The Accademia Gallery’s New Summer Hours

The Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David, his Prisoners and medieval paintings, will be open from 8:15 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. starting on June 21.  Extended summer evening hours on Tuesdays also return on the 21st, during which the museum will stay open until 10 p.m. The museum will stay closed on Mondays. Because of the new hours, visitors can now fully experience the gallery’s upgraded LED lighting as it illuminates the [...]

New Single Ticket for the Pitti Palace & Boboli

The Palazzo Pitti complex and Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli) have always been accessible via the means of separate tickets, but from May 3, it will be possible for visitors to buy single admission for Palazzo Pitti (which houses multiple galleries and museums) and the Boboli Gardens. In the summer season, the ticket will be available for €22 (€4 less when compared to two individual tickets), and in the winter season for €14 [...]

Free March 6 Museum Access & Activities

The ‘Domenica Metropolitana’ returns on March 6, a day in which all residents of the Greater Florence Metropolitan area have the opportunity to visit local city-run museums for free. Thanks to the support of GIOTTO, a brand from F.I.L.A. (Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini), citizens will also be able to take part in the numerous visits and activities scheduled in various places. Cost-free entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Santa Maria [...]

The Accademia’s Renovated ‘Sala del Colosso’ Unveiled

  The Accademia Gallery has presented the newest layout of the Sala del Colosso, the first room in the historic museum. This room was previously closed for renovation for months, and has finally reopened to the public on Tuesday, February 8. Some of the changes include a vibrant hue of deep blue painted on the walls and improvements in lighting. Compared to the previous single bright light, the room is now overall darker [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]