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June 24 is the feast day for Florence’s patron saint, St. John the Baptist, and this year it falls on a Monday, day the the Uffizi is generally closed. But thanks to a special project financed by the Ministry of Italy’s Cultural Patrimony, the Uffizi will have a special opening on June 24, open all day from 8:15 to 6:50pm.

Thanks to this project, several other Italian state museums in Florence will also be open on June 24. These are:
– the Medici Chapels
– the Last Supper by Ghirlandaio at Ognissanti
– the Palazzo Davanzati
– the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele
– the Medici Villas at: Poggio a Caiano, La Petraia, the garden of the Medici villa of Castello, and the villa at Cerreto Guidi.

Thanks to the work of volunteers from the Friends of Florentine Museums, the church and museum of Orsanmichele for the special occasion will remain open longer until 9pm.

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A few days ago, the new minister for Italy’s Cultural Patrimony and Activities Massimo Bray (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali) extended the right of free entry to Italian state museums and historical sites to all non-EU minors under 18 years old.

This is wonderful news: up to now, all EU minors under 18 could enter free into state museums but families from outside of the EU visiting Italy had to pay full price entrance tickets for their children. This meant a pretty hefty overall family price to visit monuments and museums in Italy, Italy’s main attraction for visitors worldwide.

This includes the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, as well as the Accademia, the Pitti Palace, the Bargello, the Medici Chapels…. if you’re wondering about any others across Italy, you can search on the MiBAC site for a complete list.

The decree has yet to enter effect but in the meantime the Minister has asked all museums to start applying the new rules and allowing non-EU children to enter free. Here is the official press release saying so: print it out and carry it along with you to show at museum entrances in case the present staff have not yet seen it!

UPDATE: Please note that while all children under 18 qualify for free entry, if you buy advance tickets you still pay for the online commissions and booking fees for those tickets.

uffizi-terrace

After great success last year, the “Aperitivi ad Arte” or “cocktails with art” initiative returns to the Uffizi this summer.

Starting next Thursday, June 6 and every Thursday until September 25, you will be able to visit the Uffizi after normal closing hours from 7 to 10 pm.

Enjoy cocktails in the terrace overlooking Piazza della Signoria and access to the Red Rooms, the rooms dedicated to Italian 16th century artists such as Raphael, Bronzino, Rosso Fiorentino, Allori, Vasari, Andrea del Sarto and Pontormo.

Starting next Wednesday, June 5, the Aperitivo ad Arte also can be enjoyed at the Accademia Gallery while viweing Michelangelo’s David or from August 6 at the National Museum of the Bargello also viewing works by Michelangelo, Donatello and others.

Space is limited so reservations are a must by calling 055-294883, cost is € 15 for the evening.

Uffizi: sala pittori romani

The New Uffizi project continues its movement forward with the completion of the set-up of two more new rooms which are now open to the public.

The new rooms are Room 68 dedicated to art in Rome during the first half of the 1500s and Room 71 that has works of art by Correggio.

Both are located on the first floor of the Western wing, after the Raffaello room (opened in June 2012).

The two rooms are part of a series of other rooms that should be completed and open to the public in about a month’s time.

Night at the Museum 2013

As part of the Night at the Museum initiative taking place across Europe this Saturday, May 18, the Uffizi Gallery will be open from 7pm to 1am with free entrance! Last entrance is at 12:30am.

Other museums in Florence also open for Night at the Museum (same hours as above):
Accademia Gallery
Palatine Gallery (Pitti Palace)
– Museum of San Marco

Palazzo Vecchio will also be open from 6pm to midnight with free entrance.

Madonna con Bambino

Visitors to the Uffizi Gallery on Saturdays can now take advantage of visiting the current exhibition “Norma e Capriccio” with a guide, for free!

Until May 25th, every Saturday at 10.00, 11.30, 14.30 and 16.00 everyone with a ticket to the Uffizi Gallery can participate in the free educational tour of the exhibition organised by the museum staff and which lasts an hour.

Groups are a maximum number of 15, meeting point at the entrance to the exhibition space on the first floor (Sculpture Loggia).

Site of car bomb in 1993

On the 20th anniversary of the bomb disaster of Via dei Georgofili, the Superintendent of the Polo Museale Fiorentino , Cristina Acidini and the Director of the Uffizi, Antonio Natali, have decided to have a special opening of the Uffizi Gallery free of charge.

On Sunday May 26, 2013 the museum will remain open until 1:30am (last entrance at 1am May 27) in order to commemorate the precise time, 1:04am of the explosion of the car bomb that was parked by Torre dei Pulci near the Accademia dei Georgofili and in which 5 innocent lives were lost.

The personnel who will make the special opening possible will do so on a completely voluntary basis. Depending on the number of staff available, it might be possible to offer guided tours of the collections. The times and program of these visits will be posted later.

Between 6:05pm and 1am, visitors must use door #1 (normally used for visitors with advanced bookings) which will be the only entrance for the museum open at that time.

Venere di Urbino - Tiziano

As the New Uffizi project continues, the new Michelangelo room has opened in Room 35 and for now Rooms 25-34 (where Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni used to be housed) are temporarily closed as renovations continue.

A selection of works by Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto are on display in Rooms 43 and 44 for the moment.

Blue Rooms

As part of an experiment in introducing visitors to part of the new Uffizi rooms dedicated to foreign painters called the “Blue Rooms”, for the month of March and April and only on Wednesdays the rooms can only be visited with a guide.

Starting at 9:30am and every half hour until 5:30pm, visitors should gather outside the rooms at the meeting point near the elevator and wait for the next tour to start. There will be 2 groups of 15 people at a time.

This project is part of the Uffizi’s wish to experiment in offering new ways to visit and discover the masterpieces contained within the museum. After this period, the museum will evaluate visitor feedback to see whether this service is something to offer on a permanent basis. Please let the guide know what you think!

Corridoio Vasariano agli Uffizi

The entrance to the Vasari Corridor is once again through the western corridor of the Uffizi. The corridor – with entrance at the Uffizi, passage over Ponte Vecchio and exit at the Boboli Gardens near the Buontalenti Grotto – can only be visited in groups at the moment organized through external travel agencies.

You can book your visit to the Vasari Corridor, including a tour of the Uffizi Gallery, with a personal guide here.