The 18th of February marks the anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the last member of Florence’s powerful Medici dynasty. Florence has a lot to thank Anna Maria Luisa for; it was her famous pact, known as the Patto di Famiglia which ensured the Medici art collection remained in Tuscany and the reason that today, Florence is known as the City of Art. This important event took place on the 31st of October, 1737 between Francesco Stefano di Lorena, husband of Empress Maria Teresa D’Austria, and Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici Electress Palatine. Through this agreement, Anna Maria Luisa offers all the art collections of her family to the new Grand Duke as long as they remain bound forever to Florence and Tuscany.
Every year on the 18th February, Florentines honour her legacy with a historical parade through the city centre. Dressed in period costume, the parade leaves from the Palagio di Parte Guelfa, and then travels along via Pellicceria, Via Porta Rossa, Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, Via Por Santa Maria, Via Vacchereccia, Piazza Della Signoria, Via Calzaiuoli, Piazza S. Giovanni, Borgo San Lorenzo, Piazza S. Lorenzo, Via Canto dei Nelli, before arriving in Piazza Madonna Aldobrandini, where a wreath of yellow flowers (yellow was the favourite colour of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici) will be left on her tomb in the Cappelle Medicee.
At 11:00 am the parade will return through the city to Piazza di Parte Guelfa.
The Comune of Florence also commemorates this historical day by offering free entrance to all the civic museums for the whole day as well as guided tours of the Cappelle Medicee.
- Museo di Palazzo Vecchio– Piazza della Signoria 1 – Opening hours – Museum: 9.00-19.00 – Tower : 10.00-17.00
- Museo Novecento– Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10 – Opening hours: 11.00-19.00
- Santa Maria Novella– Piazza Stazione 4 e Piazza Santa Maria Novella – Opening hours: 9.00-17.30
- Cappella Brancacci– Piazza del Carmine 14 – Opening hours: 10.00-17.00
- Fondazione Salvatore Romano– Piazza S. Spirito 29 – Opening hours: 10.00-17.00
- Museo del Bigallo– Piazza San Giovanni, 1 – Opening hours: 10.30-16.30
- Museo del Ciclismo Gino Bartali– Via Chiantigiana, 175 – Ponte a Ema – Opening hours 10.00-13.00
- Museo Stefano Bardini– Via dei Renai 37 – Opening hours : 11.00-17.00
If you want to relive Anna Maria Luisa de ‘Medici, this Sunday 17th at Palazzo Pitti and Monday 18th February 2019 in Palazzo Vecchio you can meet the historical character of Anna Maria Luisa de ‘Medici.
The Municipality of Florence in collaboration with the Associazione MUS.E and the Gallerie degli Uffizi propose an evocative event re-enacting a woman whose choices have been decisive for the definition of Florence City of Art as it is known today in the whole world. The public will have the opportunity to meet Anna Maria Luisa de ‘Medici on Sunday 17 at Palazzo Pitti, in the spectacular Sala del Fiorino, and on Monday 18th in Palazzo Vecchio, which thus pays tribute to the last Medici representative on the anniversary of her death. together with free entry to the Florentine Civic Museums.
The meeting with the character, followed by a debate with the public, will be an opportunity to better understand the features of the figure and to immerse themselves in the context of 18th-century Florence, starting an unprecedented and engaging dialogue with history.
The event is scheduled on Sunday 17 February in the Sala del Fiorino at Palazzo Pitti with three performances at h15.00, h16.00 and h17.00 and on Monday 18 February at Palazzo Vecchio in the same hours; appointments are free and are reserved only for those who will book at contacts 055-2768224 and 055-2768558 (subject to availability).
Participation in the meeting does not include admission to Palazzo Pitti, whose access is subject to payment. For whom: for young people and adults When: Sunday 17 at Palazzo Pitti and Monday 18 February at Palazzo Vecchio h15.00 – h16.00 – h17.00 Where: Sala del Fiorino, Pitti Palace, Piazza Pitti 1, Florence and Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Signoria, Florence Participation in the meeting is free; reservation is mandatory. Access to Palazzo Pitti is not included (tickets may be purchased for entry). For information and reservations: Mail firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 055-2768224, 055-2768558
We chose to honour Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici by naming one of our apartments after her. Choose our Anna Maria Luisa Apartment for your next stay in Florence.