The ABF GlobaLAB at San Firenze

On International Day of Education 2021, the “ABF GlobaLAB” officially will open its doors in the heart of Florence, Italy at the famed Baroque San Firenze palazzo.

The meticulously restored historic spaces serve not only as the Foundation’s headquarters, but more importantly as a physical expression of ABF’s mission to “empower people and communities”: a place where young people and thinkers from all walks of life come together to be inspired and grow.


ABF GlobaLAB is a strategic vocational project that aims to incentivize and drive the talent of the citizens of tomorrow. Dedicated spaces have been designed to build community and foster dialogue through complimentary, year-round physical and virtual ABF educational activities, including workshops, talks and cultural events. With a particular emphasis on engaging young generations, this dynamic living laboratory brings together an innovative educational approach with the support of leading multi-disciplinary thinkers from around the world.


Thanks to the generous support of the Florence City Council, ABF has been offered the second floor at San Firenze on loan for complimentary use for 29 years. The Foundation, in turn, committed to carrying out a complex restoration project to transform the spaces back to their previous beauty and splendor.
The San Firenze complex, with its majestic façade and interiors, is regarded as one of the most important architectural Baroque-style buildings in the city. Dating back to the 16th Century, the building was originally commissioned by the Oratorians of Saint Philip Neri, and has – over the centuries – housed an oratory, a seminary, the city’s court and a church which is still active today.
Today, the building is also home to the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation & Museum, highlighting the building’s role as a new center for arts and culture education, a place open to the world.