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Many days with free admission to state museums in Florence, also on the occasion of symbolic anniversaries in the history of the city, of Tuscany and of Italy, or else to entice visitors during the low season.

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In the state museums - in addition to the free entrances every first Sunday of the month between October and March - a wide series of other "free days" have been scheduled also for the rest of the year. The new initiative for 2019 concerns all state museums, but with different schedules that we have summarised here below in chronological oder:

March
Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli are first on March 17, date of the Italian Unification in 1861: this free day pays tribute not only to the unity but also to the role of Palazzo Pitti, residence of the Savoy from 1865, where Vittorio Emanuele II lived during the six years when Florence was the Capital of Italy, until 1871.
Uffizi, Pitti and Boboli will be free on March 24, the Sunday before the Florentine New Year, and the birth date of Francesco I de' Medici (in 1541), the 'founder' of the Uffizi as a museum and a research area. On the same day there is free admission to the Museo di San Marco too.
On Monday March 25, Feast of the Annunciation and, until 1750, the date of the Florentine New Year, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale will be open for free.
March 27 is the day of the David di Donatello award ceremony, a high-profile film prize, and on that occasion there will be free admission to: Museo Nazionale del Bargello (that houses Donatello's original masterpiece), Cappelle Medicee and Palazzo Davanzati.

April
Thursday 25, Liberation Day, free admission to Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Cappelle Medicee, Palazzo Davanzati, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Museo di San Marco. April 29 free entrance to the Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

May
May 1, Labour Day, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale is open for free while Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure opens for free on May 2 and again on May 31.
On Thursday May 9, Europe Day, there is free admission to the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Cappelle Medicee, Palazzo Davanzati.
Free admission to the Uffizi on May 26, for the remembrance of the Georgofili slaughter, in memory of the tragic event that occurred on May 27 1993 and in homage to the rule of law values.

June
June 2 Republic Day: free admission to Uffizi, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Cappelle Medicee, Palazzo Davanzati, Museo Archeologico Nazionale.
On June, free entrance to the Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure on Thursday 12 and Friday 21.
On June 24, for the feast of St. John the Baptist, patron saint of Florence, there will be free admission to the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Cappelle Medicee, Palazzo Davanzati, Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Museo di San Marco, Uffizi, Pitti and Boboli will be open for free the day before, Sunday June 23.

July
Free entrance at Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure on July 30.

August
On August 4 free admission to Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli: the occasion is the dramatic night of the bridges, on August 4 1944, when the Nazi army that occupied Florence blew up several bridges on the Arno, including the Santa Trinita one, designed by Michelangelo and constructed by Bartolomeo Ammannati at the behest of Cosimo I.
Free admission to the Uffizi on August 11, on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic fire that on August 12 1762 ravaged a part of the gallery, destroying many works of art stored within.
The Museo di San Marco has a free day scheduled for August 15, Assumption of the Virgin.
Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli will be free again on August 27 when, in 1569, Cosimo I became Grand Duke, the event that marked the birth of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Cosimo himself commissioned the construction of the building that would house the Magistrature, i. e. the functions of the Florentine state machine, later known as the Uffizi; he also completed the works on the Giardino di Boboli and enlarged the Pitti mansion.

September
September 3 Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure will be free.
Sunday 8, Nativity of Mary, free admission to the Museo di San Marco.
Free admission to Bargello, Cappelle Medicee, Palazzo Davanzati on September 29, on the occasion of the "Corri la vita" race.

October
(Sunday at the Museum is back again: that means free admission to all state museums on Sunday October 6.)
Museo Archeologico Nazionale is open for free on Wednesday October 2, for Grandparents' Day.
Free admission to the Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli is scheduled for October 11, in homage to Vittoria Della Rovere, the last descendant of the noble house of the dukes of Urbino, fifth Grand Duchess of Tuscany and wife of Ferdinando II dei Medici, on the anniversary of her arrival from Pesaro to Florence, together with her mother Claudia, when she was barely one year old.
On October Sunday 13, national family museum day, it will be the turn of Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Cappelle Medicee and Palazzo Davanzati while San Marco will be open for free on October 15, in celebration of the museum's founding.
On October 31 instead we will remember the family pact signed by the last Medici heir, the Electress Palatine Anna Maria Luisa with Francesco Stefano di Lorena in 1737, by which the collections and the cultural heritage of the Grand Dukes were bound to stay forever in Florence and in Tuscany: on this day there is free admission to the Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli.

November
Free admission on November 1, All Saints' Day, to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Museo di San Marco, while the Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure is open for free on November 4 and the Uffizi is free on November 6.
(Sunday at the Museum on November 3, free admission to all state museums.)
A whole week of free admission to the Galleria dell'Accademia is planned from November 5 to 10, during what is usually known as the off-season.
To honour the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, on November 22 there will be free admission to the Galleria dell'Accademia; we suggest you to also visit the Museo degli Strumenti Musicali within the Galleria.
The last occasion in November for Palazzo Pitti, Giardino di Boboli, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Cappelle Medicee and Palazzo Davanzati, with free admission on November 30, for the Tuscany Day celebration, on the occasion of the anniversary of the death penalty abolition in the Grand Duchy that was decided in 1786 as part of the penal reform of Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena.

December
(Sunday at the Museum on December 1, free admission to all state museums.)
On December 8, Immaculate Conception, the free museums are: Galleria dell'Accademia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Museo di San Marco.

 When these museums are free is not possible to reserve.

 

 

 

 

 

Published: 1/11/2019

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