Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella visited Manhattan in early March, 2015 to encourage investment in Florence through real estate and tourism ventures. The Florentine team presented a new regulation plan which permits investments up to 1.5 billion euros. This follows the private investments of London-based Tod’s contribution to the renovation of Rome’s Colosseum and Fendi financing the restoration of the Trevi Fountain.
“We decided to come here in New York to promote the culture and economic opportunity investment for our city, but I believe in a new friendship between New York and Florence, based on the history, and on culture.” said Mayor Nardella at a meeting with Mayor de Blasio.
“We share a lot of the same views of the world, and a lot of the same issues that are the focus of our work.” said Mayor de Blasio.
Both New York and Florence have a bridge named after Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano – which Mayor Nardella proclaimed a “symbol of our link and friendship.”
The Florentine mayor also visited Jeff Koons’ studio and the new Lorenzo Da Ponte Library. Mayor Nardella met with Peter Madonia, the vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, delegates of the Columbus Citizens Foundation.