QWED delegation arrived in Florence on the evening of March 28th. Florence is a beautiful city with a rich cultural and historical heritage. One of the curiosities we learned during our stay was that Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to many great artists, writers, and thinkers of that period. We were excited to be in this beautiful city and to attend the EuCAP 2023 Conference. On the morning of March 29th, we made our way to the Firenze Fiera - Fortezza da Basso, where the EuCAP 2023 Conference was being held. The Fortezza da Basso is a historical fortress built in the 16th century by the famous architect Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. The fortress was designed to be a defense system for the city of Florence, and it has since been repurposed as a Congress and Exhibition Centre.
During our visit, we learned that the Fortezza da Basso has a rich history, having been used for various purposes over the years. For instance, during World War II, the fortress was used as a storage facility for works of art that had been evacuated from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. It was fascinating to learn about the many uses of this historical site and how it has been preserved over the years.