Florence Museums Open on Nov. 1, 2021, the All Saints Holiday

The Medici Chapels feature sculptures by Michelangelo

All Saint’s Day, taking place on the first of November, is a time where people can take the time off to celebrate, since most businesses and museums are closed for the day. However, certain museums will be accessible to the public, flipping expectations not only by allowing entry during this holiday, but also by opening on a day of the week when they are usually closed. The Accademia Gallery, for instance, will use this occasion to make a special opening. Organizers promise an “extraordinary day” between 9 am to 6:45 pm, with the entries lasting until 6:15 pm. Visitors use this day to witness many of the great works by Michelangelo and several other artists, with the biggest star of the show being the tall marble sculpture David

The Uffizi Gallery will also have its vast selection of art open from 8:15 am to 6:50 pm, with final admissions taking place at 5.30 pm. Reservations need to be made prior to attending. Visitors get to admire many works from a plethora of Renaissance artists, with some notable pieces being The Birth of Venus by Botticelli Medusa by Caravaggio among many others. The Palazzo Pitti complex and the Boboli Gardens will remain closed on November 1.

Some other attractions open on the same day include the Bargello National Museum, which features many of Donatello’s works including his own iteration of David, along with works by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Ghiberti; the Medici Chapels, which holds the tombs of the dukes of Nemours and Urbino marked by Michelangelo’s Day, Night, Dusk and Dawn statues; the Florence Archeological Museum; the Museum of San Marco with its Fra Angelico frescoes including The Annunciation and the Medici Villa di Castello, which holds several statues and over 1000 terracotta pots in a formal, Italian Renaissance terraced garden designed in 1538.   (nelson matos)

With Italy opening up many locations in greater capacity, museums are required to follow health regulations to prevent the spread of COVID. For more information on museum and sites-of-interest guidelines, please consult the pdf found on the following page.