Many top sights and museums in Florence re-opened in January 2021 with shorter opening hours and fewer tickets but all have closed again from February with no new opening times announced yet. Churches are mostly closed.
Although many travel restrictions were still in place, several of the top attractions, especially museums, in Florence reopened for visitors from mid-January 2021. However, all sights have closed again by late February 2021 with no new opening times announced yet. The Uffizi, Bargello, San Marco, and the Medici Chapels were amongst the top sights open. The Accademia (Michelangelo’s David) is also ready to reopen following some structural renovation work during the lockdown period. Churches are mostly still closed.
Reopening of Top Sights in Florence in 2021
When top museums in Florence re-open in 2021, expect shorter hours, limited tickets, and special measures including one-way systems, small-group guided tours, and some halls closed.
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 option.
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.
Museums Open in Florence in 2021
Some top museums in Florence with new reduced opening hours in early 2021 include: NOTE all museums closed again from February 2021.
- Uffizi — second floor only but that is the one that matters — 8:30 – 18:30, Tuesday to Friday
- Museum of San Marco — 8:30 – 13:50, Monday to Friday
- Bargello Museum — 8:45 – 13:30, Monday to Friday
- Medici Chapels — 8:45 – 13:30 on Monday and Tuesday, 14:00 – 18:30 on Wednesday to Friday
- Palazzo Vecchio — 9:00 – 19:00, Monday to Friday but closing 14:00 on Thursday
- Museums in the Palazzo Pitti — 8:30 – 13:30, Tuesday to Friday
- Boboli Gardens — 8:30 – 18:30, Monday to Friday
- Accademia (David).
- Museum of Santa Maria Novella — 10:00 – 17:00, Thursday & Friday.
- Duomo (Cathedral) — 10:15 – 16:00, Monday to Friday
- Brunelleschi Dome — 12:45 – 18:45, Monday to Friday
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 in Florence remain closed even if the attached museum may have reopened. Similarly, most sights associated with the Duomo are still closed to visitors, except for the cathedral itself and the dome.
The Florence Tourist Office updates the opening hours of sights frequently in a downloadable pdf document. 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.
- 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 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
- Visit the Basilica of San Lorenzo for Renaissance Art
- See the Laurentian Medici Library by Michelangelo in San Lorenzo
- Visit the Medici Chapels in San Lorenzo (Michelangelo Statues)
- Save on Sightseeing in Florence with the Firenze Card
- 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!
- Airbnb not only has many good deals on accommodation but also offers a variety of interesting experiences that goes beyond standard guided tours.
- 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.