Italy TravelNew Italy Museums: Gucci Museum in Florence, Airport Museum in Rome

New Italy Museums: Gucci Museum in Florence, Airport Museum in Rome
Published on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by

Italy is home to thousands of museums (this list of museums features the most famous ones) and those numbers are in the increase with the opening of the new Gucci Museum in Florence and a new museum opening in Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (also known as Fiumicino).

The  new Gucci Museum in the 14th-century Palazzo della Mercanzia, in Florence’s Piazza Signoria, is a treasure trove for fashion enthusiasts and lovers of the iconic Gucci brand. The exhibitions – on three floors – are pulled from items in Gucci’s basement archive and include a travel room displaying Gucci’s luggage and accessories, a 1970s Gucci-upholstered Cadillac Seville and a history of Gucci’s logo. Half of the 6-euro admission fee will be donated to organizations  preserving Florence’s artifacts.

With the opening of a new art museum in Rome’s Fiumincino Airport, you will be able to start your museum tour of Italy before even leaving the airport. In mid-October, a permanent art hall will open in place of a space that is temporarily displaying a “Made in Italy” exhibition. The first exhibit will be devoted to Leonardo da Vinci – the namesake of the renamed airport. The new airport/museum concept is based on Amsterdam’s airport which is home to a branch of the city’s famous Rijksmuseum.

By Kathy McCabe

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