The Via Ricasoli is the street connecting the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza San Marco in Florence. It is named after a family of aristocrats. The main attractions in this street are the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Museum of Musical Instruments.
Via Ricasoli Florence
The main attraction in the Via Ricasoli is the Galleria dell’Accademia. This famous museum was founded in 1784 by Leopoldo di Loreona and houses a collection of both ancient and modern paintings and sculptures. The absolute highlight is Michelangelo’s “David”.
Museum of Musical Instruments
A second museum in the Via Ricasoli is the Museum of Musical Instruments. Its collection belongs to the adjacent Luigi Cherubini Conservatorium, which is part of the Galleria dell’Accademia and was also founded in 1784. Its collection is small (around 50 items), but does include some of the renowned Stradivariuses.
The Teatro Niccolini was constructed by Niccolò degli Ughi and until 1861 was called Teatro del Cocomero. Giovan Battista Niccolini was a playwright from Pisa.
Other, mildly interesting buildings include the Palazzo di Bettino Ricasoli, the Tabernacolo delle cinque lampade, the Teatro della Compagnia and the Palazzo Gerini.