Booking visits to museums of Florence

The museums of Florence are divided into State Museums and City Museums.

— State Museums of Florence —

You have the following possibilities if you want to book a visit to the State Museums ahead of time:

  • Send me, Gabriele Cantini, owner and director of Le Torri, your request by email for museum reservations. Without any extra cost on my part, you'll only pay the extra €4,00 per ticket that the museum itself asks for advance tickets. So you'll pay about €11,00 for the ticket + €4,00 booking fee). On your arrival, I will give you the booking number, name, date and time of visit, which you will show at the ticket office at the museum of your choice 10 minutes before your scheduled visit. The wait at the museum will be short. The tickets can be paid with a credit card when you pick them up. Audio guide is available at the museums.
  • Otherwise, you can contact the booking service of the State Museum directly by phone at +39-055-294883, or by FAX +39-055-264406. Hours are from 8:30am until 6:00pm local time. The number is often busy, so please insist. The cost of booking by phone is also €4,00 in addition to the ticket price. The only difference between this and booking online below is that you do NOT pay ahead of time.
  • You can also book online — You pay with credit card at the time of booking.

For some museums, there is a possibility to buy cumulative tickets with discounts to several museums.

Firenze Card
The “Firenze Card” grants admission to major museums in Florence. The card is valid 72 hours. The Firenze Card is not cost efficient if you only plan to visit the Uffizi and Academy. The pricefor each of these two museums with reservation is about Euro 15,00 per person while the Firenze Card is 72 euros. —

Free entrance
Entrance is free to European Community citizens, children under 18 yrs and adults over 65yrs. For non-EC citizens, entrance is free for children under 18yrs. You need to pay only the advance ticket fee of € 4,00 each person if you book ahead. For more information, visit the website or

The Accademy Gallery
Via Ricasoli, 60 - Tel 0039 055 2388609
Open Tuesday to Sunday 08:30 to 18:50 — Closed Monday
Seven marble works by Michelangelo: David, St. Mattew, four unfinished Prisoners, the Pietà di Palestrina. In the surrounding rooms, there is the most important picture gallery in the city after the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, with works by the primitives and by Florentine and Tuscan artists from the XIV and XV centuries.

The Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale degli Uffizi - Tel. 0039 055 2388651
Open Tuesday to Sunday 08:30 to 18:50 — Closed Monday
Begun by the Medicis in the late XVI century, it constitutes the most select picture gallery in Italy, with representative works by Italian masters: Cimabue, Giotto, Duccio, Simone Martini, Masaccio, Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo. Mannerists, Flemish, the Spanish, painters; great Venetian artists up to Tiepolo; French and German schools. It has hundreds of pictures, portraits, self portraits, miniatures, tapestries, furniture and art objects. Important Classical and Renaissance sculptures are displayed along the gallery. The characteristic Vasari corridor connects this museum with the Pitti Palace, passing over the Old Bridge. The Gallery has recently also acquired the Contini Bonacossi collection.

The Palatine Gallery
Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti Tel 0039 055 2388614
Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:30 to 18:50 — Closed Monday
Ideal continuation of the Uffizi, the vast picture gallery of the Pitti Palace is famous for its works by the great painters of the XVI and XVII centuries. Interesting are the portraits, the ceiling decorations by Pietro da Cortona and other artists. Everywhere there are sumptuous interior decorations, furniture pieces, art, chandeliers. In the halls, there are sculptural groups by Canova and Bartolini; classical works in the Statue Gallery.

The Archeological Museum
Via della Colonna, 38 - Tel. 0039 055 23575
Open Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 to 14:00
Open Sunday 9:00 to 20:00 — Closed Monday
Fundamental for the knowledge of Etruscan art and civilization, it includes the topographical Museum of Etruria, the Egyptian Museum, the second most important of its kind in Italy, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman sculptures.

The National Muesum of Bargello
Via del Proconsolo, 4 - Tel. 0039 055 2388606
Open Monday to Sunday 08:30 to 13.50
Notice — 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday closed 2nd, 4th Sunday open — 1st, 3rd, 5th Monday open 2nd, 4th Monday closed
This museum of sculpture and art objects is fundamental for the knowledge of Medioeval italian art and Renaissance art. It included works by: Donatello, Brunelleschi, I Della Robbia, Rossellino, Verrocchio, Pollaiolo, Michelangelo, Cellini, Sansovino, Gianbologna, Bernini. Other collections include: ivory works, bronze works, medals, coins, fabrics, ceramics, goldwork, and armour. Of great interest is the chapel, the frescoes attributed to Giotto and the arcade courtyard.

The Medici Chapels
Piazza Madonna degli Aldobardini, 6 - Tel. 0039 0552388602
Open Monday to Sunday 08:30 to 17.00
Notice — 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday open 2nd, 4th Sunday closed — 1st, 3rd, 5th Monday closed 2nd, 4th Monday open
The Medici chapels form part of a monumental complex intended by the Medici as their family mausoleum. The large Chapel of the Princes, decorated with semiprecious stones, with the sarcophagi and statues of the Medici Grand dukes; precious reliquaries, art objects; remarkable, the New Sacresty designed by Michelangelo, with statues of the Dukes Lorenzo d'Urbino and Giuliano di Nemours, the night and Day, the Dawn and Dusk.

St. Mark's Museum
P.zza San Marco, 1 - Tel. 0039 055 2388608
Open Monday to Friday 08:30 to 13.50
Saturday 08:30 to 18:50
Sunday 08:30 to 20.00
Notice — 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday closed 2nd, 4th Sunday open — 1st, 3rd, 5th Monday open 2nd, 4th Monday closed
The Dominican convent gathers works by Beat Angelico. The library contains precious illuminated codices; in other rooms are Robbian works, paintings by Ghirlandaio, Paolo Uccello, Fra' Bartolomeo, Sogliani and others.

Modern Art Gallery
Palazzo Pitti - Piazza Pitti - Tel 0039 055 2388616
Open Monday to Sunday 08:30 to 13.50
Notice — 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday open 2nd, 4th Sunday closed — 1st, 3rd, 5th Monday closed 2nd, 4th Monday open
A complete panorama of Tuscan painting and sculpture, from neo-Classicism to the masters of the first part of XX century. The paintings that most characterize the Gallery are those of the Macchiavelli famous Tuscan artists of the mid 19th century.

The Costume Gallery
Palazzina della Meridiana, Piazza Pitti - Tel. 0039 055 2388713
Closed 2°, 4° Sunday — Closed 1°, 3° and 5° Monday of each month
The collections cover the period between the 18th century and the present days, with some rare examples from the 16th century.

The Boboli Garden
Palazzo Pitti - Piazza Pitti - Tel. 0039 055 2651816
Closed 1st and last Monday of every month
Here is the most typical and splendid "italian garden" of the late Renaissance: a real and true open museum for its variety of statues, fountains, obelisks, fish ponds.

The Silver Museum
Palazzo Pitti, - Piazza Pitti Tel. 0039 055 2388709
Closed 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1st, 3rd, 5th Monday of every month
Masterpieces of gold-work, silverwork, enamel work, crystal, semiprecious stones, from various eras and origins, once part of the Medici collections.

The Porcellain Museum
Giardino di Boboli, "Casino del Cavaliere"- Tel. 0039 055 2388709
Closed 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1st, 3rd, 5th Monday of every month
Italian, French, Austrian, German, and English china pieces, mostly from the XVIII century, from the Medici and Lorrain collections.

Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Via degli Alfani, 78 - Tel. 0039 055 265111
Closed Sundays and holidays.
Created by the Medicis in the XVI century to promote inlaid " Florentine Mosaic work" with semiprecious stones, the Factory has a collection of works in stones, scagliola, and cameos. The collection is arranged by theme in chronological order.

The Museum of Orsanmichele
Via Arte della Lana - Tel. 0039 055 284944
Closed 1st and last Monday of every month
The Museum, yet to be completed, aims at preserving and exhibiting the decorative sculptures, paintings and works that had been explicitly commissioned for Orsanmichele, a fourteenth century building built on the spot where the oratory of San Michele in Orto once stood as warehouse and soon became a religious building thanks to the generosity of the Guilds.

— City Museums of Florence —

For the city Museum and Galleries, it's possible to buy a discount card, comprising a short guide to the museum, which entitles the owner to a 50% discount on the entrance of each city museum. The card costs € 5.16 can be bought at the ticket office and is valid for one year.

The Bardini Museum
Piazza dei Mozzi, 1 - tel. 0039 0552342427
A collection of stone and marble works (Greek to the Renaissance), tapestries, furnishing, sculpture and paintings donated to Florence by the antiquarian Stefano Bardini.

Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria - tel. 0039 055 2768465
The fourteenth-century Palace of the priors, subsequently enlarged, tells its complex history in Medieval and Renaissance environments: the Hall of the Lilies, the majestic Hall of the "Five Hundred", a work by Cronaca, (with a marble group by Michelangelo), the refined Study of Francesco I°, the Apartments of Leone X°, Eleonor da Toledo, the Elements, the Hall of the Geographical Maps, the Chapels.

Rinardo Carnielo Gallery
Piazza Savonarola, 3 - Tel. 0039 055 219432
Open only on Saturday
A collection of works of art donated to the Municipal Administration of Florence by the sculptor Rinaldo Carnielo.

— Surrounding area —

5 minutes walking distance

  • 2 Grocery shops (also open Saturday and Sunday), where you'll find bread, fruit, pasta, vegetables, cheese, etc.;
  • Butcher's shop;
  • Pharmacy;
  • News vendor;
  • Bank and ATM;
  • 2 Bars for breakfast;
  • Catholic Church;
  • Tuscan Restaurant.

— Maps and information —

Upon your arrival we will supply you with a local map with complete information regarding food shops, butchers, supermarkets, pharmacies and banks in the area.
We will also furnish you with information on touristic cities, maps and general suggestions.
We are at your disposal for any suggestions regarding the best Tuscan restaurants in the area with the possibility of reservations.