It’s been 25 years since the terrorist attack happened in Florence in the night between May 26th and 27th, just few steps away from the Uffizi Gallery. The attack was carried out by the Sicilian Mafia and killed 5 persons, injured 40 people and damaged many works of art. One of those is The Card Players by Bartolomeo Manfredi.
May 27th 1993, 1.05 am – The explosion in the heart of Florence
It was 1.05 am when a car packed full of explosives and parked in via dei Georgofili exploded: the roar in the night was terrible and was heard from far far away: the medieval Tower dei Pulci, headquarter of Accademia dei Georgofili, collapsed together with all the windows of the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor and the other buildings nearby.
The damaged artworks were about 400, luckily the masterpieces by Botticelli and other Renaissance artists, were protected by their protection glasses and not ruined; in total 103 artworks were seriously damaged. The Card Players by 17th century painter Bartolomeo Manfredi was terribly damaged: more than 500 pieces were picked up, one by one, by the Uffizi keepers in the next days.
The Card Players: yesterday, today and tomorrow
The painting by Bartolomeo Manfredi was hanged at the beginning of the Vasari Corridor, since the second half of the ’70s: Luciano Berti, Uffizi’s Director at that time, decided to open the Vasari Corridor to guided tours and displayed at the its entrance, several artworks from the 17th century Caravaggeschi.
The Card Players by Bartolomeo Manfredi was irremediably damaged and became the symbol of the Via dei Georgofili bombing, and displayed in the Uffizi Gallery for years as memento of the tragic event.
The painting has recently been carefully restored by Florentine restorer Daniela Lippi, who carefully put back together the 500 pieces to give a new life to this, believed completely lost, painting. Her work was filmed by journalist Luca Galassi in the documentary The Care (here the link to the crowdfunding campaign) and told in the book “Cultura contro terrore”.
After 25 years The Card Players is back to the Uffizi Gallery:it will be on display at the Vasari Auditorium until June 3rd – information here. You may find more information also in our free ebook about the Vasari Corridor!
While February is ending we are planning the guided tours in Florence, for Italian-speaking residents and not only residents, in March and April. We are going to visit unknown museums, secret gardens, and off-the-beaten streets. Check out the calendar! Continue reading “Svegliatevi bambine: Spring is coming to Florence”
Are you coming to Florence with your family and children? Would you like to discover more about Florence and its magnificent Renaissance art? We have a created a family-friendly walking tour to visit Florence and meet the Renaissance super-heroes. Here some of the super-artists you meet during our Florence walking tour. Continue reading “Visit Florence with children: meet the Renaissance Super-Heroes of Florence”
Summer is the season of Florence boat tour: we organize cruises down the River Arno at sunset, when the sun colors up the city in gold. During the 1 hour cruise you see Florence from a complete different point of view and you spot 3 things we suggest you take pictures of. Continue reading “3 things to take pictures of while cruising the Arno river”
The Vasari Corridor is one the most renowned secret passages in the world: since the late Renaissance it connects the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace. It was closed to the public in November 2016 and it will be reopened to the public in 2018.
While we’re waiting for the great reopening of the Vasari Corridor here we listed some curiosities and facts of this hidden passage of Florence!
Continue reading “Stories and facts about the Vasari Corridor”
Think about a private passage used for centuries by the Medici family to go from Palazzo Vecchio to the Uffizi Gallery: this is the Path of the Prince, the hidden passage closed to the public until today and just reopened to the public until next January 2018. Here more details.
Continue reading “Secret Florence: the Prince Passage from Palazzo Vecchio to Uffizi Gallery”
May has just started but the weather is still cold and we’re waiting for the warm and cozy Florentine Spring. We organized three special tours in Florence for familes and individuals to discover more about Florence. In addition we have an anticipation of a aspecial guided tour in June! Continue reading “May in Florence: Special guided tours for residents and non!”
The tourist season has just started and we’re happy to announce 3 new walking tours in Florence to discover the real Firenze! Continue reading “Florence Walking Tours: discover the real Florence!”
We have planned some interesting guided tours for the moth of April 2017. Check out the calendar now!
Continue reading “Don’t Fool April Around!”
Get ready for March! It’s going to be a month of special tours and exclusive openings. Continue reading “Florence Tours and Exclusive Openings March 2017 Specials”