Florence museums are some of the most popular in Italy. From art, architecture, sculpture, and mathematics to history, archeology, physics, astronomy, and even fashion, the list, and variety of museums to see in Florence are endless. In fact, overflowing with masterpieces, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance could easily pass for a city-wide open-air museum. The quaint piazzas and buildings themselves are an honorable testament to the city’s history. Its streets boast achievements in art and architecture. Florence's churches, palaces and cathedral were designed, constructed and decorated by some of the most illustrious of architects and artists. You will come across works by Michelangelo or Brunelleschi and be able to appreciate them freely, from the outside.
However, to see the city from a more intimate perspective, the perspective that hides most of its treasures, you will need to peek indoors. In other words, you will have to visit at least one or two of Firenze museum. There, masterfully executed paintings, sculptures, and frescoes will help you learn about the lifestyle and inventions of the past. The best museums in Florence, as well as the most famous ones, are the Uffizi and Accademia. You can buy Uffizi and Accademia tickets to visit both museums. While they are unmistakably the highlight of the city’s collections, there are many more exciting museums to see in Florence.
To learn about the lifestyle and business of the ruling Medici family, pop inside the Palazzo Vecchio or Palazzo Pitti. Don't forget to peek inside its stunningly artist gardens as well! The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo will introduce you to the eventful and lengthy history of the planning, constructing and reconstructing of Florence’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its famous Duomo. Ospedale degli Innocenti, former hospital, and orphanage boasts frescoes, paintings, and essential artifacts. Furthermore, Museo di Galileo Galilei is a treat for math and science lovers. Or, those with a weak spot for fashion, Gucci Museum is always ready to tickle your fashion sense. And these are just the tip of the iceberg!
You can choose to buy your Florence museums tickets individually. But, if planning to visit more than one, it's smart to go for a Florence museum pass. For those with a thirst for history and information, we recommend browsing through the many Florence museum tours which often come with a multilingual guide and a priority access!
Where is Florence?
Florence is the capital city of Tuscany, a region on the west coast of central Italy. Sitting in a green valley on the banks of Arno River on a major historical trading route, the city and its surroundings boast of cultural and culinary treasures.
Why is Florence important?
Florence used to be a center of European trade and finance and one of the richest cities of Middle Ages. It is widely considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. In fact, many called it the Athens of the Middle Ages. Today, Florence continues to be an important city. It plays a major role in Italian fashion (one of the top 15 fashion capitals of the world), it’s a major baking and economic center, as well as an industrial and tourist hub.
How to get to Florence?
From Rome, Florence is easily accessible by car or bus. However, Rome to Florence train connections is winning the convenience contest. For detailed information on how to travel from Rome to Florence by train, check out a detailed guide in our magazine. On the other hand, if you are traveling from other European Metropol, you can also take advantage of the Florence airport.
What are the main Florence Museums?
The most important Florence museums include:
- Accademia Gallery with Statue of David
- Uffizi Gallery
- Palazzo Pitti
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
Do I need to reserve Firenze museum tickets in advance?
If you plan on visiting any of the major museums, we highly recommend booking Florence museum tickets online or tours in advance. Otherwise, you are risking losing time in slow-moving lines or missing out on the experience altogether.
Are Florence museums costly?
Florence museums prices range between 15 € to 30 €. Though they are not the cheapest of attractions, these galleries and museums are some of the best in their respective fields. This means you will be getting your money’s worth.
Do I need a guide?
Though it’s not absolutely necessary, a Florence museum guided tours always manages to enrich your experience. For instance, it’s quite a quest to go through the Uffizi collection alone. There’s just so much to see! Also, consider booking guided tours of the busiest museums as being part of a group gives you access privileges.
Can I get a museum tour in my language?
While it’s unlikely to be the case for the smaller museums, Uffizi, Accademia and Pitti Palace are sure to offer tours in a wide selection of languages. Check our offering for tours in your native language!
- Make your Florence museum reservations in advance
- Wear comfy shoes
- Beware of pickpockets in crowded places