Florence – October 30 marks the 80th anniversary of the Santa Maria Novella train station, the main hub of transportation in Florence. This occasion presents an opportunity to celebrate twentieth century Italian architecture as well as the station’s cultural impact on Florence. A conference, celebrating 80 years of the train station, will be held on October 30. The conference will open with a welcome ceremony and will include lectures from prominent professors.
The main event of the conference will be “Talk to You|All!,” a choreographed performance between four dancers and one public passenger. The dancers cross paths with the passenger and have a conversation using nonverbal gestures. The performance will be between 4 and 6 p.m. on October 30 in the train station.
The Santa Maria Novella station was inaugurated in 1935 after “Gruppo toscano” won a competition in 1932 to design the building. Their design’s strong take on modernity ultimately won “Gruppo toscano” the honor of designing the building that now comes in contact and communcates with the architecture of Santa Maria Novella, the surrounding urban landscape and the people who live and pass through the station on a daily basis.
While the train station is not what usually draws tourists to Florence, it might be worth a second look next time you’re rushing through to catch a train. The Santa Maria Novella station is a celebrated work in national and international architecture and a monument to twentieth century Italian architecture.