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