For a slightly different taste of the art and history Florence has to offer, consider a stop at the National Archaeological Museum in the Piazza Santissima Annunziata, northeast of the Duomo. Housed in the Palazzo della Crocetta, the museum offers a glimpse of the Etruscan, Greek, and Roman heritage of Italy and Florence, the lesser-known past of this quintessential Renaissance city. The anthropologcally-minded may enjoy the institution's exhibit on Native North American peoples, while the connoisseurs of an even more distant history can add a side trip to the neighboring Egyptian Museum. From marble and bronze statues, to collections of ceramics and funerary artifacts dating to the 6th and 5th centuries B.C., this museum provides a refreshing change for the tourist passing through the heart of the Italian Renaissance, who is weary of Florence's extensive offerings of religious paintings (if this is even possible), and reminds him (or her) that an equally brilliant society existed here before Brunelleschi's dome and Giotto's tower graced the horizon with their beauty. For more information please visit www.firenzemusei.it.
Written by Jessica Card
Art History Intern for The Florence Newspaper
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