Stanford’s new home

Palazzo Capponi open for lectures, events

Cherise Olson
December 13, 2012

For nearly the last 20 years, Palazzo Tempi (also known as Palazzo Baragli Petrucci) served as the Stanford Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence. For two decades, it garnered the affection of generations of students as the Stanford ‘home away from home.'  However, at the start of the fall 2012 semester, the Stanford Breyer Center relocated to a new building, one that has generated much excitement and enthusiasm among alumni on both sides of the Atlantic.


This prestigious new home is none other than Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate (via de' Bardi 36), a magnificent, privately owned palace that has overlooked the Arno river since the fifteenth century.  The historically rich Palazzo Capponi, owned for generations by the Capponi family, only adds to elevating the quality of the education by providing such a unique setting for learning. After all, the palazzo itself is a work of Renaissance architecture, with high ceilings and beautiful interior spaces.


Occupying one floor of the palazzo, the Stanford centre comprises offices, classrooms, a break room, a student lounge, a reading room, a kitchen and an art studio. Students taking creative art classes can do their landscape painting homework simply by taking in the fantastic view from the extensive terrace, or draw inspiration from the beautiful murals created by Andrea del Sarto and Jacopo Pontormo.


In opening Palazzo Capponi to the public for the first time in history, Stanford has started hosting a series of exceptional events in the centre's new home, for students, alumni, special guests and the general public. This program of events, called Incontri a Palazzo, features art exhibits, classical music concerts and lectures by notable speakers, some local and some from overseas.


The first event in 2013 is a lecture (in Italian), on January 9, 2013 (5pm), focusing on the Arab Spring, with Florence Imam Elzir Izzedin and other experts. Another lecture (in English), on January 30, 2013 (5pm), explores the issue of food security, with guest speaker Jack Winkler from the London Metropolitan University.

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