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Two must-go destinations for everyone coming to Florence

If you’re spending a few days in Florence and its surroundings, don’t skip a visit at least one of the city’s two most famous museums: the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery.

The two museums are in the heart of Florence, just a ten-minute walk from each other, holding within many of the most acclaimed masterpieces of painting and sculpture anywhere in the world.

The Uffizi Gallery is set in the marvelous architectural work that Giorgio Vas designed in the late sixteenth century with a spectacular arcade stretching from Piazza della Signoria to the Arno and Ponte Vecchio. As you stroll through the Uffizi you’ll be immersed in the works of some of the most famous artists of all time, from Greek and Roman masterpieces, to thirteenth-century works of Cimabue, Duccio and Giotto, and the Renaissance masters Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael and the painter Michelangelo, through to art of highest quality until the late eighteenth century.

The Accademia will impress with its amazing gallery framing Michelangelo’s sculptures, the famed David and the Slaves. And that’s hardly all there is here; find an extensive collection of painting from the Middle Ages to the sixteenth century, a prestigious collection of Russian icons and a rare, priceless section of antique musical instruments.

So be sure to relish these jewels of Florence. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 6:50 pm. Just one tip: don’t forget to reserve and skip the annoying long lines.

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