It’s been 25 years since the terrorist attack happened in Florence in the night between May 26th and 27th, just few steps away from the Uffizi Gallery. The attack was carried out by the Sicilian Mafia and killed 5 persons, injured 40 people and damaged many works of art. One of those is The Card Players by Bartolomeo Manfredi.
May 27th 1993, 1.05 am – The explosion in the heart of Florence
It was 1.05 am when a car packed full of explosives and parked in via dei Georgofili exploded: the roar in the night was terrible and was heard from far far away: the medieval Tower dei Pulci, headquarter of Accademia dei Georgofili, collapsed together with all the windows of the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor and the other buildings nearby.
The damaged artworks were about 400, luckily the masterpieces by Botticelli and other Renaissance artists, were protected by their protection glasses and not ruined; in total 103 artworks were seriously damaged. The Card Players by 17th century painter Bartolomeo Manfredi was terribly damaged: more than 500 pieces were picked up, one by one, by the Uffizi keepers in the next days.
The Card Players: yesterday, today and tomorrow
The painting by Bartolomeo Manfredi was hanged at the beginning of the Vasari Corridor, since the second half of the ’70s: Luciano Berti, Uffizi’s Director at that time, decided to open the Vasari Corridor to guided tours and displayed at the its entrance, several artworks from the 17th century Caravaggeschi.
The Card Players by Bartolomeo Manfredi was irremediably damaged and became the symbol of the Via dei Georgofili bombing, and displayed in the Uffizi Gallery for years as memento of the tragic event.
The painting has recently been carefully restored by Florentine restorer Daniela Lippi, who carefully put back together the 500 pieces to give a new life to this, believed completely lost, painting. Her work was filmed by journalist Luca Galassi in the documentary The Care (here the link to the crowdfunding campaign) and told in the book “Cultura contro terrore”.
After 25 years The Card Players is back to the Uffizi Gallery:it will be on display at the Vasari Auditorium until June 3rd – information here. You may find more information also in our free ebook about the Vasari Corridor!
Our Tour Operator Exclusive Connection, specialized in incoming tours to Italy, just became the partner of new Florence museum Fondazione Zeffirelli, that opened in October 2017. Continue reading “Visit Florence new Museum Zeffirelli”
While February is ending we are planning the guided tours in Florence, for Italian-speaking residents and not only residents, in March and April. We are going to visit unknown museums, secret gardens, and off-the-beaten streets. Check out the calendar! Continue reading “Svegliatevi bambine: Spring is coming to Florence”
New seasonal pricing is coming to the Uffizi Galleries’ circuit, that includes the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti museums, and the Boboli Gardens. Let’s have a look together at the new tickets. Continue reading “New Tickets for the Uffizi Gallery”
The countdown for Christmas has officially started! While we’re waiting to celebrate with you on January 6th with a guided tour to Uffizi for families, we listed below all the major museums’ schedules during the upcoming Christmas holidays in Florence. Continue reading “Florence Museums Open for Christmas and New Year Day”
Are you planning a trip to Florence with your children? Don’t be worried about it because you have several things to do with your family when in Florence. Here we listed 5 things to do with children in Florence. Continue reading “Visit Florence with Kids: 5 things to do”
What we like about our job? Persons like you, together with the love for art and history. We really care about what you think and we want to thank all of our customers that took the time to write a review: we have been awarded with the”Certificate of Excellence” by TripAdvisor!
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Are you coming to Florence with your family and children? Would you like to discover more about Florence and its magnificent Renaissance art? We have a created a family-friendly walking tour to visit Florence and meet the Renaissance super-heroes. Here some of the super-artists you meet during our Florence walking tour. Continue reading “Visit Florence with children: meet the Renaissance Super-Heroes of Florence”
Welcome to September! In Italy September is that time of the year when schools start after the long Summer holidays, harvest is coming soon and you count the days to Christmas. We have a rich program of tours for the entire month of September! Continue reading “Waiting for Autumn: Tours in Florence in September”
Summer is the season of Florence boat tour: we organize cruises down the River Arno at sunset, when the sun colors up the city in gold. During the 1 hour cruise you see Florence from a complete different point of view and you spot 3 things we suggest you take pictures of. Continue reading “3 things to take pictures of while cruising the Arno river”