How to Take (Forbidden) Pictures in Florence

How to Take (Forbidden) Pictures in Florence
If you’re going to Florence, be prepared for some of the most amazing art on earth—and be prepared to put away your camera since most museums don’t allow photos.

But don’t let that discourage you.

You’ll find plenty of art all around you from outdoor statues to gorgeous architecture to street art. While walking around Florence, we came across some fantastic chalk art and some more conceptual art like hundreds of American dollars attached to a graffitied wall. We also stumbled upon a Charlie Chaplin­–style street performance that drew an impressive crowd.

But if you’re like me and you want to remember specific works of art, there are 2 things you can do.

1. Purchase a small trinket (e.g., a magnet) of your favorite painting(s) and take a picture of it outside the museum (or with something that has the name of the museum). Then you’ll remember the exact painting you saw and where you saw it. (I also did this for Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights at the Del Prado in Madrid.)

2. If you don’t mind a little scolding, you can get a quick snap of Michelangelo’s David (I got 2!) at the Accademia. The guards shuffle around saying “No pictures!” because, well, everyone is doing it. So, you can get at least one shot under feigned ignorance. Make it a good one.

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