Video by Serena Caponetti and Davide Aiello
The Tuscan American Association, together with the City of Florence, organized a large institutional event for the attribution of the Tuscany - USA Award, given to two winners, one Tuscan and one American, who made a significant contribution to strengthening friendship ties and relations between Tuscany and the United States.
On February 15th 2019, in the Sala delle Feste at Palazzo Bastogi, together with the Regional Council, the "Toscana-Usa, Usa-Toscana: Investing to grow" convention took place on the occasion of the bicentennial celebrations of the American diplomatic presence in Florence. At the Conference opened by the President of the Regional Council of Tuscany Eugenio Giani, the Vice Mayor of the City of Florence Cristina Giachi, The President of Confindustria Firenze Luigi Salvadori, The President of Confindustria Toscana Alessio Marco Ranaldo, the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Florence and Vice President of Unioncamere Nazionale Leonardo Bassilichi.
Tuscan American Association has visited the "noble floors" of Palazzo Spini Feroni and the Ferragamo Museum. It was an opportunity to pay tribute to Mrs. Wanda Ferragamo, sadly missing on October 19, 2018 and who had been rewarded in 2003 by TAA for having contributed as an entrepreneur with her commitment to strengthening relations between Tuscany and the USA.
The visit started from the wonderful rooms on the first floor of Palazzo Spini Feroni starting from the historic "Sala Consiglio", the "Sala della Musica" and covering the narrow and fascinating corridors up to the "Sala Blu" and the "Cappella" admirably frescoed by Bernardino Poccetti.
MEMORIAL DAY Commemoration - May 28, 2018 - Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Participants are expected to include: Ambassador of the United States o/ America The Honorable Lewis M. Eisenberg, Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, U.S. Army Europe Major Generai John L. Gronski, Commander of the lnstitute /or Military Aeronautical Sciences Major Generai Stefano Fort, Consul Generai o/ the United States o/ America in Florence Benjamin V. Wohlauer.
Since 1996, the Tuscan American Association has offered traditional annual events in recognition of the close ties between Tuscany and the United States:
- Independence Day (July 4th)
- Welcome Day for American students studying in Tuscany
- The Tuscan American Award ceremony on the occasion of Welcome Day
- Holiday Best Wishes in December
- A reception in honor of the United States’ Presidents’ Day in February
The Tuscan American Association Onlus, presided by its co-presidents Andrea Davis and Federico Frediani, holds a welcome ceremony every year for American students who initiate their studies in the various universities located in Tuscany. One of the Association’s main objectives is to enhance cultural exchanges between Tuscany and the United States, and the ceremony is an important institutional event organized with the City of Florence.
This year Welcome Day will be held on Wednesday, October 25th at 5:00 pm in the Salone de’ 500 of Palazzo Vecchio. Opening remarks will be made by the Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella and Vice-Mayor of Florence Cristina Giachi, the Consul General of the US Consulate General in Florence Benjamin V. Wohlauer, as well as by the TAA’s two Co-Presidents.
The pop group “Vocal Blue Trains” directed by Alessandro Gerini will perform during the event.