Firenze NOW!

Firenze NOW!  :  The Future of Florence

Building on the fascinating Future of Florence panel discussion we staged on 1st July, the British Institute of Florence presents a series of further debates on the major challenges and opportunities that Florence faces  to rebuild from the COVID crisis.

Click here for a summary of  Future of Florence session in July.

Dario Nardella, the Mayor of Florence, has set out a vision for the socio-economic reconstruction of Florence following the devastation of the COVID-19 crisis:

The challenge is to embrace this moment as an opportunity…to devise and create a new model of social and economic development for the city, which holds together its more traditional vocations of culture, art, tourism, industry and manufacturing with renewed functions as a smart city, whereby artisan workshops, biotechnology, modern enterprises, infrastructure connecting and supporting businesses, research and professional training centres, selected tourism and high technology can co-exist and fuel one another… The Florence of the future must be more intelligent, inclusive and greener.


Top Florentine and international experts will debate the big ideas for rebuilding Florence’s economy to make the city a better place for everyone – live in the library at Palazzo Lanfredini with simultaneous broadcast via Zoom. 

There will be seven sessions to explore The Future of Florence:


Wednesday 23 September 15:30  Introduction: Dario Nardella in conversation with Simon Gammell
Thursday 24 September 18:00    A Greener, Smarter Florence
Wednesday 7 October 18:00 Building a Knowledge Economy
Thursday 22 October 18:00 International Education & Research
Thursday 5 November 18:00 Manufacturing: Industry and Botteghe
Wednesday 18 November 18:00 Tourism of the Future
Thursday 3 December 18:00 Rebalancing the Centro Storico

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The Future of Florence is presented in partnership with Corriere Fiorentino and with the participation of the Comune di Firenze.