Art & History
Florence’s Stibbert Museum.
With four kids between them, Tuscan Travel Group founders Brandy Stroh and Laura Kavanaugh are always looking for family-friendly places. Among their top spots are the Stibbert Museum, which features a massive collection of arms and armor from different eras and parts of the world; the Galileo Museum, a must-visit for science buffs that is housed in a historic building along the Arno River; and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, dedicated to the mathematician’s art and inventions.
The fashion-minded won’t want to miss Florence’s Ferragamo Museum, located in a high-end shopping neighborhood, or the Gucci Museum, which occupies a beautiful palace. For an exclusive look at the city’s history, there’s the Vasari Corridor, a half-mile-long secret passageway built by the Medici family to allow them to traverse the city, elevated above the masses; it can only be toured with a private outfit, such as Freya’s Florence. And the summer opening of the newly expanded Museo degli Innocenti has been called the most anticipated Florentine museum event of the year. The architecturally significant 15th-century building, which underwent a €12.8 million renovation, offers nearly 1,500 square meters of exhibition space.
Originally published in the November issue of Silicon Valley