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Museums in Italy

 
 
 



Italy is known for its fine collection of museums holding some of the world’s most famous pieces. From art to gastronomy, the selection of museums to be discovered in Italy are astounding.

Some of Italy’s most visited art museums include the following:

The Galleria degli Uffizi is the most popular museum in Italy, which features the country’s highly notable art collection contained in the grand Uffizi Palace. It is primarily known for Borticelli’s Birth of Venus and Titian’s Venus of Urbino.

Galleria dell’Accademia is dedicated to the works of Michelangelo and is home to the artist’s famous statue “David”. It has expanded its collection to incorporate Florentine Gothic painting, Russian Icons, Italian Renaissance and Baroque works. Palazzo Pitti features three important galleries: The Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Gallery of Modern Art) offers a wide collection of Tuscan art, the highlight of the collection being Antonio Canova’s sculpture “Head of Napoleon”; The Galleria Palatina contains more than 500 paintings from the private collection of the Medici family featuring the renowned “Donna Velata” from Raphael’s works. The Boboli Gardens display furniture, silverwares, vases, gems, cameos, porcelains and enamels from various historical periods. Museo del Bargello was formerly a prison and police station which now serves to showcase marble and bronze masterpieces by Donatello, Michelangelo and others. Monastery of San Marco is particularly proud of its Cloister of St. Anthony and paintings from the most important artists of the Early Renaissance including “The Annunciation” by Fra Angelico, “Savonarola” by Fra Bartolome and “The Last Supper” by Ghirlandaio.

Other highly recommended art museums are the Museo Archeologico, Pinacoteca di Brera, Galleria Borghese and the Vatican Museums containing the most majestic treasures in the world.

History museums specialise in the past of a particular country, region or city. In Italy, some of the most famous ones include The Colosseum and Palatine Hill have an unusual display and fitting tribute to the Roman achievements and architecture. It is officially known as the Amphitheatrum Flavium where spectacles of entertainment such as gladiator fights, exotic hunts and staged naval battles took place. The Domus Aurea, nicknamed as the “House of Gold” due to its rooms, halls and corridors that were lavishly decorated with gold, silver and previous stones. It was the residence that was constructed on the orders of Emperor Nero when much of Rome was burned down by a great fire.

Science museums in Italy of note include the “Leonardo da Vinci” National Museum of Science and Technology. Located in Milan, this is considered one of the most important museums of its category in the world. Car Museums such as the Galleria Ferrari, Museo dell’Automobile, Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, Pininfarina Collection, Museo Tazio Nuvolari, Museo Ford Gratton, Museo dell‘Automobile di San Martino, Quattroruote Collection, Museo Di Auto E Moto D’Epoca, Museo dell’Automobile and Museo delle Motociclette Ducati can be found all over Italy. Most are car documentation and exhibit centers of past and current models, prototypes, relics, pictures, images and memorabilia.

For lovers of nature, places not to be missed are The Botanical Gardens of the University of Bologna, Hanbury Botanic Gardens, the “La Sapienza”, the "Giardino dei Semplici”, the Catania Botanical Gardens and the Torino Botanic Garden, which feature thousands of specimens of exotic and local plants. Most are dedicated to the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants, ornamental plants, artificially created woods and the reconstruction of different natural habitats.

Gastronomic Museums exist in Italy in keeping with its world famous tradition of gastronomy. The country’s history of food and wines can be learned through these museums. Some museums of this type are the National Museum of Pasta, Olive Tree Museum, Salt-Works History Museum, Martini Museum of the History of Oenology, Grappa Museum, Grapes and Wine Museum and the Citrus Museum.

Italy is also home to a host of unique museums, such as the Waste Museum, Umbrella and Parasol Museum, Museum of Train Models, Pipe Museum, Toy and Child Museum, Climbing Boot Museum, Tapestry Museum, Paper and Watermark Museum, the Historical Museum of Medical Art and the Museum of Cinema.







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