor of the Uffizi Gallery dedicated to showcasing the greats of the Renaissance. In total, 11 masterworks from the 15th century are brought together, normally displayed in disparate areas of the museum, as well as in the Pitti Palace. The rich colors of the pieces stand out against the light grey walls of the [...]

Holiday Weekend Museum & Park Openings

Through May 1, the Bardini Gardens is offering guided tours of the grounds with a special focus on its magnificent arbor of wisteria (see a Repubblica Firenze slide show) with an overlook of the city.  The hour-and-a-half visit, which starts at 5 pm, is guided by a landscape architect who will provide insight into the botany, design and history of the space.  Reservations at www.beemyguide.com. Wander through the grove of traditional Tuscan fruit trees, [...]

Florence’s State-Run Museums Free to Women on Mar. 8

On International Women’s Day, state-run museums in Florence will be free of charge to women.  These include the Uffizi Gallery (8 am – 7 pm); the Palatine Gallery (8 am – 7 pm), the Porcelain Museum (8 am – 6:30 pm), the Costume Gallery and the Silver Museum in the Pitti Palace (8 am – 7 pm); the Academy Gallery (8 am – 6:30 pm); the Bargello (National Sculpture Museum) (8 am – [...]

Giotto Madonna Moved to the Cathedral Museum

After 25 years away from public display, Giotto’s work Madonna alla Costa has found a new home in Florence’s Cathedral Museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo). The Renaissance artist Giotto di Bondone (1270 – 1337), most commonly known as simply Giotto, has works that are exhibited also globally, reaching the MET gallery in New York. Giotto was not just a painter. He is famous for designing the bell tower of the Duomo and the [...]

Digital Postcards from the Duomo

From reality to virtual to back to reality, the Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore has made another untraditional move to prevent vandalism on the tops of Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Giotto’s Bell Tower. When the accumulation of graffiti at the tops of some of Florence’s most historical monuments were cleaned about a year and a half ago, a modern and stainless era of graffiti was introduced.  Read details on the project’s launch here. A [...]

Guided Tours at an Unbeatable Price

With the arrival of autumn, the association MUS.E is offering residents and tourists guided tours at many state-run museums in Santo Spirito, San Frediano and Santa Maria Novella every day in October except Tuesday at a nominal fee. The tour costs €2 for residents and €4 for non-residents, in addition to the standard entry price. The Brancacci Chapel (Santa Maria del Carmine, Piazza del Carmine) is a true and authentic treasure reflecting the [...]

Museums and Sights in Florence

Facciata del Duomo di Firenze

Amici degli Uffizi The Amici degli Uffizi (Friends of the Uffizi) pass is one of the best deals in Florence. Included in one annual payment are unlimited trips to any of the 23 state-run museums, including the Medici villas. An adult pass costs € 60; family of two adults and two children under 18 years of age € 100; students and people up to 26 years of age € 40. amicidegliuffizi.it Uffizi Gallery [...]