In the ultra-artistic neighborhood of San Frediano, culture lovers can revel with a visit to the the Galleria Romanelli, a sculpture studio that has been around for more than 200 years.
The dynamic space has its roots as the studio of the famed sculptor, Lorenzo Bartolini, whose biggest patron was none other than Napoleon Bonaparte himself. To set up his headquarters, the renowned artist purchased a small Renaissance church and converted it into his work space, taking advantage of the high ceilings to facilitate the creation of pieces destined for monuments across Europe. After Bartolini's death, his pupil Pasquale Romanelli took over and thus handed down the artistic tradition (and the studio itself) for generations.
Under the supervision of the fifth generation Romanelli brothers, the gallery is open on a weekly basis and free of charge, allowing visitors to admire not only the sumptuous historical works on display, but also others that have been recently commissioned, and others for sale. The range of the pieces on display are broad - from bronze casts, to marble busts, to intricate bas-relief studies meant for monuments.
The Romanelli brothers also have a dedicated workshop area in the back of the gallery, where people interested in learning sculpture can partake in group or individual lessons... A great idea even for a family visiting Florence for a few days.
Studio Galleria Romanelli, Borgo San Frediano 70. Tel. 055-2396047