Museums

Firenze Card: 72 Hours of Bonanza

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Maybe Michelangelo, Giotto and Brunelleschi did not have this in mind while they were creating their masterpieces for Florence, but if you are going to be in town for 72 hours, or close to that, now you can take full advantage of the Firenze Card. What is it? The Firenze card is a prepaid entrance to 33 museums in Florence, Tuscany also including exhibits and activities. It can be used within a time frame of 72 hours and costs 50 Euros flat fee. What are the advantages of the Firenze card? You will skip the lines of all museums, including the most awarded Uffizi gallery. You will also save a considerable amount of money, since the cumulative price of all 30 museums is way beyond 50 Euros per person. Even with just ten museums you are already breaking even. Compare...

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Tuscany Cruises including the Tuscan archipelago and Florence

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A popular cruise destination on your cheap cruise is the Tuscany region of Italy. Tuscany has been long respected for its famous buildings, outstanding artwork, and a very rich history. One popular place to visit is the Duomo in Florence. The cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture, which was built from 1296 to 1436. The first thing most visitor’s notice is the great dome, the largest masonry dome in the world. The lantern was finally placed on top of the 375 foot dome in 1469. This completed the building of the cathedral 173 years after it started. The dome is self-supporting and was built with staggered bricks, so that no scaffolding was used in its construction. It contains 463 steps and is seen as the start of the new Renaissance...

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An Art Tour of Tuscany

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Tuscany, located in Central Italy, is absolutely overflowing with art, history and culture. As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, which set off the Renaissance throughout all of Europe at the start of the 13th century, and as the home of many incredibly influential people in the areas of art and science, Tuscany has been a well known and highly regarded place for centuries. For people who enjoy art and history, Tuscany is a great vacation destination. Throughout the medieval times and the Renaissance, there were four main schools of Tuscan art that competed with each other. These schools were the Florentine, Sienese, Pisan and Lucchese schools. Today, examples of Florentine art can be found in the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the church of Santa...

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Free Museums in Tuscany (and Italy)!

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If today you go on Google.it you will see that the small “g” and the “l” resemble a very familiar shape to those acquainted with Tuscany and its most important monuments. It is the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, or Florence’s Duomo, that made the Google doodle. What’s the event to celebrate? If you click on the doodle you will know right away. It is the thirteenth Cultural Week in Italy! For a full week, to celebrate the Italian artistic and cultural heritage, the entire country opens up its museums, exhibits, archaeological sights, historic libraries and archives to let in people from all over the world free of charge. It is a way of sharing the fortunate past of various overlapping civilizations that produced such a rich...

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Ongoing Exhibits in Tuscany

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The list of ongoing exhibits in Tuscany is long. From contemporary art to Renaissance masterpieces, covering subjects such as global warming, Africa, Wine, Religion, the Unification of Italy and many many other aspects of great interest. Albeit some are quite niche subjects, some of the main ongoing exhibitions in Tuscany that are soon closing should not be missed. The most beautiful crystal collection of the world is at the Museum of Specola in Florence. The exhibit is ongoing since April 2009, and it was prolonged up to June 30th, 2012, even though it was supposed to close in October of 2009. More than 500 crystals are the private collection of Alberto Giazotto and Gerlando Bennardo with other rare examples from all over the world. The exhibit opens every day...

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Museums In and Around Arezzo

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Arezzo in Tuscany offers plenty of cultural initiatives, which are a fantastic occasion to learn more on the Tuscan land and enjoy the fun activities it also offers. Permanent museums and seasonal art exhibits in the territory of Arezzo create a dense network of cultural spots to visit in order to appreciate the history, and therefore the present, of the city and its province altogether with that of Italy. Those interested in restoration will treasure the occasion offered at the Public Palace of Arezzo. In occasion of the 500th year of the birth of Giorgio Vasari, the restoration rooms of the Public Palace will be exceptionally opened to the public until March 31st, 2011. The work of art being restored is a large altar-piece by Vasari titled...

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