contemporary art galleries in florence, italy

Helen Britton installation at Antonella Villanova Gallery in Florence
Helen Britton installation at Antonella Villanova Gallery in Florence

If you visit Florence as a tourist, you probably don’t come for the contemporary art, as much for its rich reserve of Renaissance art and history. But Florence is a dynamic and creative city with young art students and professional artists inspired by their environment. Numerous famous artists such as Francesco Clemente, Bill Viola and Damien Hirst have recently shown their work in Florence. In fact, some museums such as the Accademia, Museo Marino Marini, and the Palazzo Vecchio often present contemporary exhibitions temporarily displayed alongside their historic collections to attract a wider audience, so be on the look out for these special opportunities.

The contemporary art scene in Florence is somewhat difficult to notice, but there are some interesting contemporary art galleries around town worth a visit. Unfortunately, there is no monthly organized “gallery night” that most other cities promote. Here is a gallery guide list of some of our favorites, including a few contemporary art museum spaces (information subject to change):

Borgo Santi Apostoli 40, Florence
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30-1:30 and 3:30-7:30pm (Sunday by appointment)
T 055 216150

BASE – Progetti per l’Arte

Via San Nicolò 18r, Florence
T 055 679 378

Biagiotti Arte Contemporanea

Via delle Belle Donne 39r, Florence
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 2-7pm
T 055 214757

Cartavetra Gallery

Via Maggio, 64r
Hours: contact to confirm
T 055 212708 / 3400792997

C2 – Contemporanea 2

Via Ugo Foscolo 6, Florence
Hours: Call to confirm
T 0556801225 Cell 3347970531

Eduardo Secci Contemporary

Vai Fra Giovanni Angelico 5r, Florence
T 055 0517157 / F 055 0517518
Via Maggio 51/R (35), Florence
T 055 661356
Hours: Call to confirm

Frittelli Arte Contemporanea

Centro d’arte Spaziotempo, Via Val Di Marina 15, Florence
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 1pm and 3:30pm – 7:30pm (Sunday by appointment)
T 055 410153 / F 055 4377359

Galleria Alessandro Bagnai

Palazzo Ricasoli, Piazza Goldoni, 2, Florence – MOVED TO Foiano della Chiana (AR) AS OF MARCH 2016
Hours: Monday 3-7pm, Tuesday – Saturday 10am-7pm
Tel/fax +39 055 213372
T 055 6802066

Galleria Antonella Villanova Contemporary Jewelry

Via del Parione 47/R , Florence
Hours: Contact to confirm
T 055 2608559 / 055 6802066

Galleria Il Ponte

Via di Mezzo, 42/b, Florence
Hours: Monday – Friday 3-7pm, Saturday by appointment
T  055 240617 / F  055 5609892

Galleria Poggiali e Forconi

Via della Scala, 35/a, Florence
Via Benedetta, 3r, Florence
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-1pm, 3:30-7pm
T  055 287748 / F  055 2729406

La Corte Arte Contemporanea

Via de’ Coverelli 27R, Florence – CLOSED AS OF MARCH 2016
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 4-7pm or by appointment

SACI Gallery

Via Sant’Antonino 11, Florence
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-7pm (call to confirm)
T 055 289 948

Sangallo ART Station

Via Fra Giovanni Angelico, 5r, Florence
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-1:30pm, 4-7pm
T 055 0517157 / F 055 0517518

SENSUS – Luoghi per l’Arte Contemporanea

Viale Gramsci 42, Florence
Hours: email for information

Tethys Photography Gallery

Via dei Vellutini 17/R, Florence
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am-1pm, 3-7pm, Saturday 3-7pm
T 055 2286064 / F 055 2286057

Tornabuoni Arte

Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 13/a, Florence
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-1pm / 3:30-7:30pm, Saturday 11am-1pm / 2:30-6:30pm
T 055 6812697 or 055 6813360 / F 055 6812020

Via Maggio, 58r, Florence
Hours: Monday 3 – 7:30pm, Tuesday to Friday 10:30am – 1pm / 3 – 7:30pm, Saturday 10:30am – 1pm / 2-7pm
T 055 289297

Xenos Arte Contemporanea

Viale Francesco Petrarca 60r, Florence
Hours: Call to confirm
T 3336541257

ZetaEffe Galleria

Via Maggio 47/R, Florence
Hours: Monday 3:30pm – 7:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 1pm / 3:30pm – 7:30pm, Sunday by appointment
T 055 264345

79rosso Gallery

Via dei Serragli, 79r, Florence
Hours: Contact to confirm


CCC Strozzina Center for Contemporary Culture at Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Florence
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am-8pm, Free Thursdays 6-11pm (during exhibitions)
Info: 055 391711
Tickets: 055 2645 155

CCC Strozzina

Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea

Piazza delle Murate – Florence
Between Via dell’Agnolo and Via Ghibellina
Hours: Monday – Saturday 2:30-8pm
T 055 2476873

Le Murate PAC

Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci

Viale della Repubblica, 277 – Prato
T 0574 5317 / F 0574 531901

Pecci Museum logo

Forte di Belvedere

Forte di Belvedere, via San Leonardo – Florence
Hours: Friday – Wednesday 10am-8pm, Closed on Thursdays
Admission € 5.00

Forte Belvedere, Firenze photo by ©Guido Cozzi/Tehetys Gallery

Gucci Museo

Piazza della Signoria 10, Florence
In addition to the Museum’s permanent collection which highlights historical moments of Gucci’s design history, there is also a temporary exhibition space for contemporary artists such as Cindy Sherman.
Admission is €6 with 50% of each ticket sale benefitting to help the City of Florence preserve and restore the city’s signature art treasures.
Hours: open year-round 10am-8pm, seven days a week, with closures only on August 15th, December 25th and January 1st.
T 055 759233027 or 055 75923300


Museo Marino Marini

Piazza San Pancrazio, Florence
Occasionally holds contemporary exhibitions within the museum
Hours: 10am – 5pm daily except closed on Tuesday, Sunday and on public holidays
Tickets: €6
T 055 21943

Museo Marino Marini

Museo Novecento

Complesso dello Spedale delle Leopoldine
Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10 – Florence
Hours: see website for seasonal hours
Admission: Adults €2-10

Museo 900

Stazione Leopolda, Florence

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