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Off the beaten path in Florence

Once you see the main sights, like Brunelleschi’s dome and the statue of David at the Accademia, you might be ready for some lesser known museums and sites that are off the beaten path in Florence. Here we share some of our favorite places you may not have heard of in this cradle of the Renaissance.  Museo Stefano Bardini This museum, located across the Arno river is a peaceful haven away from lines and crowds. A recent renovation had brought the museum back to the way it’s original founder had intended. Stefano Bardini was known as one of the great art dealers of the 19th century.  He donated the palazzo and his collection to the city of Florence. The artwork is organized by size and subject on incredibly beautiful blue walls. The Museo Casa Rodolfo Siviero,  Love international intrigue and incredible art?  This is the museum for you. The Museo Casa Rodolfo [...]

Unusual Attractions in Italy

The Colosseum, Pompeii, The leaning Tower of Pisa; You have heard about and recognize Italy’s grandest and best know sites.  What about some of Italy’s Off the beaten track destinations? Here are a few of Tour Italy Now’s favorite unusual attractions in Italy. Rome and Lazio: Park of Monsters, Bomarzo Less than an hours drive from Rome, the Parco deo Mostri, is a fascinating testament to love and grief. The park was commissioned in 1552 by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini for his beloved wife, Giulia Farnese, and built by the architect Pirro Ligorio.  Spend an afternoon exploring the 24 incredible sculptures of animals, dragons and monstrous faces. Museum of Souls in Purgatory This tiny room in the gothic Santa Cuore del Suffragio near the Castel San’Angelo and a short walk from the nearby Vatican is home to one of Rome’s most unusual sites. A collection of objects are believed to [...]