Florence is the home of the Renaissance, of the classical MASTERS for crying out loud. Everywhere you turn, your jaw drops in awe over the sheer magnificence of masterpieces that are still standing, centuries later. And, there is not a shortage of museums – like the Uffizi – that house them, intact.

We are very proud of Florence as the Queen of fine arts. But we miss the contemporary research and attitude travellers like us would experience in more “modern” cities, and we sometimes just want to see a dot in the middle of a blank canvas at some hipster art studio, you know?

So we are happy to introduce our very recent contemporary scene, taking place mostly in our precious and less known neighborhoods, full of cute, funky boutiques with hand-made jewelry and shoes, trendy bars and original restaurants.

Here are our contemporary recommendations in terms of Art!




The Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina (CCCS) was created in 2007, as part of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, with the intention to give the city of Florence an international contemporary art centre. The CCCS is devoted to producing and showing thematic exhibitions, following an interdisciplinary approach linked to the most up to date scientific research on current trends in contemporary culture.

CENTRO PECCI PER L’ARTE CONTEMPORANEA- Center for Center for Contemporary Art in Prato (under restoration)


Built on the basis of plans drawn up by the Florentine rationalist architect Italo Gamberini, the Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the Industrialist Enrico Pecci, with contributions by the city administration, various companies, business people and private citizens. It is active internationally, with a wide program of temporary exhibitions, didactic activity, documentation and information, multimedia events and performances. It furthermore has an important permanent collection consisting of works by major artists over the past 30 years, aquired as a testimony to exhibitions held and research carried out at the museum. The museum complex, which includes the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Centre of Information and Documentation/Visual Arts, the Education Department and the Events Section, consists of exhibition rooms, various spaces for concurrent exhibitions, didactic workshops, the centre of information and documentation with its specialist library, bookshop, auditorium, conference room, bar, open air theatre, sculpture garden and exhibition room for the permanent collection.

Galleria Il Ponte on Via Del Mezzo


This Gallery is really where you can see some dot in the middle of the canvas kind of fringe!

Otto Luogo dell’Arte


Olivia Toscani’s Otto Luogo dell’Arte started out as a gallery/atelier/shop on Via Maggio, in Florence. The gallery was a meeting-place for art-lovers, curious travelers, collectors and illustrious tourists; but above all, a laboratory for the production of ideas, projects and objects, where the language of art met with daily life and its accoutrements. We placed great interest on all artistic techniques and ways of working materials. We undertook to realize our projects with the skills and know-how of Tuscan crafts, its great wealth of ancient experience and experimentation with high technology.

A gallery dedicated to modern art with regular rotating exhibitions, also located in the Oltrarno district.

Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia

strozzina MNAF

This museum is near the train station in Piazza Santa Maria Novella. In order to carry out its fundamental role of the safeguarding, promotion and valorization of everything which falls into the ambit of photography and its history, in September of 1998 the firm constituted the Fratelli Alinari. Foundation for the History of Photography which, together with the City of Florence and the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, promoted the MNAF, Alinari National Museum of Photography in its current premises of Piazza Santa Maria Novella.

Museo Marino Marini


The marini san prancrazio foundation was born to assure the public access to marino marini’s oeuvre. Its aim is to manage and support the marino marini museum, which occupies the former san pancrazio’s church in florence; to further a calendar of events and exhibition devoted to contemporary artists, from the twentieth century until the most recent productions and themes in the crypt.