From Friday 22 May 2020 the monuments of Florence Cathedral reopen to the public after the closure for the Covid-19 pandemic. Until the end of May it will be possible to visit in a manner free, with booking compulsory online Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery, Giotto's Bell Tower and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. It will remain instead Brunelleschi's Dome closed to the public until 18 June for maintenance work on the lighting system, suspended due to the closure for the sanitary emergency.
“The Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore - declares the President Luca Bagnoli - reopens albeit with a completely different face. The waning of the tourist season will have a heavy impact on our institution. 20 million euros of lost revenues - such as the commitment of four years of restorations which in these conditions are made impossible - will force the Opera to carry out drastic interventions to fulfill the legal obligation to preserve the monumental heritage entrusted to it. The inevitable consequence is the reorganization of the activities and the painful zeroing of the cultural programming, for which they have been Celebrations for the 600th anniversary of the Dome, musical events O Flos Colende and Notes at the Museum are suspended and the collaboration with Pergola for the use of the Niccolini Theater was interrupted. And despite this we reopen to give a signal of concrete hope, to tell the Florentines and the whole world that we are ready to welcome those who will come to Florence in safety ".
From June XNUMXst the times will change and monuments and the museum will be open to the public every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the 24nd June, Feast of San Giovanni, patron of the city of Florence. For the following months, the opening hours may gradually increase, based on tourist flows, and then return as soon as possible to the openings prior to the lockdown (open every day to the public).
The ticketing will also change and you will go from a single ticket to 5 per day for each monument. Also to visit the Cathedral it will be necessary to book a free admission with the day and time. To access the Dome and the Bell Tower the cost of the ticket will be 15 euros for each of the monuments; the entrance to the Museum will cost 10 euros and 5 to the Baptistery. The Crypt of Santa Reparata will remain, for the moment, not accessible to the public as the necessary conditions for safe visits do not exist.
To ensure maximum safety during visits, the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore has adopted the measures indicated in the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers (DPCM) of 17 May 2020, including controlled and programmed management of visitor flows through mandatory reservations with one-way itineraries. As a result, there will be a significant reduction in the number of entrances that will go from 3.500 per day with a 2019 ticket to a maximum of 1.000 at the Opera del Duomo Museum and 80 on Giotto's Bell Tower. For the other monuments 304 people will be able to go up to the Dome every weekend (while previously 2600 people could go up a day); 1.710 in the Baptistery; 3.750 in the Cathedral (1.500 on Fridays and Saturdays and 750 on Sundays). The Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower can only be accessed if accompanied in small groups. In the Baptistery, guides will be available to illustrate the monument and the ongoing restoration. In the Museum the itinerary, for the moment, excludes the visit to the top floor as there is no possibility of creating a one-way itinerary.
The Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, as announced the previous day, will be the first institution in the world to adopt a new technology in the museum sector that allows to maintain the safety distance between visitors. It is a device (Tag EGOpro Social Distancing developed by the Italian company AME (Advanced Microwave Engineering) of small dimensions (about 7 cm by 5, by 1,30 depth), provided free of charge to tourists at the beginning of the visits, which a once worn, it signals with a sound, vibrating and lighting up, that the minimum allowed distance has been exceeded. Once the visit is over, the device will be returned and sanitized for reuse. The system is anonymous and does not track movements and data.
The other security measures implemented by the Opera to make the visit to its monuments safe are: the sanitation and l 'sanitation certificate of the premises, controlled entry, temperature measurement, hand sanitization stations (eco-cardboard columns with gel to disinfect hands), anti-contagion protections at ticket offices and cloakroom. Visitors, on the other hand, must equip themselves with a protective mask in accordance with current legislation.
The detailed timetables and their variations, the purchase of tickets with compulsory reservation, information on the activities of the Opera, are available on the new website: www.duomo.firenze.it.