CategoryDecorative Arts, Fine Arts, Historic House
TipThe museum closes at 13:50, so plan your visit for the morning and pre-book the guided visit of the top floors
The Palazzo Davanzati Museum in Florence (Museo di Palazzo Davanzati) is a mediaeval mansion where you can experience how wealthy merchants and bankers used to live in Florence during the time of the Renaissance. It is one of the few to have survived the demolitions carried out in Florence at the end of the 19th century.
The house stems from the mid-14th century and is a conversion of three tower-houses and a number of other properties that belonged to the Davizzi family, the founders of this grand house. Its current name comes from the Davanzati family, who bought the house in 1578 and enriched the façade with a large coat of arms.
In 1956 the State purchased the historic house and opened it to the public. The original atmosphere of a mediaeval mansion was restored and the rooms were decorated with furnishings and objects from the repositories of the Florentine galleries.
The ground floor of Palazzo Davanzati holds mostly spaces for public entertaining, and can be visited freely. The top floors have a more private character with multiple bedrooms and the kitchen on the upper floor. These floors can be visited only with a guided tour, which can be booked at the entrance of the museum or before by writing an email to [email protected] Tours start at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00.