Days Out: Florence & Prato
Cappelle de Medicee
The Medici Chapels were built as a personal sepulchre of the Medici family in the basilica of San Lorenzo. At Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini 6, Florence (FI).
Palazzo Vecchio Museum
This museum set in the 14th century palace of the Priors tells the medieval and renaissance history of Florence. Wander through secret passageways, and enjoy works of art Michelangelo and others. Piazza della Signoria, Florence (FI).
The Horne Museum
Private colection of English critic Herbert Percy Horne. Includes selection of paintings, furniture, ornamental and useful household objects, recreating the typical Florentine home of the 19th century. Via de Benci, 6 Florence (FI).
Museo degli Argenti
Collection of gems, cameos, ivory, jewels, silver owned by the dynasties that ruled Tuscany, including the Medici and Lorraine families. Open 8:15-16:30 (winter) 19:30 (summer). Closed alternative mondays. At Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1, Florence (FI).
Museum and monument. A place to remember and celebrate the greatness of Michelangelo. At the same time a Baroque exhibition of the art collections of the family. At Via Ghibellina 70, Florence (FI).
The Emperors Castle. Open Wed-Mon 16:00-19:00 and Sat and Sun 10:00-13:00. Closed on Tuesdays. Free entrance for residents of the province of Prato. At Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri, 59100 Prato (PO).
Museum & Cloisters of Santa Maria Novella
Monastery and example of Gothic architecture dating from the 13th century and containing complex of three frescoed cloisters, numerous churches and religious artifacts. Open daily 09:00-14:00 except Fridays. At Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence (FI).
Casa di Dante
The core of medieval Florence and more specifically the area between the church of S. Martino and Piazza dei Donati, was the 13th century location of the houses of the Alighieri family. At Via Santa Margherita 1, Florence (FI).
Museum of Etruscan art and civilization. Includes Greek, roman and Egyptian artifacts. Open Monday 14:00-19:00, Tuesday and Thursday 08:30-19:00 Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 08:30-14:00. At Via della Colonna 38, Florence (FI).