Florence’s cathedral complex will reopen on Friday, May 22 and remain free of charge until the end of May. Online booking is mandatory.
“We are reopening as sign of hope, to say to Florentines and to the world that we are ready to welcome you in safety when you return to Florence,” commented Luca Bagnoli, president of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, the governing body of Florence’s cathedral complex, during today’s press conference.
The Cathedral, Museum, Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower will be open, but Brunelleschi’s Dome remains closed due to planned maintenance to the lighting system.
On June 1, the opening hours will change and the monuments and museum will open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as on June 24, the city’s patron saint day of St. John the Baptist. Ticketing will be modified too in June, shifting from a single ticket for the entire complex to five separate tickets for each monument. As from June 1, entrance to the Cupola and Bell Tower will cost 15 euro each, the Museum 10 euro and the Baptistery five euro. The Santa Reparata Crypt will remain closed due to the space’s inability to meet the Covid-19 safety conditions.
Visitor numbers will be capped to 1,000 daily for the Opera del Duomo Museum and 80 for Giotto’s Bell Tower. Only 304 people will be allowed to climb the cupola every weekend, compared to daily pre-pandemic figures of 2,600. Small groups can be accompanied by tour guides up to Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Bell Tower.
A social distancing alert device will be provided to all visitors, thought to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Developed by the Italian company Ame (Advanced Microwave Engineering), the small appliance can be worn around the neck, sounding, vibrating and lighting up whenever it detects a person approaching the wearer’s vicinity. Hand sanitizer, temperature checks and controlled entrance will ensure the safety of visitors, who are obliged to wear face protection at all times.