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Located in the heart of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery hosts unique artworks and masterpieces the majority of which are from the Renaissance period. Included are works of art by great Italian artists such as Botticelli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello, just to name a few of the most famous. Never intended to be a museum it is organised as a long labyrinth of rooms with impressive works of art displayed roughly in chronological order along a U-shaped Renaissance building.
This art museum is home to several marble sculptures created by Michelangelo which includes the famous and impressive David. Created between 1501 and 1504 this 14 foot high marble statue depicting the Biblical hero David, represented as a standing male nude, is not only a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture but probably the most famous sculpture in the world. The most famous section of the Galleria is considered the Hall of the Prisoners, displaying Michelangelo’s unfinished “Slaves” but there are also other works on display by Perugino, Giambologna, Botticelli (Madonna and Child and Madonna of the Sea) and Alessandro Allori.This art museum is home to several marble sculptures created by Michelangelo which includes the famous and impressive David. There is also a collection of Renaissance paintings and other works with references to botany, music, art symbols and painting techniques.
The Bargello National Museum
Visit Options: Pre-booked entrance tickets or guided tours can be arranged. This museum has a remarkable collection of sculpture and works of art. It occupies an impressive building built for the Capitano del Popolo in the mid-13th century, which later became the seat of the Podestà and Council of Justice. Since 1865 the palazzo has housed the National Museum, bringing together many important Renaissance sculptures, including masterpieces by Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Michelangelo and Cellini. The museum was subsequently enriched with splendid collections of bronzes, majolica, waxes, enamels, medals, seals, ivories, amber, tapestries, furniture and textiles from the Medici collections and those of private donors.
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria represents the historical hub of civil and political life, and hosts the 13th century Loggia dei Lanzi, the Fountain of Neptune and the Palazzo Vecchio, one of the city’s most symbolic monuments.
Described as an open-air museum, several of the sculptures in the Piazza are considered contradictory. The David (the original is in the Galleria dell'Accademia) by Michelangelo was placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici. Bandinelli's Hercules and Cacus (1534) to the right of the David was appropriated by the Medici to show their physical power after their return from exile. The Nettuno (1575) by Ammannati celebrates the Medici's maritime ambitions and Giambologna's equestrian statue of Duke Cosimo I (1595) is an elegant portrait of the man who brought all of Tuscany under Medici military rule.
The graceful Loggia dei Lanzi, which sits to the right of Palazzo Vecchio and functions as an open-air sculpture gallery, was designed by Orcagna in 1376. The statue of Perseo holding Medusa's head, by Benvenuto Cellini (1554), is a stark reminder of what happened to those who crossed the Medici. Together with Giambologna's Rape of the Sabines, these are two of many impressive sculptures found under the curved arches of the Loggia dei Lanzi.