If you want to get slightly off the beaten path while in Florence, you could do far worse than visiting the Stibbert Museum.
It is like what House on the Rock could have been if only House on the Rock was better. Seriously.
The museum was created by Frederick Stibbert.
Frederick’s grandfather, Giles, had been commander in chief for the British East India Company and Governor of Bengal. Giles was filthy rich, and passed on his fortune to Frederick when he was 21.
Frederick then used that vast fortune to collect stuff, lots and lots of stuff. He had a huge thing for armor and collected a huge armor collection (some 16,000 pieces) from all over the world.
In addition to armor, there are collections of swords, guns, and other weapons, along with paintings and china.
The Asian armor helmets were amazing, as were the horses covered in armor.
Just like the guy who built the House on the Rock, Stibbert never married.
Unlike the guy who built the House on the Rock, when Stibbert died in 1906, he bequeathed everything to the city of Florence. So, now everyone can visit and see his amazing collection for a very reasonable price (only 8 Euro).