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A Florentine story, on the trail of the Islamic Near East

Florence and Islamic culture.

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The press release from the Laboratori San Gallo website:

A Florentine story: on the trail of the Islamic Near East

Also this year we will be at TourismA, the great kermesse of archeology and tourism, with important news!

The event, which will take place from 22 to 24 February at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, by now it is confirmed, both judging by the list of exhibitors and by reading the dense program of events, which one unmissable appointment for meeting, discussion and reflection between the world of professional archeology and its public.

we at Archaeological Laboratories St. Gallen we will participate, for the fourth consecutive year, with our stand: a small showcase entrusted with the task of making known the archaeological and cultural services we offer. #voyage #discovery and #orient will be the watchwords of this new edition for us.

In fact, this year there is one surprise in addition: we are pleased to present, in the splendid setting of TourismA, our first editorial product: Florence and Islamic culture. An essential guide.

Il project, curated by San Gallo Archaeological Laboratories, was created with the contribution of Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization for the Florentine publisher All’Insegna del Giglio and had the scientific supervision of an expert in the field, the professor John Curatola, of the University of Udine, and of the professor Guido Vannini, professor of Medieval Archeology at the University of Florence and director of the “Petra Medievale” Archaeological Mission.

The idea of ​​this guide, that offers the traveler or the curious Florentine on an unusual and "thematic" walk around Florence, began to take shape during the design of the international exhibition From Petra to Shawbak, archeology of a frontier, held in the Limonaia of Palazzo Pitti in 2009. In fact, some "Florentine quotes", that is, references that, starting from specific artefacts present in the exhibition, led to the discovery of part of that heritage produced by medieval and Renaissance Islamic culture preserved in the museums of the city.

long tradition of political and cultural exchanges with the Islamic East (as the recent exhibition has well illustrated Islam and Florence ended last September) has brought to Florence since the Middle Ages artifacts of exceptional value, as well as influenced some of the most important local productions (fabrics, ceramics ...), enriching not only the museum collections of the city but also leaving many and significant traces in the works of art spread in its historic center.

Florence and Islamic culture. An essential guide draws in its substantial lines the history of these exchanges and cultural influences, through some of the main works of art still visible in the city. It also tells the story of the collections and collectors, from the Medici to the twentieth century, which best represent the origins, motivations and evolutions of taste for the Islamic East. Finally, there are some suggestions for traveling independently an extra-museum itinerary to explore, in the light of this information, the historic center of Florence, also thanks to a simple one thematic map.

The guide is now published in Italian, e will be on sale at TourismA, while in the next few months we will publish the version in English, dedicated to tourists who are not "hit and run", and in Arabic, dedicated, why not, also to new citizens who want to know some history ... shared!

We are therefore waiting for you on Sunday 24 February in Room 4, at 16:30 pm for the event "A Florentine story: on the trail of the Islamic Near East" (, here the link to the Facebook event and here to the TourismA website).

Clare Marcotulli


Alberto (Angela) who? We look forward to seeing you this afternoon at # tourismA2019 to present our guide… There will also be the signature copies! ???

Placed by Archaeological Laboratories St. Gallen op Zondag 24 February 2019

Placed by Archaeological Laboratories St. Gallen op Maandag February 25 2019

Placed by Archaeological Laboratories St. Gallen op Maandag February 25 2019