Love Florence in flowers at Piazzale Michelangelo

Balustrades restored

Editorial Staff
February 15, 2017 - 11:22

Marking the end of the balustrade restoration project, a “Love Florence” flowerbed is blooming at piazzale Michelangelo until mid March.

 

The next stage of the work to renew Florence’s most famous piazza will remove the asphalt and replace it in bituminous mixture, similar to the coating used in piazza Pitti. The market stalls will also change layout, surrounding the bronze cast of the David in the centre of the piazza.

 

At the unveiling of the new balustrades, Florence mayor Dario Nardella commented, “Valentine’s Day is perfect for inaugurating the restoration of the first part of the balustrades that look out over one of the most beautiful views in the world, made possible thanks to the generosity of Starhotels, which used the Art Bonus system.”

 

In December 2015, Florentine hotel chain Starhotels donated in excess of one million euro to restore piazzale Michelangelo to its former glory, as part of the Italian Art Bonus project, whereby Italian companies receive a tax break of 65 percent for donations to cultural activities.

 

The cast iron parapets facing the city in front of the Poggi loggia were restored to their former glory under the direction of the Monumental Buildings and Villa Office, a department of the City of Florence. Research conducted by the City’s archives revealed the original colour of the decorative feature as well as information about how it was assembled.

 

The floral “Amo Firenze” decoration in red cyclamens in the middle of a grass lawn is an additional “lovemark” in Florence’s beloved piazza.

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