Open Day

The State of the Union 2024 culminated in a public day at the historic Villa Salviati, co-hosted by the Historical Archives of the European Union and FAI. Visitors explored Europe’s rich history in the HAEU vaults and the villa’s stunning grounds. Guided tours, captivating exhibits, and engaging activities capped off SOU2024 in a memorable way.

Programme – 25 May 2024

  • 10:00-18:00
    Audio-video projections of selected items from the HAEU holdings.
  • 10:00-17:00
    Guided visits to the deposits of the HAEU and the villa, gardens, and grotto of Villa Salviati.
    Tours will be led by Apprendisti Ciceroni coordinated by the Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano (FAI – delegazione Firenze) and HAEU archivists (reservation necessary on FAI website-places are limited).
  • 10:00-14:00
    Coffee Point by Hoster Food
  • 10:00-17:00
    Navigating the EU Elections, discover the Voting Advice Application (VAA)
  • 11:30-12:00
    Readings of selected documents from the Archives.
  • 14:00-16:00
    Ice-cream stand by Hoster Food Srl.
  • 15:30-16:00
    Readings of selected documents from the Archives.

Admission is open and free of charge. To participate in guided tours, prior registration is necessary through the FAI website. Registrations will open approximately 4 weeks prior to the event.

Villa Salviati may be accessed by pedestrians through the gates at Via Bolognese 156 and Via Faentina 261.

We highly recommend taking public transport to arrive for the Open Day:

  • Take bus n°25 (Pratolino) and get off at the stop “Il Cionfo 01” on Via Bolognese. Proceed uphill to via Bolognese 156.
  • Take bus n° 1A or n° 21 and get off at the stop “Salviati FS” on Via Faentina.

The gate at Via Faentina 261 is located just before Salviati FS. Visitors with limited mobility or who would have difficulty with the walk up to the villa (c. 800 meters) can board an EUI shuttle van that will depart regularly from Salviati FS.

Visitors with limited mobility arriving by car and in possession of a disabled parking permit may enter at Via Salviati 3b and park at the Villa via an internal road. Entry must be requested so that the porters can raise the access bar on the internal road.

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