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This itinerary is intended to be a simple invitation to discover all the other works by Michelangelo that are present in Florence besides the David (which is now an icon of mass tourism).

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In fact, the cultural and artistic legacy that Michelangelo has left to “his” city is priceless. A city where the Buonarroti family has resided for generations; where Michelangelo spent his most important formative years in the garden of San Marco (the Medici collection of old sculptures commissioned by Lorenzo the Magnificent) and where, subsequently, he created his most successful masterpieces, such as the David, the Doni Tondo, the New Sacristy of San Lorenzo.

In 1534, after having divided his time between the two cities for many years, he finally moved from Florence to Rome, where he died in 1564 when he was 89. However, it is still here, in Florence, in the Basilica of Santa Croce, that his tomb is situated and enriched with its famous funeral monument.

At the Museum of the Buonarroti House, a sort of temple in memory of the Divine Artist, there are two remarkable works made by the artist when he was young: Our Lady of the Ladder, inspired by Donatello’s stiacciato technique (plastically shaping the figures in the foreground and softening the most distant ones) and the Centauromachia, coming from the study of ancient sculpture.

In the Basilica of Santo Spirito, with its harmonious interior designed by Brunelleschi, another early work is preserved, the wooden crucifix, the result of the anatomical studies carried out by Michelangelo in those years.

At the Bargello, a museum that has an extraordinary series of masterpieces of Italian sculpture (first of all, Donatello), visitors have the opportunity to admire as many as four works by Michelangelo: the classical-style Bacchus, the bas-relief depicting a Madonna with Child, called Pitti Tondo, the bust of Brutus and the David-Apollo.

Besides the David, the Accademia Gallery preserves a series of unfinished sculptures: the Prisoners (a series of titanic figures created for the tomb of Pope Julius II) and the St. Matthew.

The Uffizi Gallery, pantheon of Italian painting, preserves the famous Doni Tondo, a revolutionary painting by Michelangelo, a precursor to Mannerism.

Still for the tomb of Julius II, Michelangelo created the Genius of Victory, in the monumental Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred ) in Palazzo Vecchio.

The complex of San Lorenzo, the project on which he had worked for several years, includes the New Sacristy, with the famous Medici tombs and the sculptures of the Day and the Night, and the Laurentian Library, characterized by the staircase of the vestibule.


It is at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) that visitors can admire one of the last, most intense creations by Michelangelo, expressing his deep religiosity: the Piety, the second in a row, after the one of St. Peter in Rome and before the one of the Sforza Castle in Milan.

In the DOWNLOAD section of this website you'll find a brochure about Michelangelo's path.

Published: 6/4/2017

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