From Sept 03-May 04 I studied abroad in Florence and attended the Institute of Fine and Liberal Arts at the Palazzo Rucellai on Via della Vigna Nuova. As far as a tourist attraction I'm not sure there's much to see. The school occupies much of the building, except the top few floors which are, according to a Google search, apartments available for temporary rental. A portion of the family also still lives in the building. The actual remaining palazzo is considerably smaller than what it was. World known Il Latini restaurant is located on the ground floor of what used to be apart of the palazzo. Make sure to stop there. They have two dinner seatings, 7pm and 9pm. They are packed nearly every seatings so be sure to get there early.
There are frescos on the ceilings and original paintings and hardware from the 1700s and earlier. The family's private chapel was personally blessed by the Pope in the 1600s. The building is full of little passage ways connecting rooms to one another making it easier for the help at the time. There is the grand ballroom which on New Years 1987 the family held one of the last great galas where Princess Diana and Prince Charles danced. The ceilings are very tall and the artwork is stunning. The interior courtyard has scaffolding up, some going on 20 years, because the family pays for renovations as it has the funds available.
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