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Conference Dinner

Salone dei 500 - Palazzo Vecchio
Cloister Grande of Santa Maria Novella - Basilica of Santa Maria Novella



Date: Wednesday 29 March 2023
Time: 18:30 – 23:00

Cocktail Place: Salone dei 500, della Signoria

Time: 18:30 – 19:45

Dinner Place: Cloister of Santa Maria Novella, di Santa Maria Novell

Time: 20:30 – 23:00

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.

The Cocktail will start at the Salone dei 500 in Palazzo Vecchio at 6:30 pm and end at 7:45 pm. An expert in Florence history will be available to introduce the beauty of Vasari’s paintings and Michelangelo’s statues in the Salone dei 500.

The participants will then transfer to the Cloister Grande of Santa Maria Novella.


After a scenic walk to see the unbelievable paintings of the Cloister, the participants will be accommodated in the magnificent Refectory of the Cloister, specifically opened for the occasion by the city of Florence, for the conference banquet starting at 8:30 pm.

The event will be a memorable tour of the most popular renascence monumental city in the world.  I hope you will enjoy it!

How to reach the Salone dei 500 and Cloister Grande of Santa Maria Novella

Salone dei Cinquecento is located in the central Florence, while the Cloister Grande of Santa Maria Novella is located near of the central station of Santa Maria Novella

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.

About Cloister Grande of Santa Maria Novella

One of the most precious jewels of Florence is the Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella. This pearl is part of the Dominican Convent attached to the basilica and is the largest in the city. It is completely frescoed in the lunettes by some of the major Florentine artists of the period between 1580 and 1585. It is also called the Second Cloister because it was built after the so-called Green Cloister, adjacent to the basilica. The cloister was built with the extensions of the convent between 1340 and 1360 and is made up of 56 internal round arches.


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