Everyone knows that Tuscany hosts a huge number of museums. In their rooms the masterpieces of the greatest artists ever existed, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Giotto and Donatello are kept. Even in terms of styles, artistic currents and eras, there is a lot of choice, it all depends on what you prefer.
Being a visit to Tuscany the best thing to do is to stay in one of the many villas in tuscany, so that you can make this trip truly unforgettable.
In this article we will therefore talk about the museums that you absolutely must visit if you have opted for Tuscany.
The Uffizi Gallery
Being able to enter the Uffizi Gallery is a real challenge because of the queues, crowds and difficulties to find the right door to access and 141 steps to reach the loggia of the second floor. But it’s really worth it because here are the finely frescoed ceilings and a multitude of rooms that preserve the most beautiful works ever seen. The Uffizi had been designed to house offices, private spaces guarded by the Medici Grand Dukes and a theater. Instead today 10 thousand people enter it every day. So be patient.
The Gallery which is the beginning of the construction dates back to 1560 by Vasari who conceived it as a perspective machine able to exalt the great Tower of Palazzo Vecchio. The spaces were designed to house the headquarters of the Arts, the Officials of Honesty, the Officers of Grascia and the Grand-Ducal Manufactures.
Rooms reserved for the family, staff and the few guests of the Medici family. Although the Medici have developed private collections, Francesco I is responsible for the modern conception of the Gallery. He wanted to build an octagonal space for works of art. The Tribune was inaugurated in 1584 and received cameos, sculptures, paintings, books, coins and much more. All this material was reorganized in 1769 by Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena who opened the doors of the Uffizi to the public.
The Bargello museum
In the historic center of Florence there is the Bargello Museum, in the homonymous Palace, built in 1255 and which housed, over the centuries, the Captain of the People of Florence, the Council of Justice, the Podestà and the Captain of Justice.
Between the 14th and 15th centuries, changes and additions were made to the building that changed its original features without altering its austere and severe face. A 14th century covered hall leads to the upper loggia. Since 1859 there is the National Museum which contains many sculptures of the Renaissance, without neglecting minor artists of various periods.
Later the museum was enriched with collections of medals, tapestries, bronzes and much more material from the Medici and private collections. Entering the museum you can see heraldic decorations affixed to the walls with the shields of the Podestàs.
Continuing to advance, an open courtyard will open before you where there are other Podestà shields, the insignia of the districts and districts of Florence. There are also some 16th century statues leaning against the walls of the portico. The courtyard leads to a collection of sculptures from the 14th century, including some works by Nicola Pisano. The room closest to the staircase contains Michelangelo’s Bacchus and Apollo.
The outdoor staircase leads instead to the Loggia, always embellished with works from the 16th century.