From the Tower of San Niccolò to the Bastion of San Giorgio: Florentine towers, gates and fortresses reopen
From the Tower of San Niccolò to the Bastion of San Giorgio: Florentine towers, gates and fortresses reopen from 24 June.
On the day the patron saint of Florence is celebrated, the Tower of San Niccolò reopens to the public (every day until 30 September). And then Forte Belvedere, Torre della Zecca, Porta Romana, Remparts of San Giorgio e Fortress of Basso reopen as well.
Towers, gates and fortresses: from 24 June, on the occasion of the feast of St John the Baptist, the patron saint of Florence, the Tower of San Niccolò, the main tower of Florence, reopens to the public. But that’s not all, the other city fortifications will also be open again, from Forte Belvedere (from 19 June) to the Bastion of San Giorgio (from 25 June), from Porta Romana (from 2 July) to the Fortress of Basso (from 7 July) and the Torre della Zecca (from 9 July). A proposal of enhancement that is proposed every summer by the Florentine Civic Museums and MUS.E to allow Florentines and non-Florentines alike to discover the history of the city, its defence system and to enjoy a breath-taking view of Florence.
The Tower of San Niccolò will be open every day until 31 August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (and from 1 September to 30 September from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (visits every 30 minutes); last access half an hour before closing. The access includes a guided tour, which from the foot of the tower allows you to reach the top following a real journey through time and enjoying an incredible view of the city. An ascent that allows you to admire the entire historic centre from a privileged perspective, including the Poggi Ramps. These were built between, 1872 and 1876 as part of the plan to enlarge the old city boundaries, where the defensive walls once stood: walls of which the Porta di San Niccolò is today a symbol and testimony.
The reopening of the Tower of San Niccolò is followed by a rich programme of visits to the city’s other towers, gates and fortresses, in a path of enhancement of the ancient defence system that will see the Torre della Zecca, Porta Romana and the Bastion of San Giorgio open, every Saturday alternating. A place of honour is assigned to one of the city’s fortresses: the San Giorgio Fortress, better known as Forte Belvedere, which will be open for visits from 18 June to 1 October with the temporary exhibitions Play It Again by Rä di Martino and FOTOGRAFE!, with visits of the site (including the treasure room) and the two exhibitions every Friday and Sunday from June to October.
Finally, on 7 and 28 July and 8 September, thanks to the collaboration with Firenze Fiera, it will also be possible to visit and discover the secrets of the Fortress of Basso, a large pentagonal structure designed by Antonio da Sangallo.
No longer just a small circuit of monuments and architecture, but more and more a true “diffuse museum” of the city’s history and architecture, a unified narrative of Florence’s circle of walls and its development over the centuries, which forms an articulated and ambitious design of a systemic fruition of the historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It will be possible to learn more about the history of these monuments, their relationship with the medieval and contemporary city in a unique and fascinating journey through time, accompanied by marvellous panoramic views of Florence.
The cost of the visit (except for Forte Belvedere) is €6 per person; payment must be made in cash at the site of the visit. Participation in the visits is free of charge for holders of the Card del Fiorentino.
The cost of the guided tour of Forte Belvedere is €5 per person (non-residents of the Municipality of Florence) or €2.50 (residents of the Municipality of Florence) in addition to the ticket price. Admission to the palace and exhibitions is €10 full rate and €5 reduced rate. Access only to the outer ramparts of Forte Belvedere is free of charge.
Reservations are required. For information and reservations
Tel. +39 055/2768224
Please note: entrance is permitted to visitors aged 8 years old and over. Admission is free for under 18 years old, tour guides and interpreters, ICOM, ICOMOS and ICCROM members.
Visits will be conducted in safety and in small groups according to a precise protocol. They will be suspended in the event of rain and will not be accessible to the motor disabled.
Tower of San Niccolò – visits every 30 minutes
Every day from 24 June to 31 August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., from 1 to 30 September from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bastion of San Giorgio* – visits every 30 minutes
25 June from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
16 July from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
6 August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
27 August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
17 September from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Porta Romana* – visits every 30 minutes
2 July from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
23 July from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
13 August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
3 September from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
24 September from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Torre Zecca* visits every 30 minutes
9 July from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
30 July from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
20 August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
10 September from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1 October from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
*The first visit every Saturday from 25 June to 1 October (at 5pm in June, July and August and at 4pm in September and October) is free of charge for Unicoop Firenze members.
Every Friday and Sunday at 5 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. (from 1 September at 4 p.m. and at 5.30 p.m.)
Free of charge visits reserved for Unicoop Firenze members: Sunday 19 and 26 June, 10-17-24-31 July, 14-21-29 August, 11-18-25 September at 5 p.m.
Fortress of Basso – visits every hour
7 July, 28 July and 8 September from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.