Uffizi art gallery to screen cinema for free
24 June, 2017
Florence's Uffizi art gallery will this year for the first time in its history host an outdoor cinema, Italian media reported. The Apriti Cinema summer festival in the Renaissance city starts on 26 June with over 20 new and classic films to be shown at the evening screenings. Uffizi plans to put seats for up to 285 people to watch the films free of charge.
The project was announced last Monday by Florence mayor Dario Nardella and gallery's director Eike Schmidt. “It's the first time that the Piazzale degli Uffizi will host such an event, in a unique combination of art, architecture and film,” Nardella said adding that the screenings at Italy's most popular art gallery would allow the city to re-appropriate public spaces in Florence and “not leave them only for tourists.”
Florence is one of several Italian cities to crack down on overcrowding from mass tourism which is seen as harmful to cultural heritage. In May, Nardella even launched an initiative to banish picnicking tourists from the steps of iconic churches and cathedrals.