The weekend of 24 and 25 September, hundreds of museums all around Italy participate to the European Heritage days, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. On Saturday, there will be a special opening until 11 pm and tourists have the great chance to visit many of these museums and archaeological sites with only one Euro.

The European Heritage days were born in 1991 by an idea of the European Commission with the aim of enrich and support the cultural activities between the European countries. These days are an extraordinary occasion to confirm the importance of the culture in each society.

The European Heritage Days events take place in fifty countries of Europe that will celebrate and promote their treasures, traditions, histories and local communities with more than thirty thousands events.

In Italy, the artistic and cultural heritage is quite unlimited, and these days are a great opportunity even for less known institutions to add value to their treasures and show them at the world. By the years, the number of participants to this initiative increased a lot reaching almost thousand events organized by national museums, private galleries, foundations and private associations.

Uffizi Florence
Uffizi Gallery in Florence

You can find the full list of the Italian museums that participate to the initiative, clicking here on the official website of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

#GEP2016 is the hashtag to use during the event if you wish to share your pictures and contents on your social media.

The European Heritage days in Tuscany

During the European Heritage days in Tuscany, you can spend your evening (until 10 pm) walking along the corridor of the famous Uffizi or admiring the beauty of the David at the Galleria dell’Accademia paying only one Euro. It is a great opportunity to catch, isn’t it?

Other interesting sites in Florence are the Bargello Museum if you like sculptures or the National Archaeological museums if you are into archaeology and you are interested in knowing more about the ancient inhabitants of Tuscany (there are remains of the Etruscans found in the archaeological park of Baratti and Populonia).

Villa Garzoni Gardens Collodi
The Italian Gardens of Villa Garzoni in Collodi – Photo Credits: fdecomite

Moreover, scattered all around the region, you have plenty of choices: the Vasari’s house in Arezzo, the national museums of Palazzo Mansi and Villa Guinigi in Lucca, the spectacular Carthusian monastery of Calci in the province of Pisa. In Collodi, the Tuscan village famous for the children’s novel Pinocchio, during the two European Heritage days visitors can enter the thematic park dedicated to the wooden ragamuffin marionette that wish to become a real boy, or the beautiful Italian gardens of Villa Garzoli. Moreover, visitors have the unique opportunity to walk along the secret passageway (invisible from any angles) from the Villa to the castle of the Collodi. For more information contact the Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi.

The Monastery of Calci, Pisa
The Carthusian Monastery of Calci, Pisa – Photo Credits: Marco

Here is the list of the Tuscan museums that will be open until 10 pm or 11 pm on Saturday 24th with a fee entrance of only one Euro:

Museo delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari dell’Alta Valle del Tevere – Palazzo Taglieschi Arezzo Anghiari 19:00 – 22:00
Basilica di S. Francesco Arezzo Arezzo 20:00 – 23:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale “Gaio Cilnio Mecenate” Arezzo Arezzo 19:00 – 22:00
Museo di Casa Vasari Arezzo Arezzo 20:00 – 23:00
Museo Nazionale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna Arezzo Arezzo 20:00 – 23:00 (last entrance 22:00)
Abbazia di San Salvatore a Soffena Arezzo Castelfranco Piandiscò 20:00 – 23:00
Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi e Museo storico della Caccia e del territorio Arezzo Cerreto Guidi 20:00 – 23:00
Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Firenze Firenze Firenze  
Galleria degli Uffizi Firenze Firenze 19:00 – 22:00
Galleria dell’Accademia Firenze Firenze 19:00 – 22:00
Cenacolo di Andrea del Sarto Firenze Firenze 20:00 – 23:00
Cenacolo di Ognissanti Firenze Firenze 20:00 – 23:00
Chiostro dello Scalzo Firenze Firenze 19:00 – 22:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze Firenze Firenze 20:00 – 23:00
Museo Nazionale del Bargello Firenze Firenze 20:00 – 23:00
Museo di San Marco Firenze Firenze 20:00 – 23:00
Villa medicea della Petraia Firenze Firenze 19:00 – 22:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale ed Area Archeologica di Cosa Grosseto Ansedonia 20:00 – 23:00
Museo Nazionale delle Residenze Napoleoniche – “Palazzina dei Mulini” Livorno Portoferraio -Elba Island 19:30 – 22:30
Museo Nazionale delle Residenze Napoleoniche – “Villa di San Martino” Livorno Portoferraio – Elba Island 19:30 – 22:30
Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi Lucca Lucca 19:30 – 22:30
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi Lucca Lucca 19:30 – 22:30
Museo Nazionale della Certosa Monumentale di Calci Pisa Calci 20:00 – 23:00
Museo Nazionale di San Matteo Pisa Pisa 19:30 – 22:30
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale Pisa Pisa 19:30 – 22:30
Museo di Casa Giusti Pistoia Monsummano Terme 20:00 – 23:00
Oratorio di San Desiderio Pistoia Pistoia 20:00 – 23:00
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi Siena Chiusi 20:00 – 24:00

What are you waiting for? If I were you, this weekend, I would not miss this opportunity to visit some of the most attractions of our region spending only a Euro!

Giornate Europee del Patrimonio 2016

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