Casa Buonarroti Overview

The Casa Buonarroti offers the visitors with the most unique experiences among all the museums of Florence. A place of both memories and celebration of Michelangelo, it hosts impressive exhibitions of rich art collections of Michelangelo. The place where Michelangelo lived for years is now a museum with archives and a library, with a great number of models and sketches.

A place of memories and celebrations of the great artist Michelangelo, Casa Buonarroti is a monument and a museum, displaying one of the greatest art collections of Michelangelo. The building was built by Leonardo, Michelangelo’s nephew and was enlarged and restored by Michelangelo the Younger. It was later converted into a museum, to house some of the greatest works of Michelangelo and other Flemish and Italian renaissance artists. 

Although Michelangelo was not born in Casa Buonarroti, he spent a couple of years in the building. A great place to learn about the life of Michelangelo, the museum has several sketches, drawings and other works of the great artists placed in the 2 floors and 16 exhibition halls. The first floor of the museum consists of the family collection with over 150 archaeological findings and the adjacent halls include the works from artists who were inspired by Michelangelo and were collected by the Buonarrito family. 

Some of the most famous attractions in the museum include 2 marble reliefs made by Michelangelo, Madonna of the Stairs and the Battle of Centaurs. You can also gaze at several samples of drawing made by Michelangelo that are displayed on rotation basis such as the Madonna and the Child, Studies for the head of Leda and the sketch of Cleopatra.


• Get a chance to see the collection of exhibits comprising rare art, sculptures, paintings and archaeological findings.
• Admire the various drawings and designs by Michelangelo, available for viewing upon request for academic purposes, cultural exchanges and a few selected are always on display for the public on rotating basis.
• Explore the 2 floors and the 16 exhibition halls of the museum to gaze at some of the best preserved collections of Michelangelo.
• The place offers special shows round the year in the exhibition area on the ground floor.
• Stroll through the archaeological section of the museum and get acquainted with over 150 pieces of findings related to epochs, civilisations, techniques and typologies.
• Visit the Casa Buonarroti and stroll through the Gallery, made in the praise of Michelangelo.
• Marvel at some of the most famous statues and paintings by Michelangelo along with some of the dreams that he wished to transform into reality such as the facade of the Basilica San Lorenzo church. 

How To Reach

By Bus: You can take the transit lines 61, 63, 68, 80 and 90 that pass near Casa Buonarroti. The nearest bus stations near Buonarroti are the Vercelli Via Cherubini (4 min walk away), Wagner M1(5 min walk away) and P.le Giulio Cesare (5 min walk away).

By Train: the transit lines R17, R22 and S9 pass near Casa Buonarroti and the nearest train station is the Firenze station which is only 0.7 km away from the destination.

By Metro: You can reach Casa buonarroti with the M1 transit line and get off at the Piemonte station which is only a 4 minute walk away from the attraction.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Casa Buonarroti is during the early hours of the day when the place is less crowded, giving you enough time to learn about the place from the guided tours. Additionally the best time to visit the attraction is during the months between May and September when the weather is pleasant and the city hosts numerous art festivals and a pleasant sunshine that must have inspired many renaissance artists.

If you wish to visit the city with less number of tourists around then the months between December and February are ideally the best time to visit.

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Other Essential Information

Location: Via Ghibellina, 70, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Opening hours: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Wednesday-Monday)

The place remains closed on Tuesday

Entry fees: The entry fee would cost you around 2-8 EUR.

Tips to Visit Casa Buonarroti

  1. Refrain from taking photographs inside the museum, although you can take pictures outside with the museum as the backdrop.
  2. Make sure to purchase the tickets before for the guided tours as reservations are mandatory.
  3. Before planning your visit to Casa Buonarroti, keep in mind that the museum remains closed on tuesdays.
  4. The museum features a shop from where you can get yourself souvenirs and books related to the museum.

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Point of Interest for Casa Buonarroti
Madonna Of The Stairs

Madonna Of The Stairs

Marvel at this graceful and elaborate design on the marble tablet, donated by Leonardo Buonarroti to Duke Cosimo I. The limited size of the work holds a female figure, occupying the relief’s entire height from top to bottom, two stairs, from which the relief got its name and 4 children, 2 behind the Madonna and 2 dancing. The Madonna has been recently restored and is a great point of interest in the museum.

Battle Of The Centaurs

Battle Of The Centaurs

The Battle of Centaurs finds the earliest mention in a letter written in 1527, related to acquiring a work of Michelangelo at any cost, referring to the marble relief representing the Battle of Centaurs. Get a chance to admire the intricate piece of artwork that had always been in the Florentine house. The artwork was never completed and has several marks of scalpel on it as well as the figures in the foreground attached to background by pieces of marble present the exotic rawness of the artwork.

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Michelangelo’s Drawings

Michelangelo’s Drawings

The largest collection of Michelangelo’s drawings remains with the Buonarroti family with over 200 pieces of artwork. Some of the most famous drawings from the great artist include Madonna and Child, Studies for the Head of Leda, Cleopatra, Plan for the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini and Nude from the back. 

Gaze at the samples of the graphic works, displayed in rotation, as the original works cannot be displayed permanently due to the demands of conservation.

Archives & Library

Archives & Library

The Archives and Library section of the museum houses over 11000 volumes, 200 rare books and around 40 magazines. 169 precious volumes of the Buonarroti Archive are limited to specialists. You can also consult a photo library consisting of over 10000 pieces in the library, dedicated to works of Michelangelo and several others artists of the Flemish and Italian renaissance.

Buonarroti Family Collections

Buonarroti Family Collections

Michelangelo’s direct descendants, Buonarroti, lived in this building for centuries and collected works of Michelangelo and other artists from different periods. Among the most famous collections are the Titan’s painting and the Sculpture by Emilio Zocchi. The room of the Buonarroti family collection houses those collections that cannot be moved due to conservation reasons.

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