Accessibility and inclusion

THE UFFIZI

The access to the Uffizi is via lift. The Gallery is wholly accessible both on the first and the second floor.

To enter the Department of Prints and Drawings, which is completely accessible, it is necessary to take the lift and stop at the first floor.   

   

MUSEUMS OF PITTI PALACE

From the square, the climb to the entrance of Pitti Palace is quite steep but gradual. An accompanying person is needed for visitors on wheelchairs. No steps are on the way to the internal courtyard of the Palace where the lifts are located (the lift shaft is on the left side of the staircase). 

In the internal courtyard, on the right side after the cafeteria, is an accessible toilette.

The entrance to the museums is via lift. Two lifts are located at the end of the tunnel on the left of the staircase, past the cloakroom. The entrance width of the lifts is ca. 90 cm. Before taking the lift, it is recommended to ask the staff members, who have to check the correct opening of all the doors on the way to the museums’ entrances.

The Palatine Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery are entirely accessible along all directions; the only difficulty may be represented by some glass doors with push-pull opening which may be heavy to move so that a help might be necessary (in case, please ask the staff members for any assistance).

However these kinds of doors are very few because the communication between the rooms is direct, without any barrier.  At the end of the Palatine Gallery are the Royal Apartments, which are totally accessible (the floor-covering consists of a moquette).

The Modern Art Gallery, on the second floor, is provided with an accessible toilet.

The Costume and Fashion Museum is accessible via a stairlift. It is thus necessary to ask the staff members for its activation. The Treasury of the Grand Dukes is accessible only on the first floor. 

            

BOBOLI GARDEN

Two entrances are accessible: one is from Pitti Square and the other one from Porta Romana Square. The Garden is accessible only with an accompanying person. The soil is predominantly made up of clay and gravel and is almost completely sloping, with climbs and descents.

The access through the internal courtyard of the Palace is on the left side, near the bookshop. From here the visitor is allowed to continue uphill on a curvy path up to the Amphitheatre, on the first terrace. Here is also a toilet accessible through a stairlift (for the use of which it is necessary to ask the staff). Keeping climbing uphill the visitor is allowed to reach the second terrace. Past the large central basin is the Porcelain Museum, not accessible at the moment. From here the visitor may continue on the left side, part on a plain path and part on the largest sloping paths up to the large Neptune’s basin on the lower part of the Garden, near the Porta Romana exit. To reach the basin from the lateral path the visitor has to mind a rounded off step of ca. 6 cm, traversable with the help of an accompanying person.

The Porta Romana exit is accessible (while the one along via Romana is not, owing to the difficult path which passes through a building with internal and external staircases).

Also the path back to the Palace through the lemon houses and greenhouses is uphill but accessible. The soil is made up of clay and gravel. 

                 

TACTILE TOURS FOR BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED VISITORS

“Uffizi by touch”

Started in 2009 at the initiative of the Education Department and the Direction of the Uffizi Galleries with its Department of Classical Antiquities, “Uffizi by touch” is a tour specifically conceived  for blind and visually-impaired visitors. At the moment it includes about 20 artworks belonging to the Uffizi. To book a visit please phone the Coordinators Office at (+39)0552388693.

Below is the updated list of the artworks included in the tour:

Hall
Sarcophagus with the Triumph of Bacchus

First corridor
Domitia
Helios Caesar

Second Corridor
Sleeping cupid in black marble
Pseudo-ancient Homer
She-wolf in porphyry

Third Corridor
Caracalla

Room of the inscriptions
Funerary altar
Sleeping Cupid
Sarcophagus with hunting scene
Sarcophagus with the rape of Leucippides
Centaur

Room 38 of Hermaphrodite
Hermaphrodite

Room 41
S. Botticelli, Birth of Venus

Room 45
D.Veneziano, Santa Lucia de’ Magnoli Altarpiece

Visitors with visual impairments are eligible for free admission upon presentation of adequate documents at the ticket office of the Gallery of the Statues and Paintings of the Uffizi. Besides, they will be provided with a pair of disposable latex gloves with which they are allowed to touch the sculptures so as to feel the main features of the material and discover the relationship between the “solids” and “voids” of the artwork.

Nearby every artwork are some supports with panels both in English and Italian, accessible both to blind and to partially sighted visitors. The braille texts have been printed by Stamperia Braille of Tuscany. The contrast of print which aims at easing the texts’ readibility has been realized with the support of the Education Department of the “Italian Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted”. The text in braille, printed on a transparent sheet, may be lifted from the support so as to ease the reading for partially sighted visitors too. The stands which support the panels are easily recognizable.

The tactile tour of the Modern Art Gallery

The Modern Art Gallery of Pitti Palace offers guided visits for persons with visual impairments on the first Friday of every month, at 10:00.

Visits are free and limited to maximum 10 participants, accompanying persons included.

They can be booked by calling the phone number (+39)0552388617 from Monday to Friday, from 09:00am to 02:00am, or via e-mail at the following address: uff.eduprogetti@beniculturali.it.

The meeting point is at the entrance of the museum. 

From Room n. 2 to Room n. 30 visitors may touch ten famous artworks realized in different materials (bronze, marble, wood, semi-precious stones, plaster, baked clay, majolica), works which represent some crucial passages and changes in the art of sculpture  from the 19th century to the first decade of the 20th century. Audioguides aimed at easing the comprehension of the works - realized by BassmArt of Bassilichi Group - are also available at the entrance of the museum (please, ask the staff for their use). Nearby the works are some plexiglass stands purchased by “Lions Club of Florence - Impruneta - San Casciano” which support information panels printed both in braille and in easy reading fonts for the partially sighted.

Below is the updated list of the tactile tour:

Room 2
Da Antonio Canova
Colossal Head of Napoleon
marble, cm 77

Room 5
Giovanni Dupré
Dying Abele, 1846-1851
bronze, cm 55x223x75

Room 6
Anonymous, Italian workshop
Table, 1800-1830 ca.
semi-precious stone inlay, wood, bronze, cm 87,5x91,2

Room 12
Adriano Cecioni
When master leaves
bronze, cm 42,5x21,5x30

Room 13
Augusto Rivalta
Coming back from the post office, 1935
bronze, cm 135x70x89

Room 16
Vincenzo Gemito
Bust of Giuseppe Verdi, 1873 circa
bronze, cm 40x53x38

Room 21
Domenico Trentacoste
The soup
plaster, cm 102x98x104

Room 23
Sirio Tofanari
Caress, 1909
bronze, cm 20x63x62,5

Room 26
Alimondo Ciampi
The lost path, 1920
terracotta, cm 65x45x62

Room 30
Renato Bertelli
Endless profile: Dux, 1935 ca.
majolica, cm 34x27x27

Tactile tour of the Palatine Gallery 

The Palatine Gallery of Pitti Palace offers guided visits for persons with visual impairments on the first Friday of each month at 11:30am. 

Visits are free and limited to maximum 10 participants, accompanying persons included.

They can be booked by calling the phone number (+39)0552388617 from Monday to Friday, from 09:00am to 02:00am, or via e-mail at the following address: uff.eduprogetti@beniculturali.it.

The meeting point is at the entrance of the museum. 

The tour includes three sculptures "to touch": "Michelangelo as a Child" by Emilio Zocchi; "Charity" by Lorenzo Bartolini and "Venus" by Antonio Canova.

It will be part of the extensive tour which will be inaugurated on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the 3rd of December , in occasione della Giornata Internazionale delle persone con disabilità, sarà inaugurato il percorso tattile di tutta la Galleria.

A project for Boboli Garden

During spring, the Boboli Garden becomes a “sensory garden” too. Tactile tours of “the botanical garden” are given to visitors with visual impairments fort two days a month from May to September (dates and time schedules will be adequately communicated in advance). The tour integrates sophisticated technologies and natural matters (leaves, flowers, bark and other natural elements composing the flowerbeds) in order to allow a completely self-managed tour. The tactile and olfattory experience may enrich the visit so as to captivate the tourists in a more profound way.