Florence, the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, has been enchanting visitors for millennia. Being present—surrounded by the mastery of Botticelli, Donatello, Michelangelo, Dante, Brunelleschi, Giotto, Fra Angelico, Della Robbia, and so many others celebrated in the Western canon—is truly a unique experience. To showcase the city’s history and cultural treasures and deepen our understanding and appreciation of their legacy, Friends of Florence hosts a roster of programs, events, and opportunities. The Foundation organizes trips for intimate groups of patrons to explore Florentine gems with unprecedented access to:
View private collections and sites not open to the public, escorted by eminent art historians,
Observe Friends of Florence restoration projects and those in process at other notable institutions, and
Enjoy magical evenings in spectacular venues throughout the city and Tuscany and other host cities.
Friends of Florence also occasionally creates unique events in other cities in Europe and the United States to offer art-lovers unique behind-the-scenes experiences with curators, art historians, prominent scholars, and writers. Private receptions, exhibitions, tours, and special events have been held at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, High Museum of Art, and Getty Center.
Substantive programs, including symposia and study opportunities, have been held in conjunction with the Aspen Institute in Aspen and Florence, the British Institute of Florence, the Louvre Museum in Paris, New York University in Florence, the Prado Museum in Madrid, and Stanford University in Florence, to name a few.