The European Night at the Museum returns this Saturday

This Saturday July 3 several cultural sites in Tuscany are open for the European Night of Museums 2021, with extended evening hours paying for entrance only 1 euro.

Normally this event, designed to promote the artistic heritage of the Old Continent, takes place in May, but this edition was moved to summer due to the pandemic. The 2021 Museum Night program is also more limited than in previous years but something better than nothing, right?

With the European Night at the Museum, we can return to enjoying art at a budget rate because entry will only be a symbolic price of 1 euro at the sites that will be open this Saturday, generally from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm.


Four state museums and one private one will be open in Florence: the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery, the Bargello Museum, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure museum and the Marino Marini Museum.

The entry fee for the museums before the evening hours will be the usual, while in the evening those who are entitled to free admission will pay nothing; the rest will pay only 1 euro.

At the Uffizi, which has not participated in the event for the last two years, reservations are not required.

The Galleria dell’Accademia, which reopened the first floor dedicated to the Late Florentine Gothic period just yesterday, it is mandatory to book your entrance online or by calling Firenze Musei on 055 294883. The cost will then be the 1 euro added to that of the reservation. Last admission is at 9.30pm.

No reservations, however, are needed for the Bargello Museum, which also hosts the exhibition “Honorable citizen of Florence”, dedicated to Dante Alighieri’s relationship with his city. The last admission is scheduled at 9.20pm.

Reservation is required to visit the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum (via degli Alfani): an online service has been activated to set an entry time, between 7pm and 10pm. Reservations already started on June 28th so let’s hope there is still space – there are 5 entry times, each for a maximum of 6 visitors and with exit scheduled 60 minutes later: 7.00 pm, 7.30 pm, 8.00 pm, 8.30 pm and 9.00 pm. In case it is sold out, you can put yourself on the waiting list. If you’ve never visited, I recommend you book because this museum is definitely a pleasure to discover.

Lastly, the private Marino Marini Museum will be open from 9pm to midnight (last admission at 11.30pm) without the need for a reservation. Tickets can be purchased the same evening directly on site.

As for the rest of Tuscany, the Museums of the Polo Museale Toscana that adhere to the initiative are the following.

Pisa – National Museum of San Matteo

The National Museum of San Matteo will remain exceptionally open in the evening from 8pm to 11pm with two entrances at 8pm and 9.30pm, with the visit lasting an hour. Admission, at the symbolic cost of 1 euro, (with the free admission required by law) will be allowed for a maximum of 15 visitors at a time. Reservations are recommended by calling 050 541865.

During the visit it will again be possible to admire the imposing Madonna with Child between saints and musician angels by Taddeo di Bartolo, painted in tempera and gold on wood, executed between 1396 and 1397, for the Pisan church of San Michele in Borgo, and for this reason known as the Triptych of Borgo, which was just recently restored.

Lucca – National Museum of Palazzo Mansi and National Museum of Villa Guinigi

On Saturday the National Museums of Lucca will remain exeptionally open in the evening from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The initiative provides for the extraordinary evening opening of museums and places of culture at the symbolic cost of 1 euro.

National Museum of Palazzo Mansi

Evening opening with admission only with accompanied visits at: 19.30; 20.30; 21.30

Reservation is not necessary. A maximum of 12 people can access the museum at the same time. Guided tours are allowed for groups of up to 6 people including the guide, with headphones, always respecting safety distances. It is necessary to book with the museum in advance by calling 0583 55570 or by writing to

National Museum of Villa Guinigi

Opening in the evening from 19.30 to 22.30 (last admission at 22).

A maximum of 12 people can access the museum at the same time with required booking by phone (from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 11.30) at the number 0583.496033.

Cerreto Guidi – The Medicean Villa at Cerreto Guidi

A full day is planned at the villa. On Saturday at 11.00 the public can participate in the thematic guided tour “The vocation of a villa” by Silvia Matteuzzi.

The Medici Villa of Cerreto Guidi was the hunting residence of Cosimo I dei Medici, and his daughter Isabella’s favorite home, the holiday and leisure place for the grand ducal family, where they could delight in their greatest passion: hunting. Hunting was considered an important event, which represented and exalted the splendor of the court and the greatness of the prince, so much so that it had its own ceremonial to which everyone adhered. A journey through hunting traditions and weapons that are real works of human ingenuity at the interesting museum inside.

In the afternoon from 6.00 pm extraordinary evening opening for the European Night of Museums 2021 and guided tours dedicated to the “Star of the Medici house. In memory of Isabella Medici Orsini “, as part of the visits scheduled for “I Giardini della Bizzarria 2021, III edition”. Free entry. Reservations required Pro Loco Cerreto Guidi Office Tel. +39 0571 55671

Arezzo – National Archaeological Museum “Gaio Cilnio Mecenate” and the Roman Amphitheater

On the occasion of the European Night of Museums 2021, the Regional Directorate of Museums of Tuscany inaugurates the photographic exhibition “Through our eyes” at the National Archaeological Museum of Arezzo on Saturday July 3, created and promoted by the non-profit organization Still I Rise and in program until September 11, 2021. The Museum will be extraordinarily open to the public until 11 pm with admission by reservation at the symbolic ticket rate of 1 euro.

“Through Our Eyes” contains about 250 color shots taken by 48 refugee minors from the Hotspot of Samos (Greece) with disposable Kodak cameras, after following the photography workshops of Nicoletta Novara, creator of the exhibition. As part of the exhibition inside the National Archaeological Museum of Arezzo, under the liberal artistic direction of the architect Roberta Galantino, a selection of 22 significant shots are on display, together with a photographic itinerary that accompanies the visitor from the first moments of the opening of the school alongside the students, until the start of photography classes. Samuele Bertocci and the Imago Photographic Association also collaborated in setting up the exhibition.
Thanks to the collaboration with the concomitant White Night initiative, organized by Confcommercio of Arezzo, three guided tours lasting one hour are scheduled at 20.00, 21.00 and 22.00. Admission allowed to a maximum of 10 people per shift, always with required reservations by sending an email to

The exhibition, open until September 11, 2021, will be open with free admission during the opening hours of the Museum.

  • Tuesday morning 9.00-13.00.
  • Thursday afternoon 2.30pm-7.00pm.
  • Friday morning 9.00-13.00.
  • Saturday afternoon 2.30pm-7.00pm.
  • Sunday 1st and last of the month and 15th August 2.30pm-7.00pm.

Monsummano Terme (PT) – National Museum Casa Giusti

For the European Museum Night 2021, the National Museum of Casa Giusti will have the special opening in the evening from 6 to 9 pm.

In addition, for the occasion, at 6 pm a guided tour is scheduled with the curator Roberto Cadonici and the authors Edoardo Salvi and Filippo Giaconi at the Divine Lettere exhibition, created for the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri.

The evening, aimed at all lovers of art and literature, continues at 7.30 pm with the lecture by Filiberto Segatto: “Your vision is falling more and more in love: two Dante’s texts by Giusti”.

Giuseppe Giusti was a passionate reader of the Comedy and celebrated Dante in various writings, including the sonnet “A Dante” and the song, written on the occasion in which Giotto’s true portrait of Dante was discovered in Florence, texts that will be read and commented on during the evening. In particular, the song is almost a sort of Dante’s centone, and this will allow us to go back to the source of Giusti’s verses, offering reading and commentary of some passages from the Comedy.

Chiusi (SI) – Etruscan National Museum and Necropolis

For the weekend of July 3 and 4 the museum will be extraordinarily open on the evening of Saturday 3 from 20 to 23 for the “European Night of Museums”.

The important international event coincides with the celebrations of Santa Mustiola, patron saint of Chiusi. For this reason, the museum offers the possibility of themed guided tours, included in the admission ticket, as early as the afternoon of the 3rd at 4.30 pm and at 6 pm and in the evening at 9 pm. life and worship of Santa Mustiola in the light of archeology “. A presentation of the archaeological material of the late ancient and Lombard period preserved in the museum also with the temporary exhibition of finds normally kept in the warehouses.

The museum will also be open on the evening of Sunday 4 from 8 pm to 11 pm. During the evening at 9 pm Fabrizio Vallelonga, director of the museum, presents a meeting dedicated to “Funerary archeology. Uses and practices in the medieval period ”, which is directly linked to the issues addressed in the guided tours of the previous day. In fact, the conference will illustrate the change in Roman funerary practices determined by the affirmation of the Christian religion and the importance of Christian places of worship as new meeting places for burials.

So on Saturday, the extraordinary opening hours are from 8-11pm, with thematic guided tours at 16.30, 18 and 21 included in the admission ticket. Reservations required at 0578-20177

Siena – Church of Santa Maria delle Nevi

On the evening of July 3, from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm, the church of the Madonna delle Nevi, located in the center of the city of Siena, will have a special opening.

The church of Santa Maria delle Nevi was built between 1471 and 1477 by the will of Giovanni Cinughi, a Sienese citizen who was then bishop of Pienza. It is one of the first and most interesting Sienese Renaissance buildings which, despite subsequent transformations, its charm and reveals the originality of a high-level architect, probably identifiable with Lorenzo di Pietro known as il Vecchietta. The church is temporarily closed to the public so this opening is truly extraordinary.

About Lourdes Flores

An American living in Florence for over 10 years, Lourdes continues to explore and discover new places in Tuscany with the eyes of a tourist but with the experience of living in Italy. She shares her experiences on this blog and website, particularly offering lots of travel planning help on the Forum!