Right from the start, Salvatore 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.
This restoration follows another significant support given by Ferragamo: the voluntary contribution, paid in the three-year period 2016-2018, for the restoration of the Fountain of Neptune in Piazza della Signoria, Florence, which was returned to its original splendor.
Over the years, Salvatore Ferragamo’s charitable contributions have allowed to reopen 8 rooms of the Uffizi Gallery, containing approximately fifty major works of art from 15th-century Florence, as well as to renovate Florence’s Colonna della Giustizia in Piazza Santa Trinita and Santa Trinita Bridge, to renovate 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 to curate 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 Salvatore 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”.