The city has filled up with thousands of tourist over the past week. With the EXPO beginning and the high season kicking in. I just saw some of the saddest images on Facebook posted by my fantastic friend Lucia Montuschi. The line of the Uffizi Gallery up to the Ponte Santa Trinità Bridge a 600metre long line! It is not possible you would waste a day just standing in line to arrive inside the gallery and not understand anything!
The Uffizi Gallery is pointless with out a historical guide to explain the art, history and significance. It is one of the most important galleries in the world although it is not a walk around on your own gallery.
If you are the kind of tourist who does not want a guided tour there are hundreds of remarkable galleries and places you can visit. Here are a few ideas:
The Galileo Museum – Did you know that Galileo Galilei was under house arrest in the foot hills of Florence? Inside this wonderful gallery you will be able to view ancient instruments for time measurement there is even the finger of Galileo on display!
The Bargello Museum Apart from it incredible structure built in the 13th century. You can also view a series of statues by Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Michelangelo and Cellini.
The Church of Santa Maria Novella I often call this church a mini ‘Uffizi’. Inside you will find a crucifix by Giotto and Brunelleschi a fresco by Massaccio. The facade was designed by remarkable architect, philosopher, author and humanist Leon Battista Alberti. On the right side of the church you will also find the famous Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella.
The Brancacci Chapel – Better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Renaissance this incredible chapel is found the right side of the Church of Santa Maria Del Carmine. Fresco’s by Brancacci & Massaccio two of he great artists of the 14th century.