Palazzo Tornabuoni Renaissance Beauty
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Palazzo Tornabuoni dates back to the 15th century. Between 1466 and 1469, Giovanni Battista di Francesco Tornabuoni commissioned Renaissance architects to design and enlarge his family ancestral home to create Palazzo Tornabuoni.
For centuries the Palazzo has been renowned for its grandeur, architecture, frescos, statuary and its illustrious residents. The influential Tornabuoni and Corsi families, Pope Leo XI and the Medici, one of the most powerful families in the history of Europe, called Palazzo Tornabuoni home.
The Palace’s restoration team has woven five centuries of magnificent decorative elements into a tapestry of contemporary style and grace. The result is a seamless blend of ancient frescoes, marble floors and stone fireplaces with custom-made furniture, advanced entertainment systems, and civilized comforts.
Five centuries of culture
The interests of those who owned the Palazzo went beyond the fine arts. In 1561, Jacopo Corsi commissioned musician Jacopo Peri and poet Ottavio Rinuccini to write and perform what was to become the world’s first opera. Dafne was performed for a private audience in the Palazzo’s Sala delle Muse for noblemen, “foreigners,” and even the Grand Duke Ferdinando I.
Often referred to as the “Albergo delle Muse” (hotel of the muses), the Palazzo was a favourite meeting point for many of the greatest poets and musicians through history, including Monteverdi, Tasso, Rinuccini, Marino and Galileo.