The History

The Foundation Barsanti and Matteucci was founded thanks to the initiative and impulse of the Rotary Club of Lucca, which established a commission in 2000 to verify its feasibility. On the 4th of June the Barsanti and Matteucci foundation was formally founded thanks to the support of various corporations and holding the superb work and results attained by the Committee in Honor of Barsanti and Matteucci in consideration. The official founding was postponed after said Committee concluded its period of activity that went from June 2002 to June 2003. the date was specifically chosen because it gave continuity to the work initiated by the committee which terminated its active period with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the invention of the Internal Combustion Engine.


The Founding Members of the Foundation are:

• Rotary Club di Lucca (Fondatore Promotore)
• Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
• Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca
• Camera di Commercio di Lucca
• Associazione Industriali della Provincia di Lucca
• A.C.I. Lucca

They have joined as Participating Members:
• Confartigianato Lucca
• Confcommercio Lucca
• Rotary Club di Volterra
• INA Assitalia – Agenzia di Lucca
• Lucar S.p.a. concessionario BMW Lucca
• Università degli Studi di Firenze
• Università degli Studi di Pisa
Foundation Institutional Participants
• Provincia di Lucca
• Comune di Capannori
• Comune di Lucca

Currently they are part of the foundation
Founding Members:
• Rotary Club di Lucca
• Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
• Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca
• Camera di commercio di Lucca
• Confindustria Toscana Nord
• A.C.I. Lucca
They join as Participating Members:
• Rotary Club di Viareggio
• Lucar S.p.A. concessionaria Lucca
• Università degli Studi di Pisa
They adhere as Institutional Members:
• Comune di Lucca
• Comune di Volterra

The Barsanti and Matteucci Foundation’s function is not only to make the work of the two scientists of Lucca better known and to establish the priority of their invention of the Internal combustion engine at a world level, but also to encourage research in metal mechanics, electro-mechanics, electronics and any other industrial sector.
Promoting human inventiveness is another serious consideration which was held in consideration when the statute was drawn up. The Foundation also exists to aid people with worthwhile ideas, without financial means and necessitating aid for patenting, promoting and placing their project.