One hundred years after his death, the city still preserves a collection of particularly evocative sites associated with Bardini’s name. It begins on the left bank of the Arno, just beyond Ponte alle Grazie, ascending the Montecucco (or Montecuccoli) hill, and culminates with the incredible Torre del Gallo castle—exquisite and wondrous testimonies to his refined taste for art and beauty. On the occasion of the centenary, these places were symbolically united through a program of special walks. Through collaboration between the Municipality of Florence, the Mozzi Bardini Gallery and Museum (Regional Directorate of Museums of Tuscany), and the CR Firenze Foundation, along with the support of MUS.E, the Bardini Walks commenced on Saturday, April 23. These walks provided an opportunity to discover the marvels of the locations owned and inhabited by the antiquarian, which housed a wealth of artistic and natural masterpieces.
In the year commemorating the centenary of the death of Stefano Bardini, the prince of antiquarians, the City of Florence, MUS.E, the Regional Museums Directorate of Tuscany, and Fondazione CR Firenze presented an extraordinary walking tour. The journey commenced at the Bardini Garden, a breathtaking viewpoint overlooking the city of Florence, where Bardini himself delighted in entertaining his international clients. The itinerary continued with Palazzo Mozzi Bardini, a medieval building transformed by the antiquarian into an extraordinary artistic workshop—a laboratory for restoration, storage, and exhibition of his works, currently owned by the State and exceptionally accessible to the public. The tour concluded with a visit to the Stefano Bardini Museum, once his refined store, which he donated to the city of Florence—a veritable treasure trove of diverse masterpieces. This walk allowed visitors to retrace the significant stages of Bardini’s ascent and relive the enchantment of his antiquarian dream, interwoven with art, nature, and the surrounding landscape.