Palazzo Strozzi, when size is a symbol of power
Right next to our hotel Florence centre stands the imposing Palazzo Strozzi, a masterpiece of Florentine renaissance art and architecture, expression of the greatness of a family that enriched it with commitment and work, and managed to keep up with the city’s lords, the Medici.
It was precisely because of this historic rivalry that Filippo Strozzi, whose tower guestroom is the pride of our Florence luxury hotel, decided to start such a colossal project that would see the construction of a real palace, with a similar structure to that of the Medici but larger.
By purchasing and then demolishing 15 surrounding buildings he was able to create space for this historic home that extends over three floors with a quadrangular base, and an internal atrium. The first floor has rectangular windows and the others two rows of elegant lancet windows, embellished with stringcourse toothed cornices.
The construction of a such a bastion lasted from 1489 to 1538, although it was redefined in the centuries that followed, as happened with the ‘panca di via’ added in 1864 with the multiple function of protecting the Palazzo from passing carriages and the like, to give citizens a resting place and as a waiting place for the ‘protected’ who came for an assignment or a gift, all to raise the prestige of the family.
Today the Palazzo Strozzi is state property and is home to the G.P. Vieusseux Cabinet, the Institute of renaissance Studies and Humanistic Studies, which work to support research in culture, offering grants and support to Italian universities.
For many years the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi has taken care of holding important and interesting artistic exhibitions within the palazzo, offering a rich programme which is always varied and attractive. This can be enjoyed in the utmost splendour and luxury whilst staying in our wellness hotel Florence, among regal 5 star environments, high quality services and treatments of pure pleasure in our Health & Beauty Centre, to experience Florence in all its magnificence.