In June 2021, most top sights 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.
Many of the top attractions, especially museums, in Florence reopened for visitors in May 2021 and mostly operate with normal hours from June 2021. 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 usually 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 June 2021:
- Uffizi — 8:15 – 18:50, Tuesday to Sunday; closed Monday.
- Accademia (David) — Thursday to Sunday, 9:00 to 18:45; closed Monday to Wednesday.
- 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.
- Bargello Museum — 8:45 – 13:30, Wednesday to Monday; closing at 19:00 on Saturday; closed most Tuesdays.
- 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 – 18:30, 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 June 2021
Most churches and attached museums are open in June 2021:
- Duomo (Cathedral) — 10:15 – 16:30, Monday to Saturday; closed Sunday.
- Brunelleschi Dome — 12:45 – 18:45, Monday to Friday, 12:45 –17:30 on weekends.
- Campanile of Giotto — 12:45 – 19:00, Monday to Sunday.
- Museo dell’Opera del Duomo — 12:45 – 17:00, Saturday to Monday.
- Baptistery — closed.
- Church of Santa Croce — 11:00 – 17:00 Wednesday to Monday but opening only at 13:00 on Sunday; closed on Tuesday.
- Church and Museum of Santa Maria Novella — 10:00 – 17:00, Monday to Saturday; Sunday 13:00 to 17:00.
- The church of San Lorenzo — 10:30 – 16:00, Monday to Saturday; Sunday closed. (The Biblioteca Mediciae Laurenziana library remains closed 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 from May 2021 but with shorter opening hours and reservations mostly essential.
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- 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!
- 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.