12 Medici Villas and two Gardens in Tuscany have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Ministero per i Beni Culturali of the region together with the local municipalities have worked for years to make this happen – there are three days of festivities planned for the 9th, 10th and 11th of May. See the details below.
It was during its June 2013 meeting that UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee unanimously decreed that the series of “Ville e Giardini Medicei in Toscana” (the Medici Villas and Gardens of Tuscany) would be included in its list of world treasures. There are many Medici villas in Tuscany – the wealth of the Florentine ruling family was truly astounding.
The Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza is an important art center and cultural node, already devoted to featuring exhibitions, film and music festivals, lectures, and cultural events. Currently there’s the “Essere (e) Mistero” exhibition, which we posted about below.
Visit the Palazzo Mediceo website, for more information, linked here.
There are seven World Heritage Sites in Tuscany: The historic center of Florence, the historic center of San Gimignano, the historic center of Siena, the historic center of Pienza, Piaza Duomo in Pisa, the cultural landscape of Val d’Orcia, and now its Medici Villas.(Italy has 49 UNESCO sites, the most of any country in the world.)
The celebrations are co-ordinated as follows:
Friday, May 9th, 2014 – Florence, in the Auditorium of S.Apollonia. An international conference featuring those responsible for managing World heritage Sites in other parts of the World, such as the Schoenbrunn gardens in Vienna, the Prussian Gardens of Berlin, the Castles of the Loire Valley, the Historic Gardens of Spain, the Gardens of Kyoto, the Sabaude Residences, and the Villas of Palladio.
Saturday, May 10th, 2014 – Villa di Poggio a Caiano. Kishore Rao, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, will hand out UNESCO’s certificates in an official ceremony. The President of the Tuscany Region, along with representatives of the Beni Culturali e del Turismo, will be present. NOTE: there is an exhibition slated for Saturday – in conjunction with the ceremony, and it will be held at the Museo Pecci of Prato.
Sunday, May 11th, 2014 – Palazzo Mediceo, Seravezza. At 11am at each of the Villas there will be the unveiling of the UNESCO plaque, in the presence of representatives of the respective Comuni.
There are events and parties scheduled for later, which are meant to involve the citizenry in the celebration of the prestigious recognition.