The Lesser Known Museums of Florence
It is debatable if you would like Florence more or Tuscany. Public opinion is often split. Then there are many other amazing places in Italy. The choices are the primary reason why planning a trip to Italy is so hard. There’s just so much to explore that typical Italy travel packages often don’t include as much as you would want to. But you can always look for customized Italy vacation packages that can include as much or as little as you want. When in Florence, you would inevitably explore the museums. You don’t have to necessarily be aware of the amazing cultural and architectural heritage of Florence to truly appreciate its museums. A trip alone will do that for you. There are many popular museums in Florence that have attained global fame and popularity. But there are a few lesser known museums that Florence is equally proud of.
- Check out the Ferragamo Museum at Palazzo Spini Feroni. It is on Via Tornabuoni. In this museum, you would get to explore the headquarters of Ferragamo and the museum itself is in the basement. The museum primarily highlights the work of Salvatore Ferragamo, the famous Italian footwear designer. Ferragamo did not just make some amazing shoes but actually transformed the art of making footwear and what we have conventionally understood of footwear designs. From the history of shoemaking to the evolution of international fashion, the museum showcases shoes, sketches, books, images and magazines. There are more than ten thousand examples from the era spanning early to mid twentieth century when Ferragamo was at his peak. You would need to spend five bucks for entry and the museum is open from Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and then from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- The Duomo, also referred to as the cathedral, is one of the tourist hotspots in Florence. While you can always explore the cathedral and its architectural wonders, there is a museum towards the east. The museum has been open since 1891 and has hosted some of the finest pieces of sculptures of the world. The works include some of Michelangelo, Donatello, Luca della Robbia and Ghiberti among others. You would also get to see the building plans and details of decorations that the cathedral features.
- La Specola is another example of the lesser known museums in Florence. It hosts different kinds of art and more importantly various natural specimens of plants, animals and minerals as well as fossils. La Specola is also known as the Museum of Natural History.