Tuesday 11 July, 2017
The Medici Villa 'La Ferdinanda'
Via Firenze, 83, 59100 Prato PO, Italy
Near the wonderful medieval village of Artimino is the Medici villa 'The Ferdinanda' (or villa of one hundred chimneys because of a series of chimneys with different form and shapes). The building of the residence was ordered by Ferdinando 1st, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who committed the project to Bernando Buontalenti, architect of court, in 1596. As a consequence the residence is characterised by its simplicity and elegance: the angled avant-bodies, the great access twice-flighted staircase, the totted outline of the four corners and the front loggia give it an unmistakable tone, typical of the Florentine Renaissance.
We start with welcome cocktails outside in the garden of Belvedere in front of the Villa, followed by aperitifs and a buffet of Tuscan Hors d'oevres in the Cantine Granducali. After the aperitifs the guests take the main stair in front of the villa (with opportunity for a group photo in front of the villa) where the dinner will be served in the Piano Nobile.
Bus transfers to and from Prato (departure point to be confirmed at symposium) are included in the dinner price. Symposium participants, their families, and friends are all welcome to attend an evening to remember.
*Guests with special dietary requirements will need to inform us upon registration.
Cost: AUD$120 per person including 40-minute bus transfers each way.
Bookings: Register and pay online by 16 June (or until maximum numbers are reached). Delegates will be unable to register for the dinner during the Symposium.