Firenze Capitale in Palazzo Vecchio

Firenze Capitale: the rooms at Palazzo Vecchio

The museum of Palazzo Vecchio has opened a new section, on the 3rd floor, entirely dedicated to Florence, Capital of Italy. It is visible thanks to the ccoperation with  the Amici dei Musei Fiorentini

This historical itinerary, enriched by artworks, documents and memorabilia, starts from the tuscan revolutions of 1848 and ends with the years of Florence, capital of Italy (1865-1871), when the Salone de’ Cinquecento, in Palazzo Vecchio, was the seat of the Senate.

This is the perfect opportunity to find out more about some essential moments of the city’s history, like the riots of 1859, leading to the Grand Dukes’ exile, or the famous plebiscite marking the annexation of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany to the Kingdom of Italy. A special focus is put on Florence becoming capital (after Turin and before Rome), in 1865, which started a massive renovation process that caused deep urbanistic, cultural and economic transformations.

That same year was also very important for italian’s identity because of the celebrations for the sixth centenary of Dante’s birth, to whom the city erected a statue (realized by Enrico Pazzi) in piazza Santa Croce.        Among the portraits featured in the itinerary, there are many eminent figures, such as Bettino Ricasoli, Ubaldino  Peruzzi, Francesco Guerrazzi, King Vittorio Emanuele II, Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi.

For further information contact the Amici dei Musei: segreteria@amicideimusei.it - +39 055 293007