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.