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Conference Dinner

Salone dei 500 - Palazzo Vecchio

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Salone dei Cinquecento is located in the historical center of Florence, Piazza della Signoria, inside Palazzo Vecchio. 

It is at walking distance from the conference venue. 

Date: Wednesday 29 March 2023
Time: 20:00 – 23:59
Place: Salone dei 500 

P.za della Signoria, 2, Firenze

Price : 95 Euro

Price for Accompaning persons : 110 Euro

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Dress code required: Men should wear Jacket and Tie, Women Cocktail outfit. Tickets will be required to enter. You will receive them at the registration desk.

Transfer to and from the dinner is not included. Seats are limited and the bookings will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to reach the Salone dei 500

Salone dei Cinquecento is located in the central Florence and is easy to get to with public transportation.

You can get to Salone dei Cinquecento by Bus, or Light Rail (Tramvia)

These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby : 

Bus: 20, 23, 6, C3

Light Rail: T2

Salone dei Cinquecento History

The Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence is located inside Palazzo Vecchio, which has been the seat of the city's institutions for centuries. The monumental and political heart of Palazzo Vecchio is the Salone dei Cinquecento , one of the largest and most precious in Italy.

It was built in 1494 by Girolamo Savonarola who had replaced the Medici at the helm of Florence and here he wanted to hold the meetings of the Maggiore Council of the Republic, composed precisely of 500 members. Florence becomes the capital of Italy in 1865; the decision was made a year earlier with the September Convention, signed in Paris with Napoleon III. A political decision that also had a symbolic value.

Transferring the capital from Turin to Florence meant not transferring it to Rome and therefore safeguarding the papal state. In early February 1865 Vittorio Emanuele II officially arrived in Florence and settled at Palazzo Pitti in the Meridiana palace. Government and parliament instead had some difficulty in finding a place but in a few months spending only nine million all the move was made.

From 1865 to 1871 the Salone dei Cinquecento will host the meetings of the Italian Parliament but above all Florence will be forced to revise its social and urban aspect under the pressure of at least 20,000 new arrivals in the city that then counted about 150,000 inhabitants.
The Salone dei Cinquecento is striking for its immense beauty due to the decorations, the statues, the paintings on the side walls and the beautiful coffered ceilings.

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