Protecting Cultural Heritage in an Uncertain Time

New York University, in partnership with Friends of Florence and the City of Florence convened two meetings to commemorate the anniversary of “L’Alluvione,” a flood that ravaged the city of Florence and damaged countless pieces of art of immeasurable value, some irreparably. The symposium brought together regional actors together with international experts and scholars from […]

From Florence to the Colosseum

The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture in Washington DC sponsored a lecture in May featuring Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda, founder and President of “Friends of Florence”, and Fred Hiebert, PhD, Archaeology Fellow at the National Geographic Society. Opening remarks were made by Ambassador of Italy to the U.S., Armando Varricchio, and Director of the […]

Aspen Institute & Friends of Florence Host Dante & the Origins of the World

Bill Cook and Ross King will lead a seminar on Dante and the Origins of the World. The three half-day sessions will explore Dante’s life and writings in order to realize how his work influenced the world of the Italian Renaissance, and how, seven centuries after it was written, his poetry still speaks to us today. The […]

An Evening to Celebrate La Tribuna degli Uffizi

On October 18, 2011, the Chicago Chapter of Friends of Florence hosted an event at Spiaggia featuring cocktails, dinner, and a live auction to benefit the restoration of the Tribune in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Marchese Piero Antinori, President of Marchesi Antinori vintners and Board Member of Friends of Florence, and Contessa Simonetta Brandolini […]