Programs & Events

Nowhere in Italy – perhaps in the entire world – is the act of looking at art more rewarding than in Florence. Nowhere else can one be captivated by a wistful Botticelli smile, impressed by the graceful dignity of Donatello’s bronze David, and moved by Michelangelo’s provocative Slaves twisting restlessly in their marble prisons.

Twice a year, an intimate group of Friends of Florence patrons have a rare opportunity to become true citizens of this magnificent city as they receive the keys to its artistic treasures and explore Florence in a manner not possible for the casual visitor:

  • View private collections not open to the public with acclaimed art historians
  • Observe restoration projects underway by Friends of Florence and other notable institutions
  • Enjoy magical evenings in spectacular venues throughout the city and Tuscany

Friends of Florence also occasionally creates unique events in other cities in Europe and the United States, which offer art lovers unique behind-the-scenes experiences with private curators and art historians, prominent scholars, and writers. Private receptions, exhibitions, tours, and special events have been held at the Chicago Art Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the High Museum, and The Getty Center.

Substantive programs, including symposia and study opportunities, have been held in conjunction with the Aspen Institute in Aspen and, in 2011, in Florence, and with the New York University in Florence, to name a few.