5 Museums Most Tourists Miss in Florence

Like A Local Guide • 17 May, 2016

Sure, the Uffizi and the Accademia are both staggeringly dense with masterpieces, but plenty of other museums in Florence are well worth a visit, each with a “wow” factor of their own. Our Florence local Mary recommends that you check out some of these places, which are all jam-packed with interesting things to see. Plus, they never bring about crowd-induced claustrophobia!

1. Bardini Museum

In the 19th century, collector, arts patron and antique dealer Stefano Bardini built this complex to house his expansive collection of furniture, antiques, paintings, fountains, sculptures and more. The fact that it’s a private collection makes it truly interesting, and also gives some insight into Bardini himself. Since it holds over 2000 pieces, it’s one of those museums you can visit repeatedly and still find something new and unnoticed each time.

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2. Bargello Museum

Housed in a former prison, the Bargello Museum holds one of Florence’s most impressive art collections, yet it’s often overlooked by tourists. This means that you’ll never have to wait in long lines or get elbowed by antsy viewers eager to snap photos of the art. What you will find, however, are artworks by world-class artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello and Brunelleschi.

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3. Gucci Museum

As a matter of fact, Milan hasn’t always been the fashion capital of Italy. From the Renaissance up until the 20th century, trends came primarily from Florence. The Gucci Museum is just one of the many testaments to Florence’s longstanding status as a fashion hub. Admission is €7, but on Thursdays from 8 pm the fee is reduced to €5.

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4. Museo del Novecento

This is another museum housed in an unusual building – in an old hospital to be exact. The Museo del Novecento feels like a breath of fresh Florentine air after all the Renaissance art. The artwork on display here is from the 20th century.

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5. Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

Salvatore Ferragamo was an icon in the shoemaking world, and his magnificent creations have convinced even the cynics that shoes can be works of art. The museum is located right at the end of Florence’s most exclusive style street – Via Tornabuoni. Make time for window shopping before or after visiting the museum!

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For more local recommendations read:
What locals like to do in Florence
Where locals like to eat in Florence
Where locals like to party in Florence

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