150 years of La Nazione

Florence fftes local daily

Editorial Staff
December 11, 2008

In honor of its sesquicentennial, La Nazione will be the focus of festivities as Tuscany celebrates its local newspaper.


Born on July 8, 1859, La Nazione was the brainchild of the then interim head of the Tuscan government, Bettino Ricasoli. A fervent believer in Italy's nationalist movement, Ricasoli chose the name La Nazione in his hope for a unified country, a hope that became reality just two years later.



One of the oldest dailies in Italy, La Nazione is considered an institution, not just a newspaper. Without pause, the local daily has covered the region's triumphs and tragedies, intrigues and innovations, sports and social events.



In announcing the upcoming celebration, president of the regional council, Riccardo Nencini remarked, ‘These last 150 years have testified to the life and history of Italy and the Tuscan region. From hard news, sports and politics to the social service done to citizens, La Nazione is a publication of great value.'



The party begins in January 2009 with an exhibit, called Workwear, organized in conjunction with Pitti Immagine and curated by Oliviero Toscani and Olivier Sallard, to be held at Florence's Stazione Leopolda. In March, at the Galleria de' Medici di Palazzo Medici Riccardi, an exhibit entitled La Nazione 150 prime pagine per 150 anni, will trace the paper's history. Throughout the celebration, branches of the Monte Paschi di Siena bank around the region will display copies of broadsheets and front pages from La Nazione, heralding important local and national news from years past.




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