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Branch of the Hermitage. Ferrara, Mantua and Verona?

May 5 2006

For the right to host a branch of the State Hermitage compete three Italian cities - Ferrara, Mantua and Verona. Now director of the world famous St. Petersburg museum, Mikhail Piotrovsky commit to him the study tour.

Purpose of trip: to negotiate with local authorities, public and business community about the conditions that three cities are ready to provide the Hermitage to house the center, which will be temporarily exhibited works from his collection.

Mantua, in particular, offers accommodation in the Palazzo Podesta branch of the XIII century in the historic center. Its restoration will only be completed in four years, and at that time the city offers the premises of the International Center for the Arts and Culture Palazzo Te. Russian-Italian charity fund, which will finance projects Hermitage, planned to create with the assistance of the authorities and business circles of Mantua.

"We got very specific adaptations, we hope that the outcome of these negotiations will be the creation of the Hermitage Centre in Italy," - said Michael Piotrowski in an interview published by Italian media. "Mantua has done much to promote this project - he added - but we will decide only after some time."

Their centers in London, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Las Vegas already has the largest museum of Russia, informs

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