Artemisia Gentileschi & Da Vinci Discoveries

“Hidden in plain sight” is a phrase that is thrown around freely nowadays. Paintings like “Saint Catherine of Alexandria” by Artemisia Gentileschi and Leonardo da Vinci’s Sketch 8P, located in two separate sections of the Uffizi Gallery, however, prove that the saying is not to be taken lightly. Secrets concerning the artists as well as their techniques have just been uncovered in both works and the discoveries made public.  Gentileschi Artemisia Gentileschi had [...]

Florence Museums Open on Labor Day, May 1

Visitors and residents alike looking to experience the wonders of Florence’s museums can still do so on the May 1 public holiday. The following is a compiled list of participating museums which will be open. The Accademia. Via Ricasoli, 58-60. 8:15 am – 6:50 pm. The Uffizi Gallery. Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6. ­8:15 am – 6:50 pm. Boboli Gardens. Piazza Pitti, 1. 8:15 am – 6:30 pm. Brancacci Chapel. Piazza del Carmine, 14. [...]

A Chagall Exhibit Stands With Notre Dame

In the aftermath of the fire at Paris’s the Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, a renowned self-portrait by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall has been put on display in the entrance of the Palatine Gallery at Florence’s Pitti Palace in solidarity on behalf of the Uffizi Galleries.  Formerly housed in the Vasari Corridor, the painting had been moved to storage as renovation of the corridor begins. Chagall himself donated this spectacular piece in 1976. The [...]

March 17 Open House at the Pitti Museums & Boboli

All the museums in the Pitti Palace in addition to the Boboli Gardens will be accessible at no cost on Sunday, March 17 to commemorate the period when Florence was the capital of Italy.  The Kingdom of Italy’s rulers, of the House of Savoy, resided in the complex. From 8:15 am to 6:50 pm, guests can tour, for free:  the Palatine Gallery; the Fashion and Costume Gallery; the Modern Art Museum: the Porcelain [...]

All-in-One Ticket for Five Florence Museums

Now, for the price of one ticket, guests can visit five of Florence’s most prominent museums including the Bargello National Sculpture Museum, the Medici Chapels, Palazzo Davanzati Renaissance Home Museum, Casa Martelli Historical House Museum and the Orsanmichele. The new Uam Pass costs 50 euros and is good for a whole year, making access to some of the most iconic art collections, world class museums and top attractions effortless. The ticket will also [...]

Free City Museums for Gen Z & Under

Young people ages 18 – 25 with passports issued by countries belonging to the European Union are granted free admission to Florence’s city-run museums on Monday beginning on January 21.  Whether resident of Florence or not, those falling in that age bracket who display identification that fulfills the requirement will be waived ticket fees at Palazzo Vecchio, the Brancacci Chapel, the Bardini Museum, the Novecento Museum of 20th Century Art as well as [...]

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, [...]