On June 24th, during the celebrations of San Giovanni, Patron Saint of Florence, Mayor Dario Nardella paid tribute to Giusto Manetti Battiloro SPA by awarding the company the Fiorino d’oro. It’s the highest honour of the city where Giusto Manetti Battiloro was founded and still has its headquarters. Upon the recommendation of Florence’s First Citizen, the award was presented to the company’s new President, Dr. Angelica Manetti, for the high symbolic value of her role as a woman entrepreneur and as a sign of rebirth after the pandemic. In the long and centuries-old history of Giusto Manetti Battiloro, Dr. Angelica Manetti is the first woman to take on the role of President.
When explaining the reasons for awarding this honour, the City of Florence stressed the importance of the Manetti family traditions, handed down for fifteen generations. It has been a symbol of Florentine craftsmanship around the world since the time of the Medici family. The Mayor’s note explains that the Fiorino d’oro is also an acknowledgement of the entrepreneurial abilities of Giusto Manetti Battiloro, and the value of its brand. In 2020 the company celebrated 200 years since the transition from family workshop to a true organisation. Since 1820 the company has brought together, in an extraordinary way, “technology, innovation, and love for our work and craftsmanship, producing gold leaf that shines in every corner of the world on the most important monuments.”
Upon receiving the award, Dr. Angelica Manetti wanted to thank all the extraordinary craftsmen who have worked alongside her family since the 1600s, and to share how proud she is of all the people who, thanks to their work, have all contributed to the history and heritage of the ancient craft of goldbeating.
The Fiorino d’oro is awarded every year by the Municipality of Florence to people, companies and associations that are chosen as examples of excellence in civic, social, philanthropic, cultural and sports activities. Public commendation is awarded to persons of proven integrity who have added a touch of brilliance to the city and who have served their the community. “The Fiorino d’oro is a “grazie” to people who are committed to Florence,” explained Mayor Dario Nardella. “It is a way of showing gratitude for the people and the organisations that receive it, stimulating them to do more and more and to represent Florence well, so that our present and our future may live up to our past.”