(Museo di Orsanmichele)
圣弥额尔教堂 (Orsanmichele) 位于佛罗伦萨最熙熙攘攘的大街Via Calzaiuoli（大教堂到领主广场之间的购物街）中段。教堂名字的意思是「圣米迦勒的厨房花园」。
圣弥额尔教堂博物馆只有每周一开放，10:00 – 17:00。免费进入。
Rodolfo Siviero被称为“艺术界的007”，他致力于寻找并收复在“二战”期间被盗的意大利艺术珍品，从1944年开始这项事业到1983年逝世，他收复了意大利各个时代的珍贵文物，并保存在他在佛罗伦萨居住的房子Casa museo di Rodolfo Siviero里，在他去世前，将这所房子连同里面的文物都捐献给了托斯卡纳大区。这座房子就在老桥边，也许你从它面前走过了无数遍，却不知道里面有个艺术博物馆吧。
地址：Lungarno Serristori, 1-3, Firenze；紧邻阿诺河南岸，从老桥南端向上游走1km左右。
If there is one thing Florence is not lacking, that is a large of number of museums. One Firenze card allows you to visit 72 museums in town in 72 hours. From this information alone you realize the sheer number of museums in this small city. No need to mention the very well know Galleria degli Uffizi and the Accademia.No need to add details about these big shots, but there are museums in city centre of Florence that are not crowded by tourists, while they are definitely worth a visit.
MUSEO DI ORSANMICHELE
The church of Orsanmichele lies on the busiest street of Florence: Via Calzaiuoli, between the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. The name Orsanmichele means “the kitchen garden of San Michele” in Tuscan dialect.
“Dramatic” would be the appropriate adjective to describe the history of Orsanmichele church. It used to be a grain market when just built. After decades it became a monastery, then a church, working as an office and a granary at the same time. Now, it is back to being a church and also a tourist site. It is rather easy to spot it on the crowded street: it shows 14 niches caved on the outer walls around the church, in each niche standing a statue. For instance, St. John the Baptist, Christ and St. Thomas, or Four saints.
Due to the protection of precious arts, what we see on the walls now are replicas. The original works are kept inside the museum of Orsanmichele, where the granary used to be. Except one: “St. George” by Donatello, being replaced by a bronze copy in 1892. The original is placed in Bargello museum. While the statue of Christ and St. Thomas was replaced by Donatello’s St. Louis of Toulouse, now in Santa Croce museum.
The museum of Orsanmichele only opens on Monday, from 10am to 5pm, free entry.
THE HOUSE OF “THE 007 OF ART”
Rodolfo Siviero was called “the 007 of art”, because of his effort in recovering artworks stolen from Italy during the World War II. From 1944 until his decease in 1983, he had been working intensively to successfully artwork retrieving. Everything was kept in his house in Florence, which he donated to Tuscan Region before he passed away. Every work was maintained in good condition. This house, Casa Museo di Rodolfo Siviero, stands right next to Arno river, few steps from Ponte Vecchio. You might have walked right past it without realizing how many remarkable artworks are there.
Address: Lungarno Serristori, 1-3, Firenze
The museum is free to enter, but only opens 3 days in a week.
Sunday and Monday: 10am-1pm; Saturday from September to June: 10am-6pm; Saturdays in July and August: 10am-2pm; closed if the opening day happens to be public holidays.