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For saying that tourism turned Florence into a “prostitute”, museum director sparks controversy

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For saying that tourism turned Florence into a “prostitute”, museum director sparks controversy

The director of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Cecilie Hollberg, has sparked outrage and calls for her resignation after comparing the city to a “prostitute” due to mass tourism. Hollberg’s comments have been criticized by Italian politicians, including the culture minister and the mayor of Florence, who have voiced their disapproval of her offensive remarks. The controversy has also raised questions about whether foreigners should be allowed to direct Italian museums, as Hollberg’s tenure is set to end in June. Former prime minister and former mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, has confirmed that he will address the matter with the Culture Ministry. Hollberg subsequently retracted her statement, expressing remorse for her choice of words and emphasizing her love for Florence. Italy’s Culture Minister has stated that the Ministry will consider further action, describing Hollberg’s words as “serious and offensive.” The vice mayor of Florence, Alessia Bettini, has condemned Hollberg’s comments as “delusional” and “the most serious offense ever heard from a person who plays such an important institutional role.” The incident has sparked a debate regarding the impact of tourism on the historic city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination.

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