The Italian Ministry of Arts opened 2016 by announcing a three-year plan to invest 300 million euro in culture. Among those funds, 20 million euro has been allocated to support improvements and urgent restoration of several monuments throughout Tuscany.
Minister of cultural heritage, Dario Franceschini, explained that the investments earmarked for Tuscany are some of the 241 projects identified nationally.
‘This confirms just how much culture has returned to the centre of national policy. From art to archaeology, libraries to archives, museums to restoration work, there’s not a single sector that isn’t receiving a significant economic and political stimulus from this government,’ Franceschini said in making the announcement.
The ministry has already set aside two million euro for Florence’s Biblioteca Nazionale and three million for the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Among the other benefactors are the Pisa Charterhouse (Certosa di Calci); the Medici Chapels and Accademia Gallery in Florence; the antiquarium at Villa Corsini in Castello; and the hermitage of Camaldoli in Casentino.