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Casa Buonarroti, Florence

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Learn more about Michelangelo's early life and works at Casa Buonarroti. Although the property was never actually inhabited by the iconic Renaissance artist, it was in his possession until he gifted it to his nephew Lionardo Buonarroti. Michelangelo's great-nephew, Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger, later transformed the house into a museum. View two of Michelangelo's oldest sculptures, the Madonna of the Steps and the Battle of the Centaurs, as well as his walking cane, sword, and leather shoes. Also, check out the small wax models that he used and the extensive library that boasts the family archives as well as some of the artist's drawings and letters. This museum is best suited for Michelangelo enthusiasts, as many of his most famous pieces are not present here. Plan to visit Casa Buonarroti and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Florence attractions using our Florence itinerary planner.
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  • A small museum out from traditional ones, definitely could be looked after better, but I found it extremely interesting. I commend especially with ticket personnel, of salt and bookshop (Martina!) courteous and above all extremely professional. Thanks for giving us fantastic two hours.
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  • Very pretty and interesting ... with drawings and sketches you can understand his study in realizing his great works.
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  • It is located where Michelangelo bought a group of five houses, in via Ghibellina, at the beginning of the sixteenth century. Lived there a few years before moving to city near the San Lorenzo and later in Rome. The nephew, Michelangelo Buonarroti the younger, patron and passionate lover of art, made it into the House-Museum dedicated to the memory of the great ancestor, from which it obtains here works and inviting the greatest artists of the time. The last of the family, Cosimo Buonarroti, who lived in the House with his wife Rosina Venetian Vendramin, in 1858 he bequeathed the Museum to the city of Florence. Among the masterpieces that we visit, two early works, when he had 17 years, 15 – Buonarroti Madonna della Scala and the battle of the Centaurs. The wooden model of the façade of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, project ever made. The Gallery commissioned by Buonarroti the younger, with paintings by artists such as il Passignano, Artemisia Gentileschi, Giovanni da San Giovanni. Casa Buonarroti is a must see. I disagree with some of the criticisms that I consider ungenerous critiques. It is true that the Museum is little known and frequented. On the other hand, Florence is so rich in artistic treasures, that for a tourist is very difficult to find the time to get this far. This, however, does not diminish its value.
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  • Only few nights for Michelangelo in this house
  • Nice spot
  • Is an interesting place, there are private collections of family Buonarotti. It is worth visiting only after visiting other museums
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  • Museum to see
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  • A small museum housing priceless really works, including the first youth of Michelangelo creations, the first drawings, the first sketches and sketches. Do not underestimate even the private chapel by the family, a sort of room frescoed and furnished to make immortal the genius of the Buonarroti family. In short, a small little place, perhaps a bit anonymous, but of absolute value!
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