Museums and cultural sites reopen in Florence

Museums and cultural sites reopen in Florence

Mon 26 Apr 2021 9:59 AM

Now that Tuscany has returned to yellow zone status, Florence’s museums and cultural centres are reopening their doors to the public.

Please note that booking is mandatory at weekends to limit numbers. 




Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore



Florence Cathedral is open for visitors from Monday to Saturday, 10:15am-5pm and Brunelleschi’s Dome is open daily 12:45-7pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:45-5:30pm).


On May 16, Giotto’s Bell Tower will reopen daily 12:45-7pm, as will the Opera del Duomo Museum on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 10:15am-5pm). The Baptistery remains closed for restoration.




Boboli Gardens



On Tuesday, April 27, the Boboli Gardens reopen daily (apart from the first Monday of the month) from 8:15am to 6:30pm.




Uffizi + Palazzo Pitti



The Uffizi and Palazzo Pitti will reopen on May 4. Opening hours (Uffizi): 8:15am- 6:30pm. Opening hours (Palazzo Pitti): 1:30-6:30pm. While you can turn up on weekdays, booking is now required at weekends to limit numbers: or +39 055 294883.




Civic museums



The Palazzo Vecchio Museum is open daily 9am-7pm and 9am-2pm on Thursdays. The Torre di Arnolfo is open daily 9am-5pm and 9am-2pm on Thursdays. Museo Novecento is open daily 11am-7pm and 11am-2pm on Thursdays. The Brancacci Chapel is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm. The Stefano Bardini Museum will reopen on Friday, April 30 (Mondays, Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm). Tickets can be booked online at, by emailing or calling +39 055 2768224. You must book in advance for weekend museum visits. 




Villa Bardini Gardens



The Villa Bardini gardens are open from 10am and 6pm until the end of May. Booking required at the weekend and on holidays: / +39 055 294883.




Salvatore Ferragamo Museum



See the Silk exhibition from Monday to Friday 11am-7pm. Booking required: / +39 055 3562846/2466.




Roberto Casamonti Collection




The Roberto Casamonti Collection in Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, via Tornabuoni (piazza Santa Trinita, 1) opens from April 28 with opening hours from Wednesday to Sunday, 11.30am to 7pm with last admission at 6.30pm. Reservations required T: 055 602030,




Museo del Calcio


The Football Museum in Coverciano reopens to the public on Saturday May 1. Admission is from 10am to 6pm, with reservations required for weekend visits:, T: 055 600526.



Museo Galileo




The Galileo Museum reopens with free admission and guided tours (for 10 people) from May 4, held from Tuesday to Friday at 11am, 3pm and 4.30pm, and Saturdays at 10am and 11.30am. Reservations are required by calling 055 265311 from Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 9am-1pm.




Stibbert Museum



The Stibbert Museum will reopen to the public from May 3. Opening hours will be from 10am to 2pm Monday to Wednesday and 10am to 6pm, Friday to Sunday. For weekend visits, it’s required to bookt will be necessary to book at least one day in advance by phoning 055 475520, or emailing




Palazzo Medici Riccardi




On May 7, Palazzo Medici Riccardi will reopen, with free admission for residents on the first weekend. From May 8, there will be guided tours held on Saturdays and Sundays, with reservation required. Opening times are from 10.30-6.30pm, with last access at 5.30pm. Email, indicating name, surname, day and desired time, or call 055 2760552. It’s not possible to call to book a visit for the same day.




Museum System of the University of Florence, the Botanical Garden, the Museum of Geology and Paleontology




The Museum System of the University of Florence, the Botanical Garden and the Museum of Geology and Paleontology will reopen from May 8, visitable on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 6pm with guided visits on Saturdays at 10.30am. The Giardino dei Semplici Botanical Garden on via Pier Antonio Michele 3 will be open from 10am to 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday, with guided tours at 10am on Sunday. Guided visits to Villa La Quiete (via di Boldrone 2) resume on May 11, open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm. Reservations are required for all of the above by emailing or calling 055 2756444. The Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology (via del Proconsolo, 12) and the “La Specola” Museum are temporarily closed to the public for redevelopment works.




Santa Maria Novella



From May 10, the Santa Maria Novella museum complex will reopen, open from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday, and Sunday 1-5pm. Booking prior to the day of the visit is required. From May 18-25, it will not be possible to purchase the ticket online. Book by calling 055 2768224, or by sending an email to




Prato Museums



Until May 28, there will be free admission to the Palazzo Pretorio Museum and the Museo del Tessuto in Prato (the latter will be temporarily closed from May 10-21 for the installation of the upcoming exhibition, Turandot and the fantastic east of Puccini, Chini, Caramba). The Luigi Peci Center for Contemporary Art will reopen on May 8 with three new exhibitions: a retrospective dedicated to Chiara Fumai, works by photographer Marialba Russo titled Cult Fiction, and the video review After Us, followed by the opening of the Cambio multidisciplinary project by Formafantasma on May 15. The Diocesan Museums of Prato will open from May 10.




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