The ‘Duomo,’ Florence’s Cathedral, Closes to the Public

Due to lack of personnel, a number of whom are diagnosed with COVID-19 or in quarantine because of the virus, Florence’s Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, will be off-limits to tourists beginning December 27, 2021 through rest of the holiday season and extending into the New Year. The Duomo will continue to be accessible to both residents and visitors for Mass, celebrated Monday to Saturday according to following schedule: 8:30 [...]

Sant’Edigio’s Christmas Solidarity Lunch: How to Help

A Christmas Solidarity Lunch is being organized by the community of Sant’Egidio, all to provide a festive meal to those struggling during the holiday season as part of an annual tradition. This event, thanks to the implementation of vaccinations and health regulations, is being  held once again after a pause in 2020. The lunch will be set up for December 25 from 12 to 2:30 pm under a large heated tent with spaced [...]

Free Museums for the Dec. 5 ‘Domenica Metropolitana’

Thanks to the return of the “Domenica Metropolitana” initiative, residents in and around Florence will have free admission to civic museums; this includes 41 towns and cities of greater Florence metropolitan area.  Guests can visit these sites on Sunday, December 5 if a reservation is made beforehand, which must be done by December 4 as the telephone (055 2768224) and email service (info@musefirenze.it) are not available on Sunday. More information on each museum [...]

Free Florence Fitness Classes in Local Parks

For the seventh consecutive year, the Sports Department of Florence and UISP are partnering to offer residents free outdoor fitness classes. The initiative, which aims to promote physical fitness in all ages, was discontinued in 2020 due to the pandemic. The ease on COVID-19 guidelines, however, allowed the program to resume in June and continue throughout July and September. The sessions will be offered to all ages at local public parks and green [...]

Yellow Zone Museum Reopenings & an Uffizi Discovery

  Now the Florence is back in the “yellow” zone starting on April 26, classified less at risk for Covid contagions, the city’s museums are gradually reopening.  According to the latest national decree, people now can visit state-run, city-run and church museums with restricted access.  On the weekend, visits are only permitted with a reservation made at least one day ahead of time.  Below is the list of many local cultural institutions that [...]

Welcome Back Uffizi Galleries after COVID-19 Closure

After the first wave of all city-run museums and three state run museums once again welcoming visitors on weekdays only after remaining closed over two months to comply with restrictions designed to contain Covid contagions, the Uffizi Galleries are following suit, in addition to the San Marco museum, which will become newly accessible to the public beginning Thursday, January 21.  As always, face masks are mandatory, as well as a minimum distance of [...]

Florence Museums Reopen after COVID-19 Restrictions

  Thanks to the latest national decree, a number of state and city-run museums will once again welcome visitors–for the moment on weekdays only–starting on January 18.  Uffizi director Eike Schmidt announced that while quickly opening the Uffizi complex “would be complicated,” the Boboli Gardens would be accessible starting Tuesday, January 19.  Across the city, re-openings will be a gradual process, but a few will offer paid entrance immediately. This group comprises: — [...]

San Marco Unveils Fra Angelico Room in Florence

  Because Florence is currently in a “yellow zone,” concerning Covid contagion restrictions, Florence’s beloved San Marco Museum has finally reopened–with a surprise.  During its closure it had prepared for the return of visitors by giving an updated look to one of their most popular spaces, the newly dubbed Fra Angelico Room.  The space, along with the rest of the museum, is newly accessible to guests from 8:15 am – 1:30 pm Monday [...]

The Reopening of the Bargello Museum and Brancacci Chapel

  Residents and guests alike can choose from several museums to tour that are reopening this week—including the Bargello National Sculpture Museum and the Brancacci Chapel. After a five-month closure that began with the Coronavirus lockdown, the treasures of the Bargello National Sculpture museum will once again become available to the public starting Tuesday, August 4 daily from 8:45 am to 1:30 pm (closed Tuesday except for August 4 as well as the [...]

A Date with David: the Academy Gallery Reopens

Beginning June 2, Republic Day in Italy (Festa della Repubblica), the Academy Gallery will reopen its doors to visitors. Florentines will still be able to view Michelangelo’s “David,” but with the reopening comes new adjustments and regulations to the museum. Perhaps most noteworthy, the ticket price will drop from 12 euros to 8, and visitors will be able  to download a new app called “The Right Distance.”  This app, created by Opera Laboratori [...]