Palazzo Davanzati-last example of a medieval house

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  1. Palazzo Davanzati was built by the Davizzi family in the 14th century. Then Bernardo Davanzati who was a successful merchant and scholar, took on the property in 1578. It remained a family home until the end of the 19th century when a wealthy antique dealer Elia Volpi bought it in 1904. He restored and remade the palazzo into what it once was. Skilled artisans assisted him in remastering the palazzo into how a typical Florentine nobleman’s home looked like. Palazzo Davanzati also known as, Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica, was opened by Volpi in 1910 to show foreigners how people lived in a nobleman’s house back in the day. The antiques were then sold in an open auction in New York where most of the pieces were sold to Americans. The Italian state bought back the museum in 1951 and did a major renovation in 1995 because it was said that the building was collapsing slowly.
    The interior courtyard has heads on one of the capitals which portray the members of the Davizzi family. From its architecture to its contemporary wall-paintings it is a perfect example of 14th century decorations. The most important room in the palazzo is the Sala del Pappagallo (Room of the Parrots) which has wall paintings designed to look like patchwork wall-hangings, with motifs of parrots painted. These paintings have been restored and so may not look like the original frescoes. A large fireplace dominates the room as well. The rooms are decorated with Renaissance furniture, paintings and sculptures.
    Go and visit Palazzo Davanzati when you arrive in Florence. It is a must see! It is only €2.00 to enter.
    Palazzo Davanzati is open from Monday to Sunday, 8.15-13.50. The museum is closed on the second and fourth Sundays of the month and the first, third and fifth Mondays of the month. It costs
    Access to the second floor (Salone Madornale, Camera da letto della Castellana di Vergy, Studiolo, Sala da Pranzo) and the third floor (Kitchen and Camera delle impannate) is organzed for accompanied group visits, on request and by appointment, at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00.
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    Palazzo Davanzati, Via Porta Rossa
    Photo credit: Florence Guide


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