3 Via Camillo Cavour, Florence, Italy
055 276 0340
Palazzo Medici Florence Reviews
Great patronage Oct 14, 2010
Built in the fifteenth century for the powerful Medici family, this palace is a wonderful insight into the grandeur and lifestyle experienced by the Florentine banking elite of the time. The exterior of the building is rather plain and looks like some boring government building or even some old jail! Step inside however, and things get a lot grander.
The rooms are wonderfully laid out as you would expect, full of ornate and high quality furniture which you find hard to imagine that anyone would have sat on. The chapel inside the palace is very nice, a wonderful place of solace and reflection. The courtyard is nicely decorated and the gardens nearby reminded me of the Alhambra a little bit! Towards the end of the tour, there is this wonderful painting by Lippi of Madonna holding this monstrously huge Christ. It was Cosimo de Medici’s favourite!
Entrance fee is around 5-10 Euros and the museum is closed on Mondays. Whether you like it or not, Florence owes so much to the Medici banking family. Therefore, visiting here is the equivalent of paying respect to the greatest of Florence’s art patrons.
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