April 28, 2015, 11:38 PM
Florence in June 2015
We will arrive in Florence 6/19 around noon & leaving 6/24. We have tickets for the Uffizi Gallery 6/20 and the Accademia Gallery 6/23. Where do you recommend we take our 14 year old granddaughter who is interested in art? Thank you for your help.
April 29, 2015, 01:52 AM
Hi, you could look into Bargello Museum and Palazzo Strozzi, and Museum of San Marco! Uffizi is the premier museum, though, with the greatest collection of Italian paintings anywhere. Also consider Pitti Palace, with serveral different museums, including Palatine Gallery and Modern Art Gallery. You didn't say if your granddaughter is interested in all art or only paintings, so you might find sculptures in some of these places. You might look into churches, such as the Duomo, Church of Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Brancacci Chapel, San Miniato Church. They can be a nice break from all the museums! Info on all of these places can be found on Google. Good luck! Sounds like a fun trip.
April 29, 2015, 08:50 AM
14 year Granddaughter
Kparis has a good idea when she suggests that you look into the churches. Most people don't realize how many famous artists left masterpieces in the Church. Many of the churches will have bi lingual signs that direct you to the famous pieces to even if you don't have a guide book you will find them. Another interesting thing is to look at all the tombs in the churches - not only are the sculptured monuments an important part of art history ... but your Granddaughter just might like finding the place where some of the famous people she has been learning about have their final resting place....I know for me, it was amazing to see where Machevelli was
Top on my list would be: Santa Croce - beautiful afrescos, Santa Maria Novella (near train station) - even the architecture makes art here, San Miniato above Piazzale Micheangelo - my absolute favorite church with the monumental cemetary and the crypt - and definitely (a new discovery for me) Ognisanti. Be sure to visit the "Cenacolo" next door which is the forerunner to the famous "Last Supper" in Milan.... The Duomo is always a must so I didn't list it -
If you really want to make it special - you might want to try a personalized guided tour, something that will make a mix of everything but really gear it up for your Granddaughter - Elena is very special and will do an excellent job!
BUT - whatever you do, I am sure you wil create the most wonderful memories for her (and yourself)
April 29, 2015, 07:43 PM
I appreciate the excellent ideas and will check the opening times so on both the museums and the churches. Their are so many options, it has been difficult to pick and chose. I think the grand parents may be more excited than our granddaughter.
April 29, 2015, 09:56 PM
Hi, sks277, Yes, good idea to check on open/closing times. There are some sights that open for 2-3 hours and then close again until, for example 4:00 pm. There IS a lot to see in Florence! My landlady at the apartment I rented for my trip there says the city itself is an open-air museum! To drive in, she has to pay money and get permits! It's a walking city. Good luck and enjoy - oh, also, I agree with Donna Denise - my first three choices for churches are Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella and San Miniato. San Miniato, above Piazzale Michelangelo by 200 yards, would allow you to visit Piazzale Michelangelo for a view of the city from across the Arno, and you'd get to walk across the famous and unique Ponte Vecchio! (That's close to Uffizi, by the way.)