Social Programme

Friday, 17th May

19:15 – 20:30 
Welcome Aperitif

Evening event  at the historic CAFFE’ RIVOIRE in Piazza della Signoria 5/r

At the end of the first day of the Colloquium we will have the pleasure to gather all (Rotary members and accompanying persons) at the historic Caffè Rivoire nestled in Piazza della Signoria, just in front of Palazzo Vecchio.

Enrico Rivoire, supplier of the Royal House of Savoy, was born in Turin and moved to Florence when the city became the Capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1872.
He brought the art of making chocolate and opened his café in the most prestigious square of Florence.

Saturday, 18th May

Ancient greenhouse (Tepidarium) of Botanical Garden
(via Vittorio Emanuele II n. 4 and/or via Bolognese 17)

19:00 – 20:00
Benefit Concert, Italian Youth Orchestra of the School of Music of Fiesole 

20:30 – 23:00
Gala dinner 

Tepidarium of the Horticulture Garden

In 1852, as gardening was becoming a widespread practice and art, the Accademia dei Georgofili created a commission to create a horticultural society in Tuscany, leading to the foundation of the Botanical Garden, also known as the Experimental Garden. It officially opened in 1859, when the commission was given a plot of land outside Porta San Gallo, owned by the Marquis and Marchioness Ludovico GinoriLisci and Marianna Venturi.

After three years of construction, the commission began using the land as an experimental garden, building a dibble for planting vines and tomatoes, as well as other rare and decorative plants and flowers. The garden was completely restructured in 1876 with the aim of being able to hold exhibitions and events in the future.

Please note that the Horticulture Garden  is open to the public until 20:00 – afterwards the access is possible only from the gate in Via Bolognese 17

The Italian Youth Orchestra of the School of Music of Fiesole will perform a concert inside the Tepidarium, the Rotarian Gala Dinner will follow.

19:00 – 20:00
Benefit Concert, Italian Youth Orchestra of the School of Music of Fiesole 


Daniele Dalpiaz, violin I
Zou Wienxiao, violin II
Simona Collu, viola
Maria Salvatori, violoncello


A. Mozart (1756-1791), Quartet for strings in G majornr. 3 K 156 – 14′

  • Presto
  • Adagio
  • Tempo di Minuetto

J. Haydn (1732-1809), Quartet for strings in F majorop. 74 nr. 2 – 24′

  • Allegro spiritoso
  • Andante grazioso
  • Minuetto-Trio
  • Presto

20:30 – 23:00
Gala Dinner