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The museums managed by the state and present in Florence in some of the most famous locations in the city have paid special attention to visually impaired and blind people.

The latest innovations have been introduced with a path called Florence 1865: the birth of a capital. The Braille reading method was promoted by the Savoia family during the five years in which Florence was the Capital of Italy.
There are many tactile paths in the Uffizi Gallery (the staff assists visitors in the perception of Greek and Roman sculptures, the three-dimensional transposition of famous works, including the “Birth of Venus” by Botticelli, captions in Braille Italian/English): scheduled tours for the disabled take place every 1st friday of each month at 10.15am;  Reservation required, specifying the kind of impairment, at:  - tel. + 39 055 2388693
Other itineraries are at the Davanzati Palace (furniture and furnishings of the old Florentine house within easy reach), at the Bargello Museum (materials and shapes in sculpture from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries), inside Orsanmichele (architecture and sculptures in a guided path).

Finally, at the Cenacolo di Andrea del Sarto (the supper room of Andrea del Sarto), six painting masterpieces from the Uffizi Gallery are on show: the Madonna of the Goldfinch (Raffaello) and a series of portraits: of the Duke of Urbino (Piero della Francesca), of the Man with the medal (Botticelli), of Cosimo the Old (Pontormo), of Giovanni de’ Medici as a child and Bia de’ Medici (Bronzino).

The most recent new innovation is the tactile path at the Gallery of Modern Art. From room no. 2 to room no 30 of the Gallery, blind and visually impaired visitors can touch ten works, selected among the most significant ones, made of different materials (bronze, marble, wood, semi-precious stones, plaster, terracotta, majolica), which bear witness to a few times of transition of sculpture from the Nineteenth Century to the first decades of the Twentieth Century.
The tactile path of the Corsini Villa at Castello is quite recent as well: here is a series of sculptures coming from the Uffizi Gallery, eleven busts on the whole dating back to the late republican and imperial period are placed along a path in three rooms on the first floor.



Published: 7/5/2015

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