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Teatro della Pergola

The foundation stone for the Teatro della Pergola was laid in July 1652 on the site where there had been a vegetable garden with a beautiful pergola, thus giving rise to the name of one of the most well-known theatres in Europe and the most beautiful in Firenze.
The Pergola was built to house the Accademia dei Concordi, which then became the Accademia degli Immobili, whose 'patron protector' was Cardinal Giovan Carlo de' Medici.
It was designed by the architect Ferdinando Tacca.

The first version of the theatre was in wood, and it was subsequently reconstructed in stone by Giulio Mannaioni. We owe its current form to Bartolomeo Silvestri (1928) and to Gaetano Baccani (1937), and it was the latter who created the elegant foyer.
The first performance took place as early as 1656, even though the theatre was still incomplete, but it was not officially opened to the public until 1718.

In the second half of the year 2000, the Saloncino which forms part of the theatre complex will be enlarged (to approximately 400 seats), restored, and reopened. It has already been used in recent years for meetings with actors, press conferences, and various other kinds of meetings relating to theatrical activities.

Picture by Teatro della Pergola
Translated by Jeremy Carden

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