May 26, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred on Via die Georgofili in Florence when a bomb exploded near the Torre die Pulci at 1:04am on May 27, 1993. This mafia related attack caused the loss of five lives and 50 other people were injured. The tragic event also destroyed 3 works of art and damage to 200 others at the Uffizi.
To remember and commemorate the victims of the incident the Uffizi Gallery will extend its opening hours, with free admission from 7-11:30pm on Sunday, May 26. The public can also participate in special free visits (without reservation) from 7-11pm, offered by professional tour guides and volunteers.
The non-profit foundation Friends of Florence will be presenting a sculpture to remember the losses caused by the tragic event. The work by Roberto Barni is entitled The Steps of Gold (made of bronze and gold) will be will lit for the first time at the hour of the bombing, as the bells of the Palazzo Vecchio will toll at 1:04am on the 27th.
The Uffizi Gallery is located in the Loggiato degli Uffizi, in Florence, Italy.