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Florence and Italy take off again after the lockdown of the last few months. Let's take stock of the reopening dates for museums, parks and churches in Florence: what is open or is about to open and which places are, for the time being, still closed.


giardino di boboli con palazzo pittiOn Monday May 18 the Museo Ferragamo has reopened, extending the Sustainable Thinking exhibition; until June 1 admission is free and the opening hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 11:30am to 7pm. Booking is recommended.

Since Thursday May 21 the Giardino di Boboli is open once again: access to the garden is from Palazzo Pitti or from the Annalena gate and the hours are 8:45am-6:15pm from Monday to Sunday (closed on the first and last Monday of the month), while in Prato the Centro Pecci has reopened and will be free for everyone until June 1 (open from Thursday to Sunday 12pm-8pm).

On Friday May 22 we have the reopening of the Museo Leonardiano in Vinci (open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 7pm) and Leonardo's birthplace (Monday-Sunday 10am-7pm). On the same day the Duomo Complex in Florence opens again: Battistero, Cathedral, Campanile and Museo dell'Opera del Duomo will be open for free until May 31, booking is now mandatory. Cupola will be accessible from June 19, while the chrypt of Santa Reparata is closed.

On Saturday May 23 doors will be open at the Archaeological Area and the Roman Theatre in Fiesole, while the Bandini and Archaeological museums are not open yet. On the same day the Botanical Garden in Florence is due to reopen (by booking only, open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6:30pm) and also the Certosa del Galluzzo (on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 6pm).

Palazzo Pitti will reopen on May 28, while the Galleria dell'Accademia will once again be open from June 2, as well as the Cappelle Medicee and Palazzo Davanzati. Uffizi will probably be open from June 3.

The Basilica di Santa Croce will open its doors to visitors from May 30, it will be free for everyone until June 24 and can be visited on Saturday from 11am to 5pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. On May 30 also the Geology and Paleontology Museum of Florence will reopen (on Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm).

June 1 is the date scheduled for the reopening of the Aria exhibition in Palazzo Strozzi, the art show by Tomás Saraceno can be visited until November 1 2020.

Instead, we will have to wait until August to visit the Bargello; taking advantage of the forced closure, extensive conservation work has begun and for the reopening the visitors will be greeted with new itineraries.

At the moment of writing there are no news on the reopening of the Civic Museums, including Santa Maria Novella, of Palazzo Medici Riccardi, of the Museo Galileo and all the other places that we have not mentioned on this page.

Published: 21/5/2020

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