Tuscany, regional museums reopen. Also San Marco with new Beato Angelico room.

In Tuscany, 30 of the 49 museums of the regional directorate reopen from Thursday, January 21. Also open is the San Marco Museum with the new Beato Angelico room.

The date to mark on the calendar is Thursday, Jan. 21: on that day, most of the museums of the Regional Directorate of Tuscany (the former “Polo Museale”) will reopen to the public.Regional director, Stefano Casciu confirmed that between Jan. 21 and 26, 30 of the 49 museums, picture galleries, archaeological areas, parks, historic gardens and villas that make up the panorama of Tuscany’s state museums will reopen. “A partial start, only on weekdays, but a significant and choral one,” Casciu declares, “that returns to the public the pleasure of admiring countless masterpieces, in an ideal journey between eras and styles, and the opportunity to rediscover with new glances extraordinary caskets of art so close to our communities.”

Among the not-to-be-missed reopenings is that of the San Marco Museum in Florence, where it will be possible to admire for the first time the new Beato Angelico Room, presented so far only by streaming, recently remounted thanks to generous funding from Friends of Florence. The world’s most important selection of the Friar painter’s panel paintings counts 16 extraordinary ensembles that have been set up on new display structures under renewed and technologically updated lighting, which also enhances the harmonious relationship between the works themselves and the spaces of the room.

Also reopening at the National Archaeological Museum in Florence is the exhibition Treasures from the Lands of Etruria. The Collection of Counts Passerini, Patricians of Florence and Cortona, which opened in October and immediately closed.For the first time in about 150 years, the archaeological collection that belonged to Count Napoleone Passerini (1862-1951) and his family (on display 293 artifacts, among them Athenian vases of great quality, some with extremely rare iconographies, and one of the oldest and most important Etruscan vases of the entire red-figure production, a large vase for mixing water and wine used in the symposia of the Etruscan aristocracy of the Ager Clusinus, the territory of ancient Chiusi). Also in Florence and province, in addition to the Museum of San Marco and the Archaeological Museum, the Park of Villa il Ventaglio, the Garden of the Medici Villa in Castello, Villa Corsini in Castello and the Medici Villa in Cerreto Guidi will also reopen.

In the province of Arezzo, doors are open to the Museum of Folk Arts and Traditions of the Upper Valtiberina - Palazzo Taglieschi in Anghiari, the Abbey of San Salvatore a Soffena in Castelfranco Piandiscò, and opening also for the Sodo Archaeological Area in Cortona, while in the city d Arezzo from Monday, January 25, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale Gaio Cilnio Mecenate and the Museo di Casa Vasari return to welcome the public, and from January 26 openings also for the Basilica di San Francesco and the Museo Nazionale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna.

In the province of Grosseto, the Archaeological Area of Roselle, the Archaeological Area of Vetulonia in Castiglione della Pescaia and the National Archaeological Museum and Ancient City of Cosa in Orbetello reopen on Jan. 21. As for the province of Livorno, the National Museums of Napoleonic Residences (Palazzina dei Mulini and Villa di San Martino) in Portoferraio and the National Archaeological Museum in Castiglioncello will be open again. In Lucca, the National Museum of Villa Guinigi and the National Museum of Palazzo Mansi will be open again. In Pisa and province, the National Museum of Palazzo Reale and the Certosa Monumentale di Calci open. In Pistoia and province, the public can return to the Fortress of Santa Barbara, the Former Church of Tau, the Oratory of San Desiderio, and the National Museum of Casa Giusti in Monsummano Terme. In the province of Prato, the Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano and the Montefortini and Boschetti Archaeological Area in Comeana (Carmignano) reopen. Finally, in Siena and province, the National Picture Gallery, Villa Brandi, the National Etruscan Museum in Chiusi and the Hermitage of San Leonardo al Lago in Monteriggioni open.

The reopenings will take place in compliance with all the security regulations already stipulated in the anti-Covid protocols. For technical reasons, not all museum spaces will be fully passable, and not all of the Regional Directorate’s museum sites will open at the same time. The usual times, opening dates and entry arrangements may be subject to change, which will always be updated at www.polomusealetoscana.beniculturali.it to allow the public to better plan their visit. In line with protocols for the prevention of Covid-19 infection, wearing a mask will be mandatory everywhere in museums, even outdoors, and maintaining interpersonal distancing. Admission in some cases is exclusively by mandatory reservation and/or limited to a maximum number of visitors.

Pictured: the new Beato Angelico room at the Museo di San Marco

Tuscany, regional museums reopen. Also San Marco with new Beato Angelico room.
Tuscany, regional museums reopen. Also San Marco with new Beato Angelico room.

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