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Giovanna Bossi Rosenfeld: biographical note

Born in Florence where she got Architectural degree on History of Florentine architecture at University of Florence (1986 'Laurea' Magna cum Laude and publication). She is a former freelance architect of architecture restoration and a researcher of Florence history. She received the license of Tourist Guide in Florence in 1998.

History is a great passion for her, especially history of Jewish people in Florence and Tuscany. As a tourist guide and former official guide in the Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Florence she focuses her activity on designing and guiding Jewish itineraries in Florence and Tuscany. She currently collaborates with the Jewish Community of Florence and she has very good connections with all Jewish Communities of Tuscany (Livorno, Pisa, Siena and Pitigliano). She is member of the association "Friends of the Jewish Museum of Florence" and of "La Piccola Gerusalemme" (Little Jerusalem) di Pitigliano.

She is studying Hebrew and regularly visits Israel, where she has Israeli tour guide friends with whom she exchanges her professional experience.

As a professional architect her special expertise lies in the restoration of historically valuable buildings and the survey of historical monuments, such as Palazzo Medici and Palazzo Strozzi.

She continues to deal in architecture and design field teaching Interior Design in an American university level institute in Florence (Studio Art Centers International, since 1987).

After the terrorist outrage in the Uffizi area of May 1993 she leaded a group of architects of Board of Architects of Florence for the surveying and reconstruction project of one of the building of the Uffizi Gallery, for the Ministry of Public Works.

As a freelance researcher she published several works about the history of Florence in the XIX century, focusing on Jewish history and on the life of the many foreigner communities in town. In addition, she is a lecturer on this subject in Florentine institutions.