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“Lots of Artefacts Arranged in the Lavishly-Decorated Household Environment of a Genuine Merchant's House” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museo di Palazzo Davanzati

Museo di Palazzo Davanzati
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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.
London, UK
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“Lots of Artefacts Arranged in the Lavishly-Decorated Household Environment of a Genuine Merchant's House”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

The Museum of Palazzo Davanzati is my joint '12th place' attraction in Florence, of those I visited - it is one of those few I have grouped together in my 'unpopularity' list, due to them being disappointing and not provoking any great interest from me....

That is not to say these isn't much here that would not be of interest to others - so do read on...

The museum is housed in quite a merchant's house located on the a small road about half way between Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. The frontage is quite bland and inside can be a bit dingy, but there is a lot to see.

I am compiling an extensive Trip Advisor 'Trip List' for my recent 6 full-day visit to see the sights of Florence. Please feel free to access it via my TA Profile - I hope it is of interest and use to you and I hope all of my individual reviews/photos get posted properly as I know from past experience that the Trip Advisor submission process sometimes, incorrectly, 'blocks' them despite me being a so-called 'Senior Contributor'.....

Just before covering my personal views of the museum, please note that as official information sources can change and the Internet links at the top of each attraction webpage on Trip Advisor can be wrong (or even absent !) I deal with visitor information/ticketing etc in the dedicated section for the attraction in my TA Trip List. This is because I have sole-control over that, can add Internet links and can edit/update it with ease to reflect changes (reviews cannot be amended after they're posted). It might also contain photos/video links if they fail to get posted with this review or on this webpage....

The entrance fee is a relatively low EU2, so not perhaps the 'visit gamble' other attractions are and it makes it a more viable off-chance visit.

The house is not too large in floor area, but occupies a lot of space as it is a very tall building - all the floors have decorated rooms which also contain things to look at. To that end, a suggestion I have is to take the lift to the top then work your way downward - more pertinent if, like me, you've just climbed either of the tall attractions of Duomo !

As well as the wall decorations to look at, the range of artefacts is quite extensive - covering sculptures, furniture, paintings, ceramics, lace and embroidered items; the bedrooms are also furnished to reflect their 'period'.

Unfortunately, I found little of interest but I think there are definitely some who will - so I suggest you either go or explore the official website 'Virtual Tour' (covered in my Trip List 'Visitor Information' section for the museum) to get a better idea of what is on show and decide if it might be of interest....

I think that those attracted to this museum could spend up to 2 hours wandering around and perusing the artefacts/rooms.

Visited February 2012
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“What a find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

I had never even heard of this place, but we went as part of a tour. The palazzo is still set up as it was "back in the day". Very interesting details - including the holes through which things could be thrown at passers by.... picture a hole in the floor that leads to the street.

Instead of wall paper, frescoes on the walls - huge dining areas and, of course, many steps up, up and up.

I wouldn't say this is a must see, but a very pleasant surprise if you are looking for the road less traveled.

Visited April 2012
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Rowayton
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“Was told it is the first Palazzo In Florence”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

Beautifully kept Palazzo with many period furnishings. If you don't have a guide explain things to you will miss some of the neat things inside. For example in one bedroom there is a decorated box which was heated and people would sleep inside that during the winter, they have a very very old safe that had a secret safe inside, and one of the first indoor bathrooms. Also, the room directly over the loggia , has trap doors for the keepers to dump scalding liquids on intruders. One of those place that has many stories and a long history.

Visited November 2011
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Dublin
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“Different side of Florence's history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2012

Worth a visit to see a different side of Florence's history, outside of the opulence of the Renaissance and the Medici family

Visited July 2011
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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“Interesting and a bargain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

at 2 Euros you can't get a better museum. This is great to see what medieval wealthy homes were like - complete with murder holes. Intersting history.

Visited March 2012
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