The European Days of Heritage
Sunday 23 September, in occasion of the European Days of Heritage, Spadolini Foundation opens the Protected content
, a truly one-off opportunity for landscapes, art, history and culture lovers.
If statesman, professor of Contemporary History at the Faculty of Polical Sciences “ Cesare Alfieri” of Florence, president of Bocconi University in Milan, journalist at Corriere della Sera Giovanni Spadolini would still be alive, he would have been 93 years old.
The “Professor” built his villa at the beginning of the 60’s close to his grandfather’s old home, an ex-convent bought in the beginning of the Protected content , with almost ten hectares of land with olive groves, orchards, and cypress trees. It looks down on the city of Florence from the hill above San Miniato and Piazzale Michelangelo offering a stunning view up close with the most relevant monuments of the town.
To those heads of the State who came to visit his manor, Spadolini used to open his hand and show, how with five fingers you can grasp the Tower of Arnolfo di Palazzo Vecchio, the Medici Chapels of Michelangelo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Brunelleschi’s Dome: ” Which city in the world, is able to show masterpieces of similar genes through the fingers of one hand? " was his rhetorical question.
The villa, was meant to hold forty thousand volumes (almost half of those collected by Spadolini during his lifetime, which ended in August Protected content , at the age of Protected content incunables to 16th century editions, from works of the 17th and 18th century to booklets and editions dating back to the 19th and 20th century.
Each period is documented with texts from that time: the Preaching of Fra’ Girolamo Savonarola and The Prince by Machiavelli, the History of Italy by Guicciardini, the Scientific Reflections of Galileo Galilei, the French Enlightenment culminated in the Encyclopédie (of which the original 32-volume edition is conserved, with the planches), and so on.
Not just books, but also art and history. Each room is dedicated to the works of a different painter: Rosai, Soffici, Morandi, Caffè, Guido Spadolini, father of the Florentine statesman, friend of Fattori and inspired by the school of the Macchiaioli.
Wherever you look there are prestigious pieces!!!
Price: free donation is recommended if the guided tour in English will be only for us
Important note: visitors can visit the museum only by booking a tour. We have reserved a tour in english especially for us at 5 pm therephore if you sign-in be committed to join.
No later than 8 days before we will ask you to confirm your partecipation.
We may take note of short-notice cancelations or not showing up for further tours to be booked in advance.
We are looking forward to getting this beautiful and rare opportunity of visit with many of you :-)
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