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Electress of the Palatinate: Story of a Pact for Florence

Everyone who comes to visit Florence and its historical and artistic beauty should thank the Electress of the Palatinate, Anna Maria Luisa de ‘Medici.

Let’s find out her story, an example of civic sense, that still remains alive among the Florentine citizens, and not only.

Her name is linked in particular to the famous Family Pact in which it is stipulated that the successor, Francis Stephen of Lorraine, could not carry outside the borders of Florence and Tuscan State the art collections of the Medici family – “Galleries , Paintings, statues, libraries, jewels and other precious things “- so they could remain forever at the Grand Ducal State ornament and available to the citizens of Florence and curious foreigners.

In this way the Palatine Electress broke the old tradition which provided that the successor would inherit the art collections.

Her tomb is located inside the complex of the Church of San Lorenzo, in the Medici Chapels, the burial casket of the illustrious Family decorated by the great masters of the Renaissance. Even today, every 18 February, the day of her death, the City of Florence celebrates the Electress of the Palatinate with a procession through the historic streets of the city to lay a tribute on the tomb: Yellow flowers her the favorite color.

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