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Thread: What is open on May Day (May 1) 2018?

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    Default What is open on May Day (May 1) 2018?


    My wife and I are visiting Florence for the first time, arriving on April 30th. I hear a lot of things may be closed because it is a public holiday? What is open? Are restaurants open?

    Would love some advice for things to see and do and where to eat on May Day!

    Thank you!


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    craigmillar is offline Senior Member - Expert about Tuscany
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    Most of the important museums are closed - http://www.imuseidifirenze.it/orari-musei-firenze/ In Italian but 1 maggio (i.e. May 1) indicates which are closed. Palazzo Strozzi is, I understand, open.

    One event taking place on May 1 - and it is free - is the Trofeo Marzocco in Piazza della Signoria which is a traditional flag throwing competition - http://www.firenzetoday.it/eventi/tr...ggio-2018.html

    Restaurants and many smaller touristy shops will be open. As far as suggestions are concerned where will you be staying in Florence?

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    Nov 2017

    Default Walking tour?

    most of the important and famous museums are closed,
    All the restaurants should be open, if you want some suggestions about restaurants, I can recommend:

    - Sostanza ("Il Troia") if you are looking for the most traditional experience in Florence https://www.tripadvisor.it/ShowUserR...e_Tuscany.html
    - La Beppa Fioraia, may be the best restaurant in town http://www.labeppafioraia.it

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    Apr 2018

    Cool what about a tour sharing at the Bargello Palace?

    May I suggest you just 2 things:

    1) Join an unusual tour sharing with an art historian at the Bargello museum, see https://www.iloveguido.com/guido/esp...do?efa=1527514

    2) Tasting all kind of italian food at Mercato centrale

    Have fun!

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    Lourdes is offline Administrator - DiscoverTuscany Team
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    Florence, Italy


    Ciao Tim,
    As others have said, most museums will be closed, including the Uffizi and Accademia, but the Palazzo Strozzi, with its temporary exhibits, will be open.

    You will find most restaurants open but many shops will also close.

    You should plan to spend most of the day outdoors, which in Florence still means seeing a lot.
    There are many walking tours, check some here:

    You can also just remain flexible and do your own waking tour around the center and up to the Piazzale Michelangelo, planning for a picnic for lunch to be outdoors. Here are some ideas for itineraries
    and some for parks and picnic areas:
    In the beginning stages of planning to come to Tuscany? Make sure to read Where to Stay in Tuscany WITH a car and Where to Stay in Tuscany WITHOUT a car for ideas on where to stay in Tuscany. Also read When to Visit Tuscany to decide when is the best times for your visit.

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