Facelift for marble façades in Florence’s Piazza del Duomo
Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore to fund the project, estimated to cost at least €30m
By Ermanno Rivetti. Web only
Published online: 23 July 2013
Franco Lucchesi, the president of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, which manages the historic buildings in Florence’s Piazza del Duomo, has announced that the institution will spend between €30m and €35m to restore the marble façades (around 40,000 sq. m) on all of the square’s monuments, including the Basilica, which is crowned by Brunelleschi's dome, Giotto's bell tower and the Battistero di San Giovanni.
The institution is single-handedly funding the works using its revenues from ticket sales—around 8 million people visit the site every year, many of which pay to enter the buildings—and no money has been provided by the ministry of culture. As of 25 June, all the monuments and buildings controlled by the institution will be accessible through a single €10 ticket, which is considerably cheaper than the separate tickets previously on offer.
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