Many top sights and museums in Florence re-open end April or early May 2021 with shorter opening hours, fewer tickets, and reservations mostly essential. The Duomo sights opened but many churches are still closed.
Many of the top attractions, especially museums, in Florence reopen for visitors from end April or early May 2021. Opening hours are shorter, fewer tickets are sold, and time-slot reservations are often essential (and always sensible). The Uffizi, Bargello, San Marco, and the Medici Chapels open again early May. The Accademia (Michelangelo’s David) is also reopening early May 2021 following some structural renovation work during the lockdown period. Churches are mostly still closed but the Duomo and other sights associated with the cathedral and Santa Croce are opening.
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. 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 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 from 3 May 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; closed Tuesday and 2nd and 4th Sunday each month.
- Medici Chapels — 8:45 – 13:30 on Monday, Saturday, and Sunday; 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 Friday 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.
- Duomo (Cathedral) — 10:15 – 17:00, 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.
- Church of Santa Croce — 11:00 – 17:00 Wednesday to Monday but opening only at 13:00 on Sunday; closed on Tuesday.
- Museum of Santa Maria Novella — hours not confirmed yet.
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 mostly closed even if the attached museum may have reopened.
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 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
- 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.