Settimana della Cultura – Culture Week in Italy

With Florence being the art-centre of the world and home of the Renaissance, every day is culture day. However for one week each year, Florence steps it up a level for the ‘Settimana della Cultura’ ?Culture Week.


And in Italy, where creative flair often reigns over rules and logic, Culture Week lasts 9 days!


Throughout this time, Il Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali (The Ministry for Culture and Environment) is offering 9 days of free entry to state art locations including monuments, museums, archaeological sites, archives, and libraries plus a list of special events being held throughout the country.


From April 9 to 17 2011, there will be over 3,000 events including exhibitions, conferences, special openings, workshops, guided tours and concerts taking place.

The Bargello Museum and the Boboli Gardens will be open on Mondays (their usual day of closure) plus entry to the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Museum will be free during Culture Week!


Whilst some initiatives to reduce waiting times will be applied by the museum management, do expect to be in ample company lining up to entre!


People lucky enough to be doing a skip-the-line tour with Artviva Walking Tours will have their Accademia ticket and Uffizi Gallery ticket cost refunded.


For more information about our skip-the-line Uffizi Gallery tour with expert guide, we have The Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery Tour.


And our skip-the-line Accademia visit, The Original David Tour.


These tours are offered as part of a discounted Florence tours package, Florence in One Glorious Day (or 2).


Add in our  Tuscany day tour from Florence, the Best of Tuscany small-group Tuscany tour, and you have: The Best of Florence and Tuscany discounted tour package.

For more information about Culture Week, visit the Italian site:

Not in Italy during Culture Week but want your own taste of Italian culture? We have the Artviva Authors, Artists and Aristocrats Festival Events – meet authors, rub shoulders with Italian aristocracy,  have a wine tasting with the wine producer and other events each Monday throughout May, June, September and October.

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