Two Great Museums to Explore in Florence
If you’re looking for an Italian holiday that offers experiences rich in history, cultural traditions, and unique cuisine, look no further than Tuscany. Villa rental in this region offers an authentic taste of both the new and old Mediterranean lifestyle, and visitors can take advantage of both the cultural offerings in the towns and cities, and also the natural landscapes. Those who travel there are drawn to experience the beauty of the rolling hills and appreciate the more than 100 nature reserves.
Whether you’re based in a city centre or in one of the charming rural areas in Tuscany, villa accommodation abounds. Staying in this kind of accommodation will afford you plenty of opportunities to learn about Italy’s living history through its museums. Below you can read about two of the region’s best museums and what you can find in each. Whatever your interests – be they natural history, art, cooking, or ancient history – there is almost certainly something that you’ll find interesting in one of Florence’s many museums.
The Uffizi Gallery in the region’s capital, Florence, is one of the most visited museums in Italy, with over 1.5 million visitors annually. And when you wander around the unusual building soaking up the art and history on display, you realize that it’s no wonder people come here in such large numbers. It was built for Cosimo de’Medici, by the famous architect Giorgio Vasari, to be an impressive building to house magistrates and a theatre; in modern times it has been given new life as one of the most highly acclaimed museums in the world.
Among its collections you can find the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo. Be sure to take the time to marvel over Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Titian’s Venus of Urbino – some of the most famous works in European art history. However, bear in mind the queues can be very long, so be sure to book ahead online to avoid a long wait.
The Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens
Housed in a most impressive Tuscany villa, the Palazzo Pitti and the adjoining Boboli Gardens are a must-see attraction for art lovers travelling to Florence. Originally designed by the famed Filippo Brunelleschi for the Pitti family in 1457, it went through the hands of several prominent Italian families, including the Medicis. Now it is one of the country’s most important museums, containing art from the early Renaissance all the way to the 21st century (in the Gallery of Modern Art on the top floor). The main gallery contains European and Italian Renaissance masters such as Titian, Correggio, Rubens, and Raphael. There are also porcelain galleries and a costume collection that are both very popular with visitors. After viewing the collections spend some time in the Boboli Gardens, the largest monumental green space in the city. This is a great way to see a great historical Tuscany villa and its grounds, as you step back through history.
Giovanni Balboni works for To Tuscany, who specialise in finding the perfect Tuscany villa in Chianti as well as selected villas in Umbria and Puglia. To Tuscany is proud of their villas and their reputation. All our Tuscan properties are personally selected and visited by our representatives to ensure we offer only the best in the region.