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• Palazzo Davanzati Entrance ticket (no guided tour - only entrance ticket) • Free time to visit the Museum on your own • Helpline with local staff
Discover an ancient typical casa-torre from Florentine Reinassence.
Palazzo Davanzati houses the Museum of the Ancient Florentine House. The palace is a fine example of architecture Florentine residential area of the '300, built in the middle of the century by Davizzi family, wealthy merchants of the' art of Calimala (or merchant), it was later sold in 1516 to the family Bartolini , wealthy members of ' Arte del Cambio , and finally in 1578 to Bernardo Davanzati , equally rich ((merchant)), as well as an important Italian economist, agronomist, scholar and historian. It was he who had the family coat of arms affixed on the facade affixed and also had the Altana (loggia terrace) built on the third floor, instead of the original crenellation typical of medieval tower houses.
The Palace, built by the Davizzi family in the mid-14th century, was later used in 1578 by the Davanzati family (their coat of arms is still visible on the facade) and was under their possession until 1838 when it was divided into several flats and suffered severe damage.
The Palace architectural structure represents a great example of 13th century home built the transition stage from the medieval tower house to the Renaissance building. The original version was decorated with a three-arch loggia, now closed that was once open and used as a shop. A 16th-century room replaces the medieval battlements at the top of the building.
The interior, that also has an underground gallery, has a suggestive courtyard on the ground floor that takes you to the stone and wood stairway with rampant arches leading up to the four upper floors.
All the rooms have floors in Cotto and ceilings in wood, some of which decorated with paintings. The walls of the rooms are decorated with quite popular decorations in Florentine 13th century homes, representing curtains and coat of arms. The most amazing rooms in the structure are the Sala dei Pappagalli (The Parrot Room) and the Bedroom with scenes of the life of the Lady of Vergi.
A very important document in the story of the family and palace is the Genealogical Tree of the Davanzati Family, a work by an anonymous Tuscan painter of the 17th century. Lately was found a rare “wood chest or throne-bed" with inlaid front and headboard, manufactured in the Tuscan-Umbran area during the last quarter of the 15th century. The Museum also displays a very fine and rich collection of lacework ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries and samplers.
Originally home to the Davizzi, a wealthy family of merchants and bankers, this fourteenth-century palazzo and its impressive façade look out over the adjacent piazza, once populated by medieval case-torri (tower houses). palazzo Davanzati is in fact an amalgamation of these case-torri and other properties belonging to the Davizzi, though it takes its name from another family, the Davanzati, who purchased the building in the late sixteenth century.
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