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6
Nov

“Off the beaten paths” activities to do in Florence

Florence is one of the most visited cities in the world thanks to its renaissance masterpieces and impressive architecture. After you have visited the artistic and architectural treasures, you should explore these 6 hidden gems in Florence:

1. Armor collection at the Stibbert Museum

The Stibbert Museum is indeed a beautiful hidden gem containing some of the most extensive collections of historic European, Islamic and Japanese armor in the world. With an impressive display of paintings and art it’s something you have to see to believe.

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2. CLET’s studio

The French artist Clet Abraham has found a way to inject a contemporary sense of irreverence into Florence’s artistic legacy. He is known for transforming the city street signs into works of arts using removable stickers. Visiting his studio in the San Niccolò neighborhood can give you a fresh look of today’s art.

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3. Giardino Bardini

Giardini Bardini is a garden restored by Stefano Bardini in the 1900’s. This garden offers you an intimate alternative to enjoy the beautiful views of the city, with tiny grottos and peaceful spaces it allows you to find quietness in the centre of Florence.

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Source: Putneypics @https://www.flickr.com/38983646@N06/

4. Vasari Corridor

Giorgio Vasari built this corridor as a private walkway for the Medicis to walk between the offices and their residence. This long passage contains a collection of self-portraits of many artists of the 20th century. Walking through this corridor is a unique experience; make sure you plan a visit!

 

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5. Craft shops of the Otrarno

The Vasari Corridor ends in the Oltrarno neighborhood. Walk through the labyrinthine streets around Palazzo Pitti and you will find many artisans’ workshops. You’ll be in the heaven of handmade shoes, leather items, jewels, ceramics, just to name a few.

 

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Source: Francesco Guazzelli

6. Anatomical wax models at La Specola

La Specola was one of the first museums of science open to the general public. Today you can find a vast collection of taxidermied animals and the world’s largest collection of anatomical waxes. The models are impressive for to their extraordinarily realistic aspect.

 

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And, of course, after your time spent discovering the hidden treasure of the city, we’ll be waiting for you at Il Salviatino!

 

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14
Feb

Guided visits to il Corridoio Vasariano, Florence’s secret jewel.

The most special things in life are not always the most accessible ones. They are normally kept as some sort of secret jewels, only hardly ever visible to the world. This is somehow what happens with the Vasari Corridor, which is open to the public until the 30th of April.

The Grand Duke, Cosimo I de’Medici, ordered the construction of the corridor back in 1565 and it was designed by the great architect, Giorgio Vasari. The Duke wanted it to be a free walkway for him between il Palazzo Vecchio, the Government location, and il Palazzo Pitti, his residence.

Today, the Uffizi’s part of the corridor is also used as an Art Gallery, including the famous collection of self-portraits.

You can’t lose this opportunity to discover Florence’s secret jewel. For more information on how to organize your private or group visit to the Vasari corridor, do not hesitate to contact our Service Ambassadors at info@salviatino.com.

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