Florence Museums and
ABOVE: The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy,
with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori in the distance.
Polo Museale Fiorentino
The official site for Florence's state-run museums has information in both
Italian and English.
Tip: If you're bored by art museums at home, or if you're pressed for time,
skip the big-name museums and just walk around the historic center of Florence.
Visit the major churches--the Duomo, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella--and
stop in at other churches and monuments as time permits.
Along with the
Accademia, the Uffizi is one of the two Florence museums on
most tourists' "must-see" lists. It's mobbed during the tourist season, so book
ahead at the Web site below or by calling Firenze Musei at +39 055 294883
(where you can also reserve tickets for the Accademia).
Institute and Museum of the
History of Science
Art isn't the only attraction on the Florence museum scene. The Istituto e
Museo di Storia della Scienza has some 5,000 items in its collection,
including " the apparatus and scientific instruments of the
Medici and the Lorenese collection of instruments and didactic and experimental
The Florence home of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning is open to visitors
from April through November. (Hours are limited, so plan ahead.) Poetically
inclined travelers can
book an apartment in the house, with a minmum stay of three nights. Also see
of Casa Guidi.
For more museum listings and desceiptions, visit
The Museums of Florence.
Other places to see
On In, the Rose Water's Fine
The founder of Noambit, a travel site
and publisher of audio travel guides, describes a visit to one of the oldest
pharmacies in the world: the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Novella.
To avoid waiting in line, consider booking guided museum and sightseeing tours
before you leave home. Viator guarantees prices in euros, British pounds, and
U.S. or Australian dollars.