Florence, under the rule of its Mayor, Matteo Renzi, has released the “Price List” for renting the city’s historic treasures – for cultural events, Theater plays… and for Cocktail Parties – so reports the “Fatto Quotidiano” daily.
Here is the “Tariffario per la concessione in uso dei beni culturali per eventi” – what it’ll cost you to rent the cultural heritage of Florence for “special events:”
Cocktail Party at the Grotta del Buontalenti at the Boboli Gardens,
(Pictured above – photo from Wikipedia)
5,000 euros (plus 100 euros for lights)
Dinner at the Cortile Dell’Ammannati, in the Palazzo Pitti
(a “cultural event” will set you back: 5,000 euros, a “theatrical event” less: 3,000 euros… a “generic event” a lot more: 20,000 euros.)
Dinner at the Galleria Palatina, in the Palazzo Pitti
10,000 euros (food excluded)
Cocktail Party under the Pietro da Cortona Vaulted Porticoes at Palazzo Pitti,
Bachelor/Bachelorette Party in the company of Botticelli’s “Venus”
Cocktails 5,000 euros (a dinner: 10,000 euros)
Fashion Show amidst the Medici Statues?
(This caused a scandal last year, when it cost 30,000…)
The cost this year: 150,000 euros.
At the end of the article the “Fatto Quotidiano” asks: what is the use of preparing young archeology Ph.D.s … so that they might increase our level of civilization, or to – literally – cater to the moneyed elite?
The daily sums up the whole affair thusly – and we translate: “It could seem, to some someone, that this is some sort of “modernizing” of the management of the country’s historic-artistic patrimony – to many others, in Italy and abroad, it looks instead like the last stages of a dying State, that is begging for alms with a plate in its mouth. And… to not think about this, we could always tie one on at a Cimabue Cocktail Party, in the Uffizi.”
We link to the original article on the “Fatto Quotidiano” website, here.