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April 26, 2021

Florence museums: dates and times of reopening

Distancing and compulsory booking in the 24 hours before the weekend: rules for enjoying art in the city again

Finally, it's time to reopen: one by one all our museums are back to welcome tourists and citizens into their halls, to show those masterpieces that we have missed so much in recent months.
The latest regulations add a rule for access: in addition to temperature measurement, compulsory mask during the visit, restricted access, spacing, during the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), it is necessary to book one day in advance of the visit. 

Here is the complete list:


Boboli Gardens

The Medici park will be accessible from 27 April from 8.15 am through the entrance of Palazzo Pitti. It will be open every day of the week, i.e. from Monday to Sunday (except the first and last Monday of the month) from 8.15 am to 6.30 pm (last entrance at 5.30 pm). In accordance with regulations, the Grotta Grande and the Porcelain Museum will be closed. The Upper Botany, with its treasure trove of aquatic plants, will be open every morning from Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm.


Uffizi Gallery

It will reopen on 4th May. The opening hours will be 8.15am-6.30pm, with the last entry allowed one hour before closing time. At the Uffizi Gallery - in addition to the usual tour, now extended with 14 new rooms on the first floor dedicated to the painting of the Florentine and Roman 16th century and new spaces for ticketing, reception and bookshop - will be accessible on the mezzanine floor of the exhibition of Roman sculpture dedicated to the figure of women in the imperial age Imperatrici, matrone, liberte extended from the original deadline of May 9 until June 13. The contemporary art exhibition on the theme of Dante, In-Versi, with works by Giuseppe Penone, will open on 29 June. 


Pitti Palace, Florence

The Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Treasury of the Grand Dukes will reopen in the Medici palace from 4 May, from 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
The last admission will be one hour before closing time. In the Palatina Gallery, the exhibition Leone X torna a Firenze (Leo X returns to Florence), dedicated to Raphael's masterpiece in the Sala delle Nicchie, will be open until 27 June. 


Over 700 painted figures including 248 angels, 235 souls, 21 personifications, 102 religious figures, 35 damned, 13 portraits, 14 monsters, 23 cherubs and 12 animals: these are the numbers of the representations that make up the great fresco of the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore

The tour starts on 26th April with the Cathedral (Monday to Saturday, 10.15am - 5pm) and Brunelleschi's Dome (daily, 12.45pm - 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 12.45pm - 5.30pm).


Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Firenze

From 1st to 16th May the Campanile di Giotto (open every day from 12.45pm to 7pm) and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10.15am to 5pm) will be added. The Baptistery will still be closed to the public due to the restoration work on all the internal walls of the monument. 

From 17 May, if conditions permit, the opening hours will be extended and the monuments and the Museum will be open 7 days a week. Florence Cathedral will continue to be open every day for worship and personal prayer, in accordance with safety regulations.
In order to visit the monuments and the museum (except for the Cathedral which is free of charge) it is necessary to have a ticket which can be purchased: from Monday to Friday on the website and at the ticket office in Piazza Duomo 14; on Saturdays and holidays the rule is to purchase within the previous 24 hours.


David di Michelangelo, Accademia Gallery

Re-opening scheduled for 6 May. In recent months, the museum has inaugurated several major renovation projects involving the Gipsoteca di Lorenzo Bartolini and the Sala del Colosso. It is precisely these works, which have required the movement of about 450 works, that have given rise to a striking new layout. Already from the entrance towards the Tribuna, where the David is housed, the visitor will be accompanied, walking among Michelangelo's Prigioni, by a crowd of characters: they are Lorenzo Bartolini's plaster casts, usually kept in the Gipsoteca. In the halls of the temporary exhibitions it will be possible to immerse oneself in the magic of the Renaissance, thanks to the paintings coming from the Sala del Colosso. And the section dedicated to Musical Instruments, a real jewel that brings together extraordinary pieces, will also finally be visible.
 This installation is aimed at the duration of the various construction sites that affect both the Gipsoteca and the Sala del Colosso and that will end in July 2021, when there will be a new air conditioning system in operation in all the rooms of the museum, new lighting, a redefined and more enjoyable route for the public. 


Museo del Bargello, Firenze

The Bargello reopens to the public from Monday 3rd May with the following opening times: 08.45 - 13.30. Closed on Tuesdays and the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
On 11 May the exhibition Honourable and Ancient Citizen of Florence will also be open to the public Il Bargello per Dante (until August 8, 2021), dedicated to the great poet in the year of the 700th anniversary of his death and curated by Luca Azzetta, Sonia Chiodo and Teresa De Robertis. On Tuesday 11 May, on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, the museum will be exceptionally open in advance of its closing time on Monday 10 May.

Le Cappelle Medicee

Open from 3 May with the following opening times: Saturday and Monday 8.45am-1pm. 30; Sunday 8.45am-1pm. 45; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1.45pm-6.30pm. Closed: Tuesdays; the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month.

Open from 3rd May every day from 1.45pm to 6.30pm. Closed: Tuesdays; the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month


Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze

Open from 28th April every day except Thursdays from 9.00am to 7.00pm. Thursdays from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.



The Museum directed by Sergio Risaliti starts again on 28 April with a full calendar of wonderful exhibitions. Please refer to the focus on the programme of the Museo Novecento for the dates of the exhibitions opening. The opening hours are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm. Thursday from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm.


Reopens from 28 April as follows: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am - 5pm


Museo Bardini, Firenze

Open from 30 April on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00am to 5.00pm.


MUSEO SAN MARCO - Beato Angelico - HALL

In Florence, from 3 May, you can once again admire the new Sala del Beato Angelico in the Museo di San Marco, recently refurbished thanks to generous funding from Friends of Florence, which now exceptionally hosts the diptych with the Nativity and the Oration in the Garden by Beato Angelico, from the Pinacoteca dei Musei Civici di Forlì, exhibited here thanks to an exchange agreement for the loan of the Last Judgement from the Museo di San Marco to the major exhibition "Dante. The vision of art" exhibition.
Opening times from 3rd May: Tuesday-Saturday, 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 1st and 3rd Monday of the month 8.15am-1.50pm (last admission 1.20pm)

The National Archaeological Museum of Florence reopens on 3 May with the exhibition Tesori dalle terre d'Etruria. La collezione dei conti Passerini, Patrizi di Firenze e Cortona, opened in October, immediately closed and then reopened briefly at the beginning of the year. Opening times from 3 May: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 8.30-14.00 (last admission 13.15); Thursdays and Fridays. 

From 1 May you can visit the Medici Villa in Cerreto Guidi (Tuesday-Sunday first and fourth Monday of the month, entrance only at 9.00 - 10.00 - 11.00 - 12.00 - 15.00 - 16.00)

From 4 May, the Park of Villa il Ventaglio (Tuesday-Sunday 8.15 am - 6.30 pm ) the cenacle of Andrea del Sarto (Tuesday-Sunday 8.15 am - 1.50 pm)
From 7 May, Villa Corsini in Castello


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