The courtyards of the most beautiful buildings in Florence
Amazing gems hidden behind locked doors
Florence is a city that seems to have no gardens. Centuries ago, the city walls were constantly extended to make room for more buildings and workshops. And so, green spaces were recreated in the courtyards of the wealthy and aristocrats.
They were not exactly gardens in the ancient meaning of the word,
but they were always designed to feature a fountain in the middle- like at Palazzo Vecchio and the nearby Palazzo Gondi
or to be evocative of floral and tropical motifs, such as at Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni and Palazzo Ximenes, whose courtyard is filled with statues and its sight is so exciting for those who walk into it.
Not to mention the monumental courtyard of Palazzo Corsini, overlooking the Arno river, or the Bargello’s courtyard decorated with dozens of coats of arms.
A tour of the courtyards of Florence’s most beautiful buildings is an excellent and uncommon way to explore the city. They represent a heritage of beauty and art and come in many different styles.
Many were the aristocratic families, each with a different history, and many and different are their courtyards, designed for everyday use and a model for subsequent constructions, such and Istituto degli Innocenti. Its two courtyards are the first in the history of architecture which divided the world into two realms, one for men and one for women.
Today, these courtyards are hidden works of art, to be looked at with new eyes every time.
We will guide you on the tour along the Arno river and its centuries-old history. Without every forgetting that splendor resides in every home.