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“The Real Renaissance” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo di Palazzo Davanzati

Museo di Palazzo Davanzati
Via Porta Rossa, 13, Florence, Italy
+39 0552388610
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Ranked #22 of 215 Attractions in Florence
Type: Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This ancient palazzo is layered with history, starting from the Middle Ages. It gives a fascinating and valuable look into a typical wealthy home of the Medieval to Renaissance era, complete with frescoes and period furniture.
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“The Real Renaissance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Pop back in time and see a lived in Early Renaissance palace. It has furniture and objects, and most of the rooms are made to show how they were lived in before. The best part is the fantastic grafitti on the interior walls which is just as historic as the home!

Visited September 2012
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“Florence's best kept secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

A friend recommended we see this.....so glad she did! This will show you how the wealthier people lived back in the C14th

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“Give it a chance, to feel being in medieval time..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

I think visiting this palazzo was my best movement during my trip in Florence. In this city is very easy to fill up with art, saying no more!! Then you have to visit this pallazzo, to "peep" through life in these old centuries..
I had a guided tour there (because I wanted to see all the floors) and it was a private one, we were just the two of us and the guide, who told us so many interesting things about pallazzo, the rooms, the habitants, for Florence generally, for life during these centuries.
If you like to see something different than paintings, frescoes and graves of pompeous people, visit this gem. You will have a great time there!!

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“Historically Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The Davanzati Palace has been preserved and restored in such a way that you can see how a well-to-do family lived in late-medieval 14th century Florence. When we visited the first three floors were open (the fourth floor, with kitchen, was closed). In contrast to the other palazzos, the Davanzati Palace is much more personal. You can step into the bathrooms, and make your way through small passageways connecting rooms. Looking out the windows to the streets below, you understand how the Davanzati's felt safe in their tower. The furnished bedroom, with a fresco on virtue and chastity (taken from a tale on day three of The Decameron), is a highlight of the home. Each room has an card describing (in English) the room and its contents.
Be aware that the Davanzati Palace closes early each day, so visit it first or just before lunch; also, entry is included in the Firenze Card.

Visited September 2012
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“Wow! The best view into what is was lie to live in ancient Florence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Was free but now is 2€ which was WELL worth it. Be sure to go early and ask about access to the "kitchen" this is a free AddOn they do a couple times a day and is icing on the cake. You really get a sense of how the well to do merchant class lived and the rooms, ceilings, and frescoes are great.

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