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“Hidden Gem”

Museo di Palazzo Davanzati
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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.
Ruthin, United Kingdom
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 1 June 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”
Reviewed 21 May 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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Palmerton, Pennsylvania
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“View into 15th Century Life”
Reviewed 17 May 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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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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“Florence isn't all religious paintings!”
Reviewed 28 April 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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Sydney, Australia
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“preserving a medieval household”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

This "tower house" is unique in Florence: it gives an authentic snapshot of life in a medieval household. It has been furnished with donations from Florentine families (and beyond) and is a welcome variation on the Renaissance theme of the city. Each room is furnished with original chests, tables, pottery and tapestries. The collection of lace (in drawers and cabinets in a side room) is worth the visit alone. The guttering system that provided water for the household is also a small marvel. Be prepared for steep and uneven stairs, even more so than in the later palazzi.

Visited November 2012
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