Thursday, May 21st 2020 – 5 p.m. /.7 p.m.

Opening Ceremony at Convitto della Calza and guided tour of either the Santo Spirito Church or the Brancacci Chapel. Both tours include stops at local artisan workshops.


The Opening Ceremony will be held in the Pontevecchio meeting hall, with welcome drinks following afterwards in the splendid cloister of the Convitto.
Prior to the ceremony and welcome drinks, participants will enjoy a guided visit of either the Santo Spirito Church or the Brancacci Chapel, with stops at local artisan workshops.


The unique façade of this church is the backdrop to the lively, picturesque piazza of the same name. The harmonious, linear interior was designed by Brunelleschi who reached the apex of his career with this project. The church houses important works of art by Michelangelo (the wooden crucifix), by Filippino Lippi and Sansovino.


The Brancacci Chapel is a chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, in the very heart of the Oltrarno quarter. It is sometimes called the “Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance” for its painting cycle, among the most famous and influential of the period: the Scenes from the life of St. Peter, mostly painted in collaboration by Masaccio and Masolino between 1425 and 1427.

To get a feel for the Florentine rive gauche both tours include stops at local antiques stores and artisan studios flaunting centuries-old traditions and crafts.

Please kindly select one of the two tours on the registration form, as tour capacity is 100 persons each and registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, May 23rd 2020
7:30 pm – 11 pm

Cost per person: € 100,00

The Symposium gala dinner will take place in the beautiful panoramic restaurant “La Loggia”, right on Piazzale Michelangelo.


In the intentions of the architect Giuseppe Poggi, who designed it, the loggia should have become a museum dedicated to the genius and works of Michelangelo. Instead, this neoclassical style loggia has been transformed into a restaurant café since 1867.
Participants will enjoy excellent Tuscan cuisine and a unique view of Florence at the same time. From the top of the Piazzale Michelangelo, in fact, Florence offers itself in all its beauty: from the ancient city walls to Fiesole, the sight is simply breathtaking!

Please note that transportation to and from the restaurant is not included. From the Symposium venue, it is less than 10 minutes by taxi.