Accessible museums in Florence

Accessible museums, churches, palaces and monuments

The following is one of a series of posts on the accessibility of the major museums and monuments in Tuscany, information that is not always easy to find. Let's start with Florence

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Fully accessible museums, churches, palaces and monuments
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Accademia Gallery The Accademia Gallery is completely accessible. A series of lifts and stair lifts allow visitors to reach all floors.

Uffizi Gallery It is recommended that you take someone with you to help you tackle the access ramp (Via della Ninna) in a wheelchair, because there are a few steps before and after. A large elevator is located on the side of the Buontalenti Gallery and arrives at Hall 38 (advise the staff before using it). At the entrance you can ask for a wheelchair of a size that is compatible with the elevator. Bar and Terrace: there’s a stair lift. The Uffizi Gallery has also a special itinerary that allows the visually impaired to enjoy some of its masterpieces: Uffizi by Touch.

Palazzo Pitti From Piazza Pitti the incline up to the entrance is very steep but completely accessible. If you have a manual wheelchair, you’ll need someone to help you. There are no steps to enter the inner courtyard of the building, where the lifts are located; there are some steps on the way to the ticket office.

Costume Art Gallery The entire gallery is accessible. An elevator takes you to the second floor and, at the end of a small hallway, there is the stairway to the gallery (18 steps): there’s a stair lift and a red button to call staff.

 Modern Art Gallery There are no obstacles in the gallery. As you come out of the elevator you find the entrance to the gallery, with direct access. At the entrance, there is a double glass door and you might need help to open it. 

 Palatine Gallery and Monumental Apartments Both the Palatine Gallery and the Monumental Apartments are totally accessible. The entrance is from the right wing of the palace, with two elevators, in the courtyard. The staff must be advised before taking the elevator so that they can open a communicating door with the gallery, which otherwise remains locked. The only possible difficulty during a visit to the Palatine Gallery could be the glass doors that need to be pushed open, so help may be needed.

Bargello National Museum The sidewalk is connected to the entrance. All the rooms of the museum are accessible; the steps can be overcome by means of ramps (some steep but staff is available to help) and a lift. The Michelangelo room can be reached from the bookshop or from Via della Vigna Vecchia. There is a tactile path and audio guides for the visually impaired.

Galileo Museum Access for wheelchairs, requiring the intervention of staff by intercom, is from Lungarno Anna Maria Luisa de 'Medici 2. Inside, the whole museum is accessible. The visually impaired can ask for help and a tactile tour of original instruments is available.

Archaeological National Museum There is a narrow but accessible sidewalk in front of the entrance in Piazza SS. Annunziata. Ring the bell and wait for the staff in order to be accompanied to the side entrance (otherwise closed).

San Marco Museum The sidewalk leading to the museum is too narrow, so it’s better to reach the entrance from the front, helped by an attendant. The interior of the museum is entirely usable, thanks to the presence of ramps and elevators. The church of San Marco is not accessible.

Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century) The museum is fully accessible, with the exception of the rooms on the mezzanine level (available by reservation only).

Stefano Bardini Museum For visitors with motor disabilities the entrance is from Piazza dei Mozzi 1. The museum is fully accessible, with the exception of the arms rooms.

Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral The accessible entrance is on the right. The interior is fully accessible, but to get to the churchyard there is a few inches of step.

Other accessible monuments:

Baptistery of San Giovanni
Santa Maria Novella Church and Cloisters
Casa Martelli Museum
Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum
Marino Marini Museum
Botanical Garden (Orto dei Semplici)
San Lorenzo Church
Santa Trinita Church
Brancacci Chapel

Partially accessible museums, churches, palaces and monuments

Palazzo Pitti – Silver Museum
The rooms on the first floor are accessible, while the ones on the mezzanine floor are not.
Boboli Gardens
For visitors with motor disabilities the garden is accessible with help, because almost all the paths are gravel and there are many inclines and slopes.
Medici Chapels
Accessibility for wheelchairs, by a ramp, is limited to the rooms on the ground floor. Due to the presence of stairs and steps, the most significant parts of the museum are not accessible: the Crypt, the Mausoleum and the New Sacristy.
Palazzo Vecchio
For visitors with motor disabilities the access is from the side entrance on Via dei Gondi. The two main floors of the museum are accessible, while there are some obstructions that do not allow access to the mezzanine floor, the Camminamento di Ronda and the Tower.
Palazzo Medici Riccardi
For visitors with motor disabilities the entrance is from Via Cavour 1, where you can contact the concierge to open the gate and enter the courtyard. Thanks to lifts and stair lifts, almost all the rooms can be visited: the first floor, the Marbles Museum (basement), the Chapel of Benozzo Gozzoli and the Salon of Luca Giordano. Unfortunately, the Chapel of the Magi is not accessible.
Palazzo Davanzati
The entrance is by Via Pellicceria. The staff must be notified so that they can place a platform in front of the main door. The elevator leads to the upper floor. All the passages between the halls have doorsteps (maximum 6 cm).
Santa Croce Church and Museum
For those who use a wheelchair or have motor disabilities, there are two ramps, one next to the entrance of the Basilica, the other in front of the exit of the Monumental Complex (Piazza Santa Croce). A wheelchair is available, free of charge. Almost all areas of Santa Croce are accessible. The aisles of the Basilica are easy to visit, but some parts (the transept, the Sacristy and the Chapel of the Novitiate) have steps that hamper access for wheelchairs. To reach the first cloister you must exit and re-enter the Basilica from the door in Piazza Santa Croce. From here, you can reach and visit the Museum Parigi, the Pazzi Chapel, the Museo dell'Opera and the second cloister. Some other parts of the complex cannot be visited due to steps.
San Miniato al Monte Church
You can reach the square in front of the basilica by car (drop off and pick up only). It’s better to phone in advance: +39 055 2342731. From the square, a ramp provides access to the church.
Synagogue and Jewish Museum
The Synagogue and the first floor of the Jewish Museum are fully accessible to visitors with motor disabilities. The second floor is open with limited access.
Stibbert Museum
Santo Spirito Church
Bardini Gardens
Forte Belvedere

Inaccessible museums, churches, palaces and monuments

Pitti Palace 
Porcelain Museum Natural History Museum
La Specola
Giotto bell tower Santa Maria del Carmine Church Orsanmichele Church and
Museum
Cathedral
Santa Reparata Crypt - Dome

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