There are 72 museums worth visiting in Florence according to this website, and at this point FHFB and I have visited 27 of them, with one of the highlights being, can you believe it, the Ferragamo Museum???
The first room of this museum is of course, rows and rows of shoes, dating back to the first third of the 20th century. The interesting thing is that any of those shoes could be worn today, their style really reaches far beyond the year they were designed.
In the rest of the museum, Ferragamo focuses on the intricacies and absolute value of feet for a human being, with the focus showing how we have evolved due to being able to stand upright. The museum is full of sculptures of feet in bronze, marble….photographs and movies of everyday people walking and great people on walks for causes. Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon is an ongoing video – it’s really a very fascinating museum and goes so much more beyond what I thought was going to be a ‘shoe museum’.
After leaving this museum we really had a new respect for shoes that are well made and understand how they’re structure and support helps the entire body.
I didn’t buy a pair of Ferragamo shoes….but we did find a fantasic shoestore called Casini – Jennifer Tattanelli right across from the Pitti Palace – it’s a must for affordable, very comfortable Italian made shoes…….http://www.casinifirenze.com.
Here are some photos from Yahoo images of the Ferragamo Museum because photos are not allowed and some photos that I did take of the other beautiful museums, churches and chapels we’v seen…enjoy and check out all the other recommended Florence museums in the first link above.
This room in San Miniato is one of the most peaceful places I know of.