At the Santa Croce Complex, presenting ‘Santa Croce in Pink’

Opera Santa Croce

The spiritual traditions of 13th-century Florence began at Santa Croce. Today, they’re discovering their ‘pink’ side. Our partnership with Opera Santa Croce began with the restoration of De Fauveau’s monumental statue in the complex’s loggia. Our collaboration continued as we set out to discover the ‘pink side of Santa Croce’ thanks to the Project ‘Santa Croce in Pink’ which included a book by the same name and a specialized tour. The tour still runs at Santa Croce and features Pietro Freccia’s marble bust dedicated to eighteenth-century portraitist Ida Botti Scifoni, who was the protégé and interior decorator for Mathilde Demidoff and Russian magnate Anatoly Demidoff. Fortunata Sulgher Fantastici—one of Italy’s most celebrated improvisational poets—is also buried in the Gallery of Funeral Monuments. While one of the gallery’s most dramatic works includes Luigi Pampaloni’s tribute to famed opera star Virginia de Blasis. Florence Nightingale and Charlotte Bonaparte are other ladies who have tributes at Santa Croce.