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“Do not miss this!” 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 #45 of 415 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Do not miss this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

It's sometimes hard to get a feel of what the great palaces of the renaissance were like when occupied. This museum of domestic interiors lets you find out. It's a mix of restored rooms and museum pieces in a wonderful old Palazzo. If you can only go inside one museum in Firenze, go here - you'll learn more than in the Ufizzi. Beware though, the opening times are erratic in the extreme - check them out as soon as you arrive to make sure you don't miss it

Visited May 2013
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This museum wasn't given much time in our guide book but I would advise all visitors to Florence to take the time to go. The palazzo is like walking into a renaissance home and helps you to imagine what it would have been like to live in Florence all those years ago. The ground floor and first floor can be looked around at anytime and the floors above can be viewed at 10, 11 or 12 if you leave your name with the staff. There are information cards in English in each room to help you understand what you are looking at. The cost is very low (2 euros for adults, 1 euro for children) and the insight it provides is invaluable. Check opening times before you go, I think it closed at about 1.30pm and I don't think it was open on a Monday.

Visited May 2013
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“Expertly Restored Middle-Ages Townhouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The Palazzo Davanzati provides visitors with the opportunity to imagine what domestic life would have been like for a wealthy Florentine family in the late middle-ages. This is not a palace but a handsome residence nevertheless. Restored to pristine condition, the first floor rooms are rich in detail from the carved ceiling beams to the walls painted to resemble fabric hangings with faux windows to a well tended garden. The three rooms on the first floor are well worth the 2 Euro admission. However, the upper storeys can only be visited at 11.00am and 1.00pm as part of a guided tour. The Palazzo is closed in the afternoon.

Visited April 2013
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“View into 15th Century Life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We really enjoyed seeing how the (rich) people lived at that time. I wish more of it had been open to us (we did not have time to sign up for a guided tour) but on our Firenze card it was well worth a stop in. Good info cards available so that we knew what we were looking at, nice collection of furniture and furnishings. We also enjoyed the old guest book on display, looking at signatures from visitors many decades ago.

Visited May 2013
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“Florence isn't all religious paintings!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Between the Piazza Signora and the Ponte Vecchio is this amazing domestic survivor of 15th century living. 4 stories imaginatively funrnished. It was completed after the 1423 ordinance banning the emptying of 'night soil' into the city street - the answer toilets and en-suite bathrooms on every floor! Staff shortages mean only limited opening of the upper 2 floors. Don't miss the murder holes in the entrance hall ceiling to shoot down on interlopers from the first floor.

Like almost everywhere else in Florence free entry for the over 65s on presentation of EC passport - don't waste money on the Florence card!

Visited April 2013
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