Autumn 2021: most top sights, galleries, and museums in Florence are open with shorter opening hours, fewer tickets, and reservations mostly essential. The Duomo sights and most churches have re-opened.
Most of the top attractions in Florence, especially museums and galleries, reopened for visitors and in autumn 2021 mostly operate with normal opening hours. However, fewer tickets are sold, and time-slot reservations are often essential (and always sensible). The Uffizi, Accademia (Michelangelo’s David), Bargello, San Marco, and the Medici Chapels are open again. Many churches have also reopened including all sights associated with the Duomo, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella.
Reopening of Top Sights in Florence in 2021
Top museums in Florence re-opened in 2021, with shorter hours, limited tickets, and special measures including one-way systems, small-group guided tours, and some halls closed. Florentine museums are now again open on weekends too but timeslot reservations are obligatory for weekend visits. In many cases, reservations are essential at least a day in advance with a €3-€4 surcharge.
Most museums require time-slot tickets and the number of visitors is being restricted. Buy tickets in advance — GetYourGuide has very generous and easy refund conditions, although all should refund tickets if museums have to close again. Although crowding once inside a museum will be less of an issue, visiting early or late will remain the best options.
Guided tours are also a sound option to get easy admission to museums with all groups currently small. The Firenze Card, which is usually a great savings option, will only be on sale again later in the year once more regular opening hours are in place. The Turbopass Florence City Pass is a good alternative that includes online timeslot reservations for both the Uffizi and Accademia.
Museums Open in Florence in 2021
Most top museums in Florence are open with regular opening hours in September 2021 but note that timeslot reservations at least 24 hours in advance are obligatory for visiting the Uffizi, Accademia, Pitti, and Boboli on weekends:
- Uffizi — 8:15 – 18:50, Tuesday to Sunday; closed Monday. Buy Uffizi timeslot tickets online.
- Accademia (David) — Thursday to Sunday, 9:00 to 18:45; closed Monday. Buy Accademia timeslot tickets online.
- Museum of San Marco — 8:15 to 13:50, daily but closed 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday each month and Monday after the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Buy San Marco tickets online.
- Bargello Museum — 8:45 – 13:30, Wednesday to Monday; closed most Tuesdays and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Buy Bargello tickets online.
- Medici Chapels — 8:45 – 13:30 on Monday, Saturday, and 2nd and 4th Sunday each month; 13:45 – 18:30 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; closed Tuesday and 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday each month.
- Palazzo Vecchio — 9:00 – 19:00, Monday to Sunday but closing 14:00 on Thursday.
- Museums in the Palazzo Pitti — 13:30 – 18:30, Tuesday to Sunday; closed Monday.
- Boboli Gardens — 8:15 – 17:30 (16:30 November to February), Monday to Sunday; closed first and final Monday each month.
The various civic museums (Musei Civici Florentini), including the Palazzo Vecchio and the Cappella Brancacci, also reopened with the usual idiosyncratic and complicated opening hours.
Churches Opening Hours in Florence in 2021
Most churches and attached museums in Florence are open in 2021.
Duomo Sights in Florence:
As before, admission to the Duomo remains free and without a ticket reservation option but reservations are obligatory for all other sights associated with the cathedral (with tickets significantly more pricy than before).
- Duomo (Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore) — 10:45 – 16:30, Monday to Saturday; closed Sunday.
- Brunelleschi Dome — 8:15 – 19:45, Monday to Saturday, 12:45 –17:30 on Sunday.
- Campanile of Giotto — 8:15 – 19:00, Monday to Sunday.
- Museo dell’Opera del Duomo — 10:15 – 17:00, Monday to SUnday; closed first Tuesday of the month.
- Baptistery — 11:15 – 17:30, Monday to Sunday.
Other Major Florentine Churches:
- Church of Santa Croce — 9:30 – 17:30 Wednesday to Monday but opening only at 13:00 on Sunday; closed on Tuesday.
- Church and Museum of Santa Maria Novella — 9:00 – 17:00 daily but opening on Friday only at 10:00 and Sunday at 13:00.
- The church of San Lorenzo — 10:30 – 16:00, Monday to Saturday; Sunday closed. (Until at least mid-January 2022, the Biblioteca Mediciae Laurenziana library may only be seen on guided tours at 10.30 and 11:15 on Monday, Thursday, and Friday but the Medici Chapels are open.)
Most smaller churches in Florence have reopened for all visitors.
The Florence Tourist Office updates the opening hours of sights frequently in a downloadable pdf document — it is well worth finding this document and printing it out, as it usually includes even special closing and opening hours for all museums and major churches. As always, the guard at the door has the final say, so never visit a top sight too close to closing time.
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The high season in Florence is increasingly long: Easter, May, July, August, and the Christmas holidays are especially busy. November and January to March are the only quiet months. Plan and book time-slot reservation tickets and tours when available in advance. Top sights are quieter directly at opening time or in the late afternoon.
→ → Special opening hours for top sights in 2021 — most sights are open autumn 2021 but with shorter opening hours and reservations mostly essential.
- Tips on Buying Tickets for the Uffizi Museum
- Tips on Buying Skip-the-Line Tickets for the Accademia (Michelangelo’s David)
- See Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’ Accademia
- Visit the Duomo sights: Cathedral (Duomo), Baptistery (Battistero), Bell Tower (Campanile), Dome (Cupola), Museum (Museo), and Tickets + Opening Hours
- Visit the Bargello Museum of Sculpture (Donatello’s Davids)
- Visit San Marco Museum to see the frescoes and altarpieces painted by Fra Angelico.
- Visit Santa Maria Novella Church and Museum to see medieval and Renaissance Art.
- Visit Santa Croce for Giotto Frescoes and Michelangelo’s Grave
- San Lorenzo complex: Visit the Basilica for Renaissance Art, See the Laurentian Medici Library by Michelangelo, and Visit the Medici Chapels (Michelangelo Statues)
- Save on Sightseeing in Florence with the Firenze Card (if the Firenzecard is still unavailable, consider the Turbopass Florence City Pass that includes online timeslot reservations for both the Uffizi and Accademia.
- See the Field of Miracles in Pisa
- The official Firenze Tourist Office website received a makeover and although still a bit cumbersome it has very useful information. Especially the pdf (alternative link) with the opening hours of all major sights. Unfortunately, it is only available for the current month but is the second last line on opening hours — the final say is the guard at the door, NOT the ticket window!
- Get Your Guide offers tours of all major sights while Tiqets sells online tickets for many top sights in Florence.
- Omio is good for online train tickets in Italy and most of Europe.