Florence Museum

Uffizi

Uffizi is one of the world’s biggest galleries and on top of that it’s the oldest one. In the Uffizi gallery,  you can walk through more than ten centuries of Italian art and with me, as your private guide, you can do it without any lines, just skip them! If you imagine Florence as a tree, the Florentine museums and galleries would be it’s brunches. They are connected by the name of the great rulers of Florence, the Medici. They were collecting ancient and contemporary art in order to achieve immortality for their name and their birth town. When you think of a gallery, usually you imagine paintings. But it’s not only about paintings. It’s about music, philosophy, science, literature. It’s about everything you are interested in, it’s about life! The list of artworks and painters is too long, but let me mention just a few of them: Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo! We will start to explore the museum with a painting by an young shepherd boy who entered in Cimabue’s workshop to study painting. We are speaking about Giotto. Furthermore we’ll see the Gothic art that was born in France and it was so fashionable and stylish, so colorful and brilliant. In the early 15 century the painter Masaccio based his art on a new kind of realism that signed the beginning of the Renaissance. Then we’ll continue with a monk called Filippo Lippi that found a divine model for Virgin Merry and his pupil Botticelli, who created The Birth of Venus and The Primavera (allegory of Spring), two masterpieces, full of secret stories, like a philosophical... read more

Accademia gallery

The gallery houses seven statues carved by Il Divino, the Divinest sculptor ever known. Michelangelo was often called il Divino in his lifetime. Ever since his spirit wanders in search of the perfect  shape and movement. The perfection is certainly represented by David. Can you believe that David changes expression? I’m not messing with you. He really does! Make the cold marble alive was one of Michelangelo’s purposes. The Accademia Gallery is the place where we can feel the marble dust of his inspiration working on David, on the statues of the Captives, also called Prisons, on Saint Matthew and Pieta di Palestrina.  The background are paintings dating back to 15 and 16century. Through them you’ll learn about life in Renaissance Florence and we’ll talk about banks and money, golden coins and fashion seven hundred years ago. I’ll tell you some secrets about marble and some of the Michelangelo’s ones. I’ll tell you about marble in ancient Rome and in the Middle Ages, about propaganda and religion, about the papacy and about the Medici, the magnificent rulers of Florence. If you love music you’ll be able to visit the collection of musical instruments of the Grand Prince Ferdinand. Some of them were decorated especially for the Medici house, others are very strange and amusing, but the masterpiece is a violin made by the world famous maestro Stradivari from Cremona  Stradivari. This tour is with a skip the line... read more

Palatina Gallery

In the Palatina Gallery you’ll learn the history of three dynasties taking residence in the Pitti palace. The first of them was the Medici one, then after its extinction the palazzo past to the new Grand Duks of Tuscany, the Austrian house of Lorrain. When in 19c Tuscany past to the house of Savoy and Florence was briefly the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, the Pitti Palace became the residence of the King Vittorio Emanuele II. Palatina gallery is the main gallery of the Pitti Palace and houses a collection of over 500 paintings from 15 to 18 c. This is my favorite gallery, because the character of the gallery is still that of a private collection, and the works of art are displayed in the rooms for which they were intended rather than following a chronological sequence, according to the contemporary museum criteria. W’ll start in the rich decorated grand ballroom called the White Hall. It is the first of a series of rich decorated rooms with frescoed ceilings and walls covered with silks and paintings in wonderful frames. Some rooms were dedicated to the planets and were frescoed in baroque style by Pietro da Cortona, who was the favorite painter of the Pope Barberini. Others were decorated by Tuscan painters. In Palatina gallery you’ll admire a unique collection of art works, but let’s not forget the extraordinary body of paintings. Eleven of them are by Rafael, ten by his college from Venice, Titian. The art of the tuscans Filippo Lippi, Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, Cigoli is represented too and certainly Caravaggio and Rubens are  not to... read more

Bargello

The fortress called Bargello is the one those that makes your blood run cold. If you love scary stories it is not to be missed. It was the hardest prison in medieval Florence, where the criminals were hung. But today it is one of the most important sculpture museums with a wonderful collection of statues from 13 to 17century and very rich and interesting collections of coins, ivory and paintings by Flemish and Tuscan painters. In Bargello we’ll admire three of the five sculptures of David, carved by Donatello and Verrocchio. We can re-create the competition for the Paradise Gate through the models submitted by Brunelleschi and Ghiberti and we’ll talk one more time about Michelangelo, il Divino in front of Bacchus, the first statue that he carved in Rome when he was 22. The tour will end in the suggestive courtyard, where in summer are organized concerts. We’ll talk about jurisdiction and social policy in the Middle Ages and certainly about art and artists, bishops and... read more

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