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Museo Zoologico La Specola

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Address: Via Romana 17, Florence, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 055 275 5100
09:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This fascinating natural history collection can be traced back to the...

This fascinating natural history collection can be traced back to the Medici family. Full of taxidermied animals of all types, skeletons and wax anatomical models, it is a must for the curious, as well as science and history lovers.

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Unusual experience that won't break the bank

It is a nice trip that provides a bit of contrast in Florence away from all the art. It is bizarre, but interesting and something a bit different. It's only ?6 in, which it is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 April 2014
jada m
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

It is a nice trip that provides a bit of contrast in Florence away from all the art. It is bizarre, but interesting and something a bit different. It's only ?6 in, which it is definitely worth.

1 Thank jada m
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Must be the biggest collection of stuffed animals in the world! Giving a 4 as not all rooms were open. The last 5 or 6 rooms were dedicated to human anatomy. Bit spooky, wax models cut open with entrails hanging out. Saying that was really interesting especially the age of the models.

Thank Lisa B
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

From a scientific/medicine point of view this museum was perfect for us. The old wax models of organ systems were amazing, especially looking back at some of the dates being as early as 1775, when dissection was still very much illegal. The museum is kind of hidden, but it's a nice break from the crowds of Florence.

Thank KelleyBean
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

We were pottering around Florence and walked past the museum, I used the trip advisor city guide app to read some reviews of the place and it sounded awesome. We paid €6 each to see La Specola (didn't really want to see the Crystal exhibition on the floor below). It's on the second floor of the building. We were literally... More 

Thank Gemma B
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

This place was a blast! Amazing stuff from collections going back centuries (and you can tell on some of it, which just makes it either more awe inspiring or more hilarious, depending). Also a rotating exhibit on the lower floor had an awesome crystals display...

Thank teleute00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

What can you say about this place? It is as bizarre and wonderful as they come. Go on a weekday and have the place to yourself.

Thank Gordy5
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

Visited the museum on a whim rather than a must do ..... firstly it was that easy to find. You need to follow the road round along the Pitti Palace and it hiding round a corner. It is up many flights of stairs and I nearly ended up in another exhibition to the floor beneath to which I was smartly... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

Being a biologist I'm biased, but our visit to La Specola was one of the most enjoyable aspects of our Florence trip. I'll wager I'm not the first person to reach oversaturation with the art and architecture of Florence, and also as a photographer I often found it intensely frustrating not being able to take pictures in the museums and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

When I learned about this museum, I knew I couldn't miss it! My boyfriend and I both have a love for science and animals, so we knew we needed to check it out. The collection of animals, bugs, seashells, and everything else was very impressive. The animal collection just kept going and going! I am VERY impressed. We also looked... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

I admit that my main reason for visiting was to see the anatomical waxes, and although the animal collection was impressive, the lack of English descriptions was an irritation and it was incredibly hot inside. However, I was impressed by the sheer number of exhibits and it was interesting despite the above. The waxworks were not a disappointment. They are... More 

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Pitti is a neighborhood characterized by art and history. Renaissance architecture such as Pitti Palace, which houses five museums alone, introduces visitors to the green lungs of spectacular Boboli Gardens. Any visitor can wander through statues, fountains, and panoramic viewpoints. Around the garden, treasures like the Museum of Natural History of the Specola and Villa Bardini guide guests through Florence as the cradle of the Renaissance. End the day with an aperitif in Piazza della Passera or the more romantic Forte di Belvedere, which offers an amazing panoramic view of the entire city.
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