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University of Florence Natural History Museum

Via Giorgio la Pira 4, 50121, Florence, Italy
+39 055 275 6444
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great place to visit with kids

We visited the Museum of Zoology and Natural History, best known as La Specola with our 13 and 15... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Barb L
Dunedin, New Zealand
Visited the botanical gardens - part of the University.

First time visit to Florence and looking for somewhere to cool down.Came across the garden and... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2016
Bo'ness, United Kingdom
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“paleontology” (3 reviews)
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Via Giorgio la Pira 4, 50121, Florence, Italy
San Marco
+39 055 275 6444
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

We visited the Museum of Zoology and Natural History, best known as La Specola with our 13 and 15 year old sons and they loved it. It is like a huge taxidermist zoo, they were fascinated with the range of insects and animals on display....More

Thank Barb L
Reviewed 6 September 2016

First time visit to Florence and looking for somewhere to cool down.Came across the garden and was able to buy a guide book which pointed out the ancient trees etc.Enjoyed my visit relaxing on stone bench as sun going down. Unfortunately needs some tlc. Could...More

Thank jdr800
Reviewed 20 May 2016

The University of Florence Natural History Museum is an interesting pace to visit. Lots of samples of mineralogical items and great educational material on geology and paleontology. Well worth a visit

Thank Ibadanboy
Reviewed 15 April 2016

There are a big collection about more as 25.000 of mineralogical pieces of all the world; and Cosimo I begins with this collection; a very inreresting collection of about 5000 presentations of Elba and extraordinary Gemstones, a Topaze of Brasil of 150 kg and also...More

1  Thank Manuela L
Reviewed 12 November 2015

First of all, I state that the following review concerns only the "Geology and Paleontology" (Via La Pira, 4), not the other sections of the Natural Histoy Museum, which are scattered in various buildings of the city. The "Geology and Anthropology" section shows in my...More

Thank Brun066
Reviewed 26 October 2015

i really enjoyed the museum so much, it was so cool, and i saw many families with their kids who were having so much fun

Thank AlaaFahmy
Reviewed 4 October 2015

They have a phenomenal collection of taxidermies throughout the museum, some are over 200 years old! Wide variety of every creature you can think of, big and small. Really quite breathtaking, every room is filled with all kinds of creatures and many are extinct so...More

Thank Evan E
Reviewed 26 September 2015

This is a museum of the past and should be preserved as such. Few visitors, fewer staff. Dusty cases of poor taxidermy in terrible flourescent lighting. No interactive screens and little annotation - non in English. It reminded me of a trip to Soviet Russian...More

Thank mrtjaet1
Reviewed 11 September 2015

Full of fascinating things even though some rooms were closed when we were visited. Lovely building and a sense of history added to the old animals and displays. Really worth digging out on a day in Florence, especially for kids but enjoyable for all!

Thank 520ambern
Reviewed 9 September 2015

As my fellow reviewer Clare advises, walk past the Pitti Palace & about before you arrive at the gates to the mighty Boboli Gardens there's what looks a bit like one of those intriguing entrances to a private palazzo...but whilst it certainly LOOKS like it>...More

Thank John N
San Marco
The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a
stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence,
surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking
students provides the tranquil surroundings for the
elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read
the daily newspaper. Home to several universities,
including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one
of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A
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