» Historical Residences
|An itinerary dedicated to the historical residences of Florence, to understand the development of architecture and the connections between ways of life in buildings ranging from medieval towers to Renaissance palaces.|
We start with a visit to the incredible medieval Davanzati house-tower - known as the Museum of the Ancient Florentine House - that first belonged to the Davizzis, who were merchants and bankers, and then in 1578 passed to the Davanzatis.
We continue with a visit to the courtyard and exterior of Palazzo Strozzi, which required the destruction of fifteen other residences in order for it to be built! It is the best example of a Renaissance residence, a masterpiece of civil Florentine architecture which was erected through the determination of Filippo Strozzi, a rich merchant whose family were traditional rivals of the Medicis and their grand residence.
We then embark on a the visit to the Medici (then Riccardi) palace by Michelozzo, first residence of the famous family and first example of civil architecture in the Renaissance period. It is located in a strategic crossroads, between Cavour and de' Gori streets, very close to the San Lorenzo, San Marco and Santa Maria del Fiore churches, all protected by the Medicis; for this reason we talk about the "Medici district".