2024: Florence Opening Hours of Top Sights, Museums, and Churches

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by Henk Bekker

in Florence, Italy, N24, NAdX, Tuscany

In 2024, all top sights, galleries, churches, and museums in Florence are open with normal opening hours but buy skip-the-line tickets with online time-slot reservations wherever possible.

Botticelli Birth of Venus in the UffiziAutumn 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.
Such views are still possible early morning

Most of the top attractions in Florence, especially museums and galleries, are open to visitors and in 2024 mostly operate with normal opening hours. Buy skip-the-line, timeslot reservation tickets online wherever possible — the small reservation fees are money well spent. The Uffizi, Accademia (Michelangelo’s David), Bargello, San Marco, and the Medici Chapels are open and as popular as ever. Tickets are required for the top churches with the best art such as Santa Croce, San Lorenzo, and Santa Maria Novella. Whenever possible, buy tickets and make reservations online in advance — it is almost always high season in Florence.

Opening Hours of Top Sights in Florence in 2024

Botticelli Birth of Venus in the Uffizi with crowds and phone cameras
The Uffizi and top Florentine sights are again crowded on many days

Top museums in Florence are open in 2024 and mostly use the regular opening hours, although one-way systems and only small-group guided tours are enforced at busy times. Time-slot reservations are no longer obligatory for sights in Florence other than climbing the cupola or campanile of the Duomo but remain utterly sensible for top sights such as the Uffizi, Accademia (David), Pitti Palace, and Boboli Gardens.

The €3 to €4 timeslot reservation surcharge on museums and sights in Florence is absolutely worth the time saved, as visitors without reservations remain at the back of the queue while others enter. Buy tickets in advance — GetYourGuide has very generous and easy refund conditions. With visitor numbers again increasing, visiting early or late remains the best time to see top sights.

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, is again available in 2024 but without a transportation option. The Turbopass Florence City Pass is a good alternative that includes an option for easy online timeslot reservations for the Uffizi, Accademia, and climbing the cupola of the Duomo.


Museums Opening Hours in Florence in 2024

The large marble statue of David by Michelangelo is often described as the most famous statue in the world. David is displayed in the Accademia Gallery in Florence, where it is the most impressive work to see.

Most top museums in Florence are open with regular opening hours (which are often irregular) in 2024 — timeslot reservations for visiting the Uffizi, Accademia, Pitti, and Boboli are no longer obligatory but very sensible at all times.

Opening hours are mostly as follows in early 2024 with longer opening hours likely during the summer vacations — evenings are a great time to visit the major museums in the warmer months:

Caravaggio's Medusa and phone camera screen in the Uffizi in Florence

The various civic museums (Musei Civici Florentini), including the Palazzo Vecchio and the Cappella Brancacci (reservation essential), are open but with the usual idiosyncratic and complicated opening hours. 

Free admission to the state museums on the first Sunday of the month is again possible. On these Sundays, no time-slot reservations are possible — queuing up is the only way in. Visitors with limited time in Florence may spend time better elsewhere. Free Sunday museums include amongst others all museums listed above (except Palazzo Vecchio) as well as the Boboli Gardens and the Giardino Bardini.

Churches Opening Hours in Florence in 2024

Most churches and attached museums in Florence are open in 2024.

Opening Hours of Duomo Sights in Florence in 2024:

As before, admission to the Duomo (cathedral) remains free and without a ticket reservation option, while ticket reservations are obligatory for climbing the dome and the campanile. The previous combination ticket system was reintroduced:

  • Duomo (Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and Santa Reparata) — 10:15 – 15:45, Monday to Saturday; closed Sunday except for services.
  • Brunelleschi Dome — 8:15 – 18:45 on weekdays, 8:15 – 16:30 on Saturday, 12:45 -16:30 on Sunday. (Time-slot reservations are always essential.)
  • Campanile of Giotto — 8:15 – 18:45, Monday to Sunday. (Time-slot reservations are required, except when using a Brunelleschi Pass.)
  • Museo dell’Opera del Duomo — 8:30 – 19:00, Monday to Sunday; closed first Tuesday of the month.
  • Baptistery — 8:30 – 19:30 Monday to Sunday, closing at 13:30 on the first Sunday of the month.

Other Major Florentine Churches:

Most smaller churches in Florence are open for visitors but often close during the middle of the day from around noon to 16:00 — some longer, some shorter. Times are posted on the door.

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.


The high season in Florence is increasingly long: Easter, May, July, August, and the Christmas holidays are especially busy. November and January to mid-March are the only quiet months. Plan and book time-slot reservation tickets and tours when available in advance — the Accademia and the Uffizi are again sold out weeks in advance. Top sights are quieter directly at opening time or in the late afternoon.

→ →  Special opening hours for top sights in 2024 — most sights are open normal hours in 2024 but advance time-slot reservations when available are always sensible even for sights where bookings are optional.

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About the author:

Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance travel writer with over 20 years of experience writing online. He is particularly interested in history, art, and culture. He has lived most of his adult life in Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. In addition to European-Traveler.com, he also owns a travel website on the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland and maintains statistical websites on car sales and classic car auction prices. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Development Finance from the University of London.

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