To plan a visit of Florence means also getting all necessary information about the places of interest. In the section Map, Guide and Multimedia you can download useful guides and updated opening hours of museums, churches and monuments of the city. Nevertheless, before departure, it is important to get informed about some places, which are temporarily closed due to restoration.
Let’s start with the Vasari Corridor, one of the most popular attractions among the artistic treasures of Florence. Since 2016, the corridor has been closed to the public in order to undergo essential refurbishments and a new set-up: we expect it to reopen from 2022!
For those interested in visiting the Brancacci Chapel, this beautiful site will be closed until the end of January 2022, in order to prepare for the restoration of the works of art by Masolino and Masaccio. However, don’t lose hope! As soon as the set-up of scaffolding will be complete, possibly at the beginning of February, visitors will be able to climb up and admire the frescoes from a short distance (Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1 to 5pm). Tours are guided and have to be booked online or by phone (see more details at cultura.comune.fi.it).
Two science museums are now closed to the public: La Specola and Mineralogy and Lithology, belonging to the Natural History Museum of the University of Florence. A long work of restoration and redevelopment is taking place at the Palazzo Bini Torrigiani, traditionally hosting La Specola. The new museum will include multiple collections: zoology, mineralogy and lithology, anatomical waxworks (whose collection is going to be enlarged), mammals, ornithology, botanic and more. We have no precise date for reopening, but according to rumors, 2023 could be the good year. In the meantime, it is worth suggesting visitors to explore the exhibition Natura Collecta, Natura Exhibita at the Salone Donatello, inside the Basilica di San Lorenzo, where some of the pieces belonging to La Specola collection have been displayed.
Finally, other museums are still closed since the pandemic started: Museo Horne, Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica and Planetarium, Museo della Misericordia, Museo del Bigallo and Sala del Perugino, but we don’t have precise information about their reopening. The Medici Villas have reopened, except a couple of them. The garden of Villa Medicea di Castello is temporarily closed, although, every now and then, some exceptional events have been organized, such as the Festival Ville e Giardini incantati (Enchanted villas and gardens). At the Villa Medicea di Careggi, excluding some summer concerts in the garden, renovation works will probably continue until 2024.