Right from the start, Ferragamo has constantly interfaced with the world of art and culture. A relationship driven over time also by artistic patronage programs aimed at promoting culture and safeguarding Italy’s artistic heritage, and in particular that of Florence. This approach encompasses the new, multiannual agreement signed in 2019 with the City of Florence, which includes the restoration of sculptural groups such as the equestrian statue of Cosimo I de’ Medici by Giambologna in Piazza della Signoria, the Hercules and Cacus by Baccio Bandinelli and the copy of Michelangelo’s David at the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio, the copy of Judith and Holofernes on the “Arengario” platform of Palazzo Vecchio, and the bronze copy of David at Piazzale Michelangelo.
Over the years, Ferragamo’s charitable contributions have allowed: the restoration of the Fountain of Neptune in Piazza della Signoria in Florence, which was returned to its original splendor; the reopening of 8 rooms of the Uffizi Gallery, containing approximately fifty major works of art from 15th-century Florence, as well as the renovation of Florence’s Colonna della Giustizia in Piazza Santa Trinita and Santa Trinita Bridge, the renovation of the Campatelli Tower-House, a mid-12th century architectural masterpiece owned by Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI, Italy’s National Trust) and located in San Gimignano, and the curation of the exhibition of Leonardo’s Saint Anne painting, usually on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
In 2019, the strong relationship between the City of Florence and Ferragamo has been celebrated at the crossroads of Ponte Vecchio, Via dei Bardi and Via Guicciardini, in the heart of Florence, where Salvatore and Wanda Ferragamo were honored with the inauguration of “Piazzetta Salvatore e Wanda Ferragamo”.