Closing time

We would like to inform our users that the Institute will be closed on Thursday, 1st November 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience.

User ID card service

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User information

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Via Giuseppe Giusti 44
50121 Florence
Tel.: +39 055 24911-1
Fax: +39 055 24911-55

Photo library
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51
50122 Florence
Tel.: +39 055 216707
Fax: +39 055 2676751


Opening hours

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm, the Photo library from 10am to 7pm. In August, the Institute is open with reduced hours. The Institute remains closed in the period between Christmas and the New Year.

Moreover, we would also like to draw your attention to the closing days:

Public Holidays 2018 (Institute closed) 2018 (PDF 83 KB)


Conditions of use

Access to the Institute is only possible with valid user ID cards, which are issued on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 11am and on Wednesdays from 2pm to 3pm. As a general rule, it is necessary to have completed a doctorate in order to be eligible for a user ID card. A letter of recommendation and a passport-sized photograph must also be submitted with the application. Doctoral students must additionally submit a short outline of their research project (maximum two pages). Graduate students (specialist degree or first level master’s degree) are only granted access in exceptional cases and, like doctoral students, they must submit an outline of their thesis project (maximum two pages).

Our user information (PDF, 172 KB) leaflet contains detailed descriptions of the library and photographic library stocks and where they can be found, in addition to important information for use in emergencies.


Map of the area, journey

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is situated in the historical centre of Florence, a few minutes' walk from the cathedral and the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata.

By train

From the main station, Stazione S. Maria Novella, follow the signs in the direction of the cathedral. Upon reaching the cathedral, turn left into the Via dei Servi, which you should follow until you come to the Piazza Santissima Annunziata. The Via Gino Capponi runs parallel to the church of Santissima Annunziata; follow this until you reach the second parallel side street, where you turn right into the Via Giuseppe Giusti. After walking for a further 50 metres, you will come to the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, which is located on the left-hand side of the street.

By car

Approaching from the north: take the exit Firenze north, follow the ring road in the direction of the centro / Piazzale Michelangelo, continuing until you reach the Piazzale Donatello, then turn right into the Via Vittorio Alfieri: the Via Giuseppe Giusti is the next on your right.

Approaching from the south: take the exit Firenze south, follow the ring road in the direction of the centro / Fortezza, continuing until you reach the Piazzale Donatello; after the roundabout, turn right into the Via Vittorio Alfieri: the Via Giuseppe Giusti is the next on your right.

Please bear in mind that you will require a special permit to drive a passenger car in Florence's city centre. It is not possible to park at the Institute itself.


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