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The Historical Archives of the European Union will host an Open Day on Saturday 6 May 2017, from 10.00 to 17.30, at Villa Salviati, Florence.

This year, for the first time after intense renovations, the main corpus of Villa Salviati will be opened to the public.

Villa Salviati is accessible to pedestrians only, from the gates at Via Bolognese 156 and Via Faentina 261. Participation in the Open Day is free.

It will be a day of arts, music and circus shows for young and old to enjoy together in the name of a united Europe.
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Arts and music programme

10:00 – 17:00 | Sculpture exhibition in the garden: Lorenzo Galligani and Francesco Roviello

Sculpture exhibition in the garden: Lorenzo Galligani and Francesco Roviello

Curator: Andrea Mello

10:00 – 16:00 | Guided visits to the main Villa, the gardens and grottoes of Villa Salviati. Associazione Città Nascosta.

Guided visits to the main Villa, the gardens and grottoes of Villa Salviati. Associazione Città Nascosta.

12:45 – 14:00 | Concert by the orchestra Cupiditas, introduced by the EUI Choir

Introduction by the EUI Choir

  • Antoine Brumel “Sicut lilium”
  • Johannes Brauhart “Lilia Nympha colit”

Concert by the Orchestra Cupiditas.

  • J. Haydn “Sinfonia No 94 (La sorpresa)”
  • Wagner “Preludio atto III” da “Lohengrin”
  • Gershwin “Rhapsody in blue”

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16:30 – 17:30 | Concert by the the Academy of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Concert by the Academy of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Selection from “Il barbiere di Siviglia” by Gioachino Rossini

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Family programme

10:00 – 16:00 | Guided visits to the vaults by the archivists of the European University Institute

Visits from 10:30 – 13.00 and 14.00-16.00

10:30 – 16:30 | Circo Europa. Circus workshops. Scuola Circo En Piste.

Circo Europa. Circus workshops. Scuola Circo En Piste.

Juggling, acrobatics, artistic make-up and trapeze.

The Scuola Circo en Piste, composed by jugglers, tightrope walkers and acrobats welcomes the public on its colorful tracks and involves everyone teaching them the basics of various circus disciplines.

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10:30 – 15:30 | Ciao Europa! – workshops. Giunti Editore

Giunti Editore’s workshops at 10:30–12:30 and 14:30-15:30

12.00 – 17.00 | The Taste of the Union – Excellent Gusto

“The Taste of the Union” – Excellent Gusto.

Tasting experiences and homemade pasta laboratory for kids guided by Excellent Gusto. Excellent Gusto’s International Advisory Board selects the best Italian food and wine products to label as Gioielli Italiani (Italian Jewels).

Building European culture through food—let’s cook together!

Open day 2017

For more information please contact:

Laura Burgassi

Tel.: +39 055.468.56.61

E-mail: [email protected]

To book the guided visits, please send a message to:

[email protected].

Villa Salviati - Via Bolognese 156, 50139 Firenze


Città Nascosta
Comune di  Firenze
En Piste Scuola di Circo
Excellent Gusto
Giunti Editore
Opera Di Firenze Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Progetto Cupiditas


Agrocasearia di Paola Loi
Caffè Pontevecchio
Consorzio Pane del Mugello
Gelatieri Artigiani Fiorentini
Il Cappelletto Matto
Le nonne di San Frediano
Mugello Tartufi
Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Di Santa Maria Novella
Podere Belvedere
Ristorante Al 588
Sake on the table
Tenuta del Gallo
Tenuta di Artimino