Florence commemorates 1993 Uffizi bomb Sunday, May 26, 2013: free entrance to Uffizi Gallery 7-11:30pm

Damage at the Uffizi Gallery from the bomb of 1993 on Via dei Georgofili, Florence

Damage at the Uffizi Gallery from the bomb of 1993 on Via dei Georgofili, Florence

Damage from the bomb of 1993 on Via dei Georgofili, FlorenceMay 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.

The olive tree that marks the spot of the explosion on Via dei Georgofili in Florence

The olive tree that marks the spot of the explosion on Via dei Georgofili in Florence

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.

More information can be found on the Uffizi website.

 

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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