Graffiti in Digital Posts for who Visit the Florence Monuments

Graffiti are a strong temptation, especially for those tourists who visit cities like Florence. Leaving a signature or a sign in art places or in monuments famous all over the world is a fashion that goes beyond national borders.

In Florence there are many graffiti spread all over the most touristic places and the necessary work to clean the monuments is permanent and very expansive for the city administration.

On of the most famous touristic places in Florence is Giotto's Campanile and this one too is not exempt from the graffiti fashion: for this reason the autorithies decided to launch the project Autography.

Graffiti in Florence Autography is a digital project to leave signature and messages

This totally free service will let the Cathedral and other monuments' visitors leave their signature and messages in digital posts which will be stored forever. These graffiti are not only stored but they are also published on the Opera del Duomo Museum website.

Only after 8 months more then 15.000 digital graffiti have been collected and gathered in a volume which can be freely consulted during the Opera del Duomo museum tour in archive rooms. Autobiography has had a great success and, besides attracting the interest of many tourists visiting the Cathedral, it has also considerably reduced the number of graffiti left inside Giotto's Campanile.

During these 8 months only nine graffiti have been found and promptly removed . This huge result convinced the autorithies to expand the project to the Brunelleschi's Dome which is regularly ruined by its visitors.

On the occasion of the extention of the project, many graffiti will be removed from the Dome hoping that the digital graffiti fashion will substitute the traditional one. The Autobiography initiative organized by the Cathedral of Florence administration could also affect many other art places. Digital graffiti, in fact, are a fashionable and modern method to leave a mark of our passage which everybody will be able to consult anytime and anywhere.

A method which will easily involve the new generations, accostumed to the use of multimedia technology and prone to appreciate spontaneously anything having to do with their presence on the web; an initiative which could have further developments thanks to the continuous evolution of multimedia means of communication.