Although Florence is primarily known as a Renaissance city, it also has a plethora of modern art and architecture to enjoy. I have created a series of tours that focus on Florence throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
Modern Florence Tours:
- Art Nouveau Tour: 2 hours
- Known as the “Stile Liberty” in Italian, this early 20th-century movement celebrated natural motifs and free-flowing organic forms in response to the increasingly mechanical world of the Industrial Revolution. Visit various sites and works of art around Florence, which showcase this beautiful, yet lesser-known artistic movement.
- World War II: 3 hours
- This tour focuses on Florence during the 1930s and 1940s. Learn about the ways in which Florence was modernized in the 1930s under Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler’s infamous visit to the Renaissance city, and what happened to Florence when it became a battleground between the German and allied troops.
- The Flood of 1966: 2 hours
- On November 4, 1966 Florence experienced one of the worst floods in her history. This tour details the events of the flood and takes you to some of the neighborhoods and monuments that suffered the most in the wake of this disaster.
Modern Museums Visits:
- Pitti Palace, Modern Art Gallery: 2 hours
- Nestled on the top floor of the Pitti Palace is one of the loveliest collections of 19th and 20th century Italian art. See examples of Neoclassical, Romantic, and Realist works as well as paintings and sculptures by the famed Macchiaioli, sometimes called the “Italian Impressionists.”
- Museo Marino Marini and the Museo del Novecento: 3 hours
- Situated in the neighborhood of Santa Maria Novella, these two museums showcase some of the very best of 20th century Italian art. The Marino Marini Museum, dedicated to the 20th century sculptor, sits within the deconsecrated church of San Pancrazio. In addition to seeing the beautiful works created by Marini, you may also visit the famed Rucellai Chapel by Renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti. After Museo Marino Marino, it’s onto the Museo del Novecento, a newly opened museum featuring a wide array of modern Italian paintings, sculptures, video installations, and more.