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City of Sarasota

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Florida (U.S.A.)

Description of the territory

Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. It is south of the Tampa Bay Area and north of Fort Myers. Its current official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Sarasota had a population of 52,488 in 2007

These islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches. In 1986 it became designated as a certified local government. Sarasota is a principal city of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the seat of Sarasota County.

In the early 1950s, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art purchased a historic Italian theater, the Asolo (now called the Historic Asolo Theater). A. Everett "Chick" Austin, the museum's first director, arranged the purchase and reassembly of the theater for performances of plays and opera. The theater had been built in 1798 and was disassembled during the 1930s. Adolph Loewi, a Venetian collector and dealer, had purchased the theater and stored its parts until the purchase and shipment to Sarasota for the museum. The theater was rebuilt in a building that extended to the west of the northern wing of the museum, where John Ringling had intended his unrealized art school would be built. The new building, containing the historic theater, was separated from the museum by a small garden that featured statues of dwarfs. In the 1980s, the theater was used by a foreign film club that showed its films on Monday nights. When the club expanded, it built its own theater at Burns Court near Burns Square in downtown Sarasota.

Later a local architect, Stuart Barger, designed and oversaw the construction of another Asolo Theater, housed in the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts. It is a multi-theater complex, located farther east on the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art property, being placed between Bay Shore Road and Tamiami Trail, and facing south toward Ringling Plaza. It was built around a rococo, historic Scottish theater, which had been shipped to Florida. The new complex also provides venues and facilities for students of Florida State University's MFA Acting program, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.



Started in
Accordo di gemellaggio firmato nel Marzo 2007 a Sarasota

Main theme of the Agreement
  • To promote exchange of popular tourist material
  • To foster cultural exchange through promotion of art expositions, cultural events and competitions on different themes
  • Carry out study and exchange of information on the use of the territory aimed at improving the standard of life keeping into consideration the respect for art, architectural, landscape and environmental heritage;
  • To participate in studies and exchanges on the fight against pollution and wastage of natural and Energy resources aimed at protecting the nature;
  • To favour the exchange of information about the most important events taking place in both regions;
  • To favour exchanges of young people, to work together in fields like education, cultural and sport events with the involvement of youth and sport organizations.  

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Director of the Unit

Uberto Di Remigio

Tel: (+39)  0422 656-213


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