All those visiting Florence on a Monday should know that some of its preeminent museums are closed, including the Uffizi and the Accademia.
But never fear! Florence still has a vast treasure trove to make tourists of every ilk fall in love with it…
We decided to put together a short guide to some of the museums that tourists should be sure to check out during their stay.
For example, on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Mondays of the month, the doors of the Bargello Museum stay open. Here you can admire its marvelous collection of sculptures by the likes of Donatello and Michelangelo. Likewise there is the San Marco Museum, inside a historic Dominican monastery, home to magnificent frescoes painted by Fra Angelico himself.
On the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, you can visit the Medici Chapels near the colorful market of San Lorenzo. This is a not-to-be-beaten chance to combined art and shopping in one of the center’s most vibrant areas.
On the 2nd and 3rd Mondays of the month, in the Palazzo Pitti, the Argenti Museum is open, where you can admire the treasury of the Medici, the Costume Gallery, Museum of Porcelain, and the splendid Boboli Garden and Bardini Garden, the place to be on a beautiful, sunny day!
Definitely not to be skipped is a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, in the very centrally located Piazza della Signoria. The building, the current site of the city hall, has been a center of city power throughout its history. Inside the Palazzo, no one can remain indifferent to the majesty of its beautiful Salone dei Cinquecento. Those who dare can climb up to the walkway of the Arnolfo Tower, which was closed to visitors until recently.
The Cathedral of Florence (S. Maria del Fiore) stays open on Mondays. Plus, the intrepid can take the chance to climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s magnificent Dome and Giotto’s Bell Tower for a breathtaking, panoramic view of Florence!
Naturally, all of the city’s churches are open every Monday. Special mention is due to the Basilica of Santa Croce, inside of which are buried the remains of some of Florence’s most important historical figures, including Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo. You can also set your eyes on Cimabue’s beautiful crucifix. Inside the Basilica there is also a historic leather school where you can watch firsthand the work of its fine craftspeople and buy certainly one-of-a-kind products.
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Make sure to keep on your agenda the basilicas of Santa Maria Novella with its lovely cloisters, and San Miniato al Monte, a little above Piazzale Michelangelo, from which you can enjoy an exclusive, unbeatable view of all of Florence!
Those interested in museums that are a bit more unusual should consider Dante’s House, in the center; the Synagogue with its attached Jewish Museum.; Ospedale degli Innocenti in the gorgeous Piazza Santissima Annunziata, and the historic Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, where you can visit the museum and buy beauty and health products still made following the formulas of yore.
For the little ones, great destinations include the Galileo Museum of History and Science and the Botanical Garden in Florence, one of the oldest in the world!
So, in a nutshell, on Mondays the charm of Florence is alive and well, and it’s ready to leave its mark on the memory of all comers.