Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi (37)

The Palazzo Strozzi is most impressive, even if only for its size. This is the largest of the more than 100 palaces built in Florence during the 15th century. Specifically, the promoter, Filippo Strozzi, had to buy a total of 15 properties to house the building you see today.

The palace was designed by Benedetto da Maiano, who began construction in 1489. However, the palazzo was not completed until 1536, overseen by the architect Simone del Pollaiuolo, known as Il Cronaca (The Chronicle). Unfortunately, Strozzi died just two years after construction had begun and never saw the final result.

Visitors should pay attention to the wrought iron torch, lantern and standard holders that decorate the façade. These are the work of Nicola Grosso, a famous craftsman at the time, and were almost immediately hailed the most beautiful ornaments in the city.

You will notice that the building has three levels and is topped by a Roman-inspired crown. The palace is structured around an inner courtyard where Roman and Renaissance architectural styles combine. Visitors may notice the rather pitiful fire escape that was installed here, which somehow ruins the overall design.

On the left side you will find a small museum dedicated to the history of the palace and which features the original model of Benedetto da Maiano and some of the parts that were used in the original construction. On the right side you will find the Gabinetto Vieusseux public library, where historians and writers from all over the world come to meet.

In addition, it is worth noting that the palace is currently also used for fashion shows and exhibitions.   

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