This year, the U.S. Consulate in Florence is celebrating its 200th year of existence. The United States has enjoyed strong linkages to Tuscany since before our Independence, and relations between our two countries are better than they have ever been. One of the primary reasons for this enduring partnership is the multitude of individual ties between Americans and Italians that draw us ever closer together.
For more than 200 years, Santa Croce has been a bridge between Italy and the United States. But the story is still being written. In October 2019, the “Sisters in Liberty” exhibition will bring the story of the Fedi’s and Bartholdi’s statues to the Ellis Island Museum in New York. Meanwhile, every day hundreds of Americans will visit (or revisit) the marvels of Santa Croce and feel at home in the church that Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote was “built for the human race.”
Friends of Florence is a U.S. non-profit organization supported by individuals from around the world who are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the cultural and historical integrity of the arts in the city and surrounding area of Florence, Italy.
Friends of Florence provides financial support directly to the city’s restoration laboratories to restore, safeguard, and make available to the public a broad range of art from paintings and sculptures, to architectural elements and collections of smaller objects. Through educational programs and events, Friends of Florence strives to increase public understanding and an appreciation of the glorious city of Florence and its abundant treasures.
A generous contribution by Friends of Florence allowed for the first ever comprehensive restoration of Fedi’s Liberty of Poetry (April – June, 2019)