Museums are Free from 16th to 17th

Events, Things to Do — By katiegreenaway on March 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

Starting on March 16th at 7pm to March 17 til 1am, all state and municipal museums will be open to visitors and it will be free to everyone who enters. The reason is to celebrate the unification of Italy which was 150 years ago on March 17th. And who says Italy doesn’t deserve another national holiday. From Piazza Beccaria and Borgo la Croce, crossing through Borgo degli Albizi and Via del Corso and ending in Piazza della Repubblica, a “tricoloured path” will be decorated in three colors: red, green and white to distinguish the Italian flag. Shops and bars will be festive as well with the same colors of the Italian flag. In all of Florence’s main piazze there will be a variety of events.

In Piazza Santa Croce, there will be music and theater. Piazza del Duomo there will be arts and crafts set up. Piazza della Signoria will house a gazebo dedicated to Italian art.

At around midnight, mayor Matteo Renzi will hang a brand new Italian flag (which was given to Florence by the President the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano) to commemorate the opening of the new musical theater in May.

Uffizi Gallery

Here are the Museums that will be free:

Galleria degli Uffizi
Galleria dell’Accademia
Mostra Elettrice Palatina
Galleria Palatina
Museo degli Argenti
Galleria d’Arte Moderna
Giardino di Boboli
Museo di San Marco
Medici Chapels

Mostra Desiderio da Settignano
Museo Nazionale del Bargello
Museo Archeologico
Museo dell’Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Ville Medicee

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