Two girlfriends of mine from Chile arrived in Florence on Friday to visit me. And when someone comes into town to visit, I always have to plug all my favorite places to visit. I told them that they had to visit the Bargello along with the Uffizi. The Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia has been on my list of places to visit and today, I finally got my chance.
The museo has only been open about a year and a half and is located in Piazza Santa Maria Novella under the loggia.
My two friends and I walked over to the SITA bus station today to get them on a bus for Siena. I had decided the night before that after I accompanied them, I'd go to the Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia. The next bus to Siena wasn't for an hour and a half later, so we all went to the museo (museum) together to kill some time.
I had assumed that it would be a small museo with an exhibition and maybe a few antique cameras. But, I was quickly surprised when I saw the amazing Giuseppe Tornatore exhibit along with rooms upon rooms of the permanent exhibitions.
I had wanted to take pictures in the museo of the Giuseppe Tornatore exhibition, the antique cameras, the scrapbooks, the old sepia photos, the reproductions of photos for the blind, and the amazing rooms that housed everything, but unfortunately no pictures were allowed, not even in the bookshop, which was amazingly beautiful as well. In the end, I took a picture of the outside of the museo.
I plan on going back to the museo for a longer visit as we didn't have enough time in an hour to really appreciate everything that was there. I might wait for the next major exhibition, but the photos that are on display are so memorable and impressive that I can still picture a few of them in my mind.
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