Pitti Palace will reopen May 28, while the Uffizi will have to wait until June 3

On the occasion of the reopening of the Boboli Gardens, director Eike Schmidt announced the dates for the other venues: Pitti Palace May 28, Uffizi June 3.

The Boboli Garden saw its first day of reopening yesterday after two and a half months of forced closure following the Covid-19 health emergency. In order to visit the famous Florentine garden, which offers a vast collection of rare plants and flowers and more than three hundred sculptures, safety measures are in place, such as the use of the thermoscanner at the entrances, mandatory face mask, interpersonal distance of at least 1.80 meters; groups cannot consist of more than ten people, tour guides must use the whisper system (microphone and earphones). Garden hours and opening days remain unchanged, daily from 8:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., except for the Upper Botany area, which will remain open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Buontalenti Grotto and the Porcelain Museum, however, will remain closed.

“Opening Boboli, the green heart of Florence, at the end of the most critical and darkest phase of the emergency is a very powerful signal of rebirth, a wish for all of us,” said Uffizi Galleries Director Eike Schmidt. “It will be followed gradually, as suggested by the government’s Technical and Scientific Committee, by the museums of Palazzo Pitti and the Uffizi. In the meantime, let’s enjoy the garden: I invite all visitors to admire it not only for its botanical treasures, but also as a splendid open-air museum, with its priceless heritage of ancient, Renaissance and Baroque sculptures scattered everywhere.”

In fact, the Pitti Palace is scheduled to open on May 28, while visiting the Uffizi will have to wait until June 3. Palazzo Pitti will also see the opening of the first monographic exhibition dedicated to seventeenth-century painter Giovanna Garzoni.

“Although we were ready across the board,” Schmidt added, “we have declined these openings by following to the letter the indications of the scientific technical committee: first the open-air museums, such as Boboli, then the small ones, with less than a hundred thousand visitors a year, and finally the larger ones, such as the Uffizi.”

Pitti Palace will reopen May 28, while the Uffizi will have to wait until June 3
Pitti Palace will reopen May 28, while the Uffizi will have to wait until June 3

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