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 [...]

January 5 Free Museum Sunday & Davanzati Show

A number of museums in Florence and its greater metropolitan area are offering free entrance on Sunday, January 5.  The list includes the Uffizi and Accademia galleries; the Palazzo Pitti museums (all open 8:15 am – 6:50 pm); the Boboli Gardens (8:15 am – 4:30 pm); the Archeological Museum, the Bargello National Sculpture Museum and the Medici Chapels (all open 8:15 am –  2 pm) in addition to the Palazzo Davanzati Museum of [...]

Michelangelo Pietà Restoration by ‘Friends of Florence’

The Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (the organization which directs the Opera del Duomo or Cathedral Museum) announced the restoration of a piece of art, an immense sculpture by Michelangelo. The project is being financed by Friends of Florence. Work will go on until summer of 2020 and it will be conducted behind glass walls so that visitors to the museum will be able to see all the stages of the restoration [...]

Free Week at Accademia Gallery

November brings a free week for visitors to the Accademia Gallery:  the museum is accessible at no charge to all from Tuesday, November 5 to Sunday, November 10.  Hours are 8:15 am to 6:50 pm. The Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s iconic nearly 17-ft.-tall David, as well as his Slaves, which line the hall to his masterpiece. Many people who visit Florence to see an exceptionally famous piece of Carrara marble think Michelangelo [...]

Cheap Access to City Museums: the Card del Fiorentino

The Florence Civic Museum System introduces “Card del Fiorentino” for those living in the greater metropolitan area: only €10 a year for residents to access three guided tours and unlimited entrance to city museums. October 1 marked the kickoff for the “Card del Fiorentino” that provides easy access to the city’s new civic museum pass for only €10 a year for Florence residents. This pass includes unlimited entrance to the civic museums, access [...]

Enjoy Free Concerts in Casa Buonarroti

    July 4, 15, & 23: WORDS AND MUSIC: SUMMER EVENINGS IN CASA BUONARROTI. Casa Buonarroti, Via Ghibellina, 70. 9 pm. Free admission. Music is capable of speaking without words, much like art. It only makes sense that a series of concerts named Words and Music will be held in the courtyard of a famed artist’s family home. The series will take place in Casa Buonarroti, purchased by Michelangelo. For the 28th [...]

David Bowie ‘Heroes’ Pops in the Palazzo

Until June 28: “HEROES:” DAVID BOWIE EXHIBITION with photographs by Masayoshi Sukita. Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via Cavour 1. Open 9 am – 7 pm, (closed Wednesdays). Admission; €10 full, €6 reduced, free for those under 17. Over 60 photographs tell the story of David Bowie’s career, and the unique relationship between the English singer songwriter and Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita. The images follow over 40 years of artistic collaboration, from their first meeting [...]

Museum Art Under the Stars

Pass the hours with Dawn and Dusk. It’s that time of year again when people can enjoy the city’s galleries under the moonlight. The Uffizi, the Accademia, and the Medici Chapels Museum have extended their hours for the fourth summer running. On every Tuesday and Thursday until September 26, the Academia will be open between 7 and 10 pm. The Uffizi will be open on Tuesdays at from 7 pm to 10 pm [...]

Statue of Santa Croce Replicated in New York

The Statue of Liberty, located on Ellis Island in New York City, has undeniable similarities to the statue found in the Basilica of Santa Croce, which was created by Pio Fedi. It is believed that after visiting Florence, the artist of the famous statue in New York, Auguste Bartholdi, was inspired by “Freedom of Poetry” in Florence. The Opera de Santa Croce and Kent State University of Ohio have collaborated on the exhibition [...]