Palazzo Larderel Via Tornabuoni in the center of Florence

January 19, 2018  |  Culture and Art, Florence  |  Comments Off on Palazzo Larderel Via Tornabuoni in the center of Florence

Palazzo Larderel Florence – The terrace

Ideally located on Via Tornabuoni in the center of Florence, the historic 16th century Palazzo Larderel offers a unique opportunity for a wonderful stay in the Renaissance’s capital.

It makes you feel a true Florentine aristocrat! Decorated with antique original furniture and paintings but with all the modern comfort, the apartment to rent is situated on the second floor, and has a wonderful 60m2 terrace. It can host 6 persons.

The Palace, a classified building, member of the Italian Association of Historic Monuments (ADSI), was built around 1580 in late Renaissance style on a design by Giovanni Antonio Dosio for the Giacomini family, and has been the property of this family that lived there until 1793.It then passed on to the Michelozzi Boni, and was purchased in 1839 by the Larderel counts, and still belongs to their heirs.

Palazzo Larderel is situated on the smartest street of downtown Florence, a stone’s throw away from such monuments as Il Duomo (Cathedral and Baptistry), Palazzo Vecchio (Town Hall), Ponte Vecchio (covered bridge) and innumerable attractions related to art and beauty, but also to gastronomy and high style shopping.

Palazzo Larderel Florence Living room

The apartment for rent is located on the second floor (there is an elevator). It boasts a wonderful 60m2 sunny internal terrace, surrounded by jasmine, where guests can relax and have their meals. It has a wonderful large living room opening on the terrace with a dining area for inside meals. Also opening on the terrace is the master bedroom, with its en-suite bathroom, recently redone with a superb bath tub and shower. There is another smaller bed room with a stowaway bed for 1 or 2 persons, and a bath room with a shower. A small stair leads to a double bedroom that can be arranged with twin beds. In all rooms, you will find antique furniture and paintings from the 18th century, fine fabrics and carpets, and pieces of art.

There is a fully equipped kitchen, even though, for food, you may prefer to enjoy Tuscan cuisine in one of the many nearby “trattorias”. The apartment has air conditioning in each room, TV in the living room and Wi-Fi internet connection. There is a cloakroom where to store luggage, an all-in-one washer dryer,
A doorman is present in the building from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 1pm, and from 3 to 7pm, and on Saturday from 8 am to 11am.

You will find in the apartment all needed information to help you make the most out of your stay in Florence.

For those who want to discover Tuscany’s countryside, you might wish Villa le Barone, in the heart of Chianti, also owned by the Larderel’s.

For more information you can contact 00 39 055 85 26 21 or write to info@villalebarone.com

Meeting of art historians and experts in Tuscan historic gardens in Villa le Barone

December 16, 2017  |  Culture and Art, Florence  |  Comments Off on Meeting of art historians and experts in Tuscan historic gardens in Villa le Barone

Villa Guicciardini Corsi Salviati Sesto Fiorentino Tuscany

A Meeting of art historians and experts in Tuscan historic gardens was held at Villa le Barone to take stock of their research on the historic Villa Guicciardini Corsi Salviati in Sesto Fiorentino, near Florence. Villa le Barone is indeed an ideal place to organize small group meetings.

12 art historians and experts from historic gardens gathered at Villa le Barone at the end of October to present the state of their research on the historic garden of Villa Guicciardini Corsi Salviati, on the statues that adorn it and on the frescoes and paintings inside the Villa. Luisa Capodieci, lecturer in the history of modern art at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Maria Grazia Messina, Professor of History of Contemporary Art at the University of Florence, coordinate this team of researchers whose goal is to write a monograph on various aspects of the Villa and its garden.

The results of this work will, among other things, make it possible to highlight, on the basis of the case of Villa Corsi Salviati, the problems related to the restoration and conservation of properties that are part of the Association of Italian Historic Residences (ADSI, Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane) and prepare a monograph on the history of the Villa and its garden which will also be a manual of means of action for the use of garden owners and historic properties. Andrea Todorow, advisor of ADSI (Tuscany), indicated the support of ADSI for this project.

Grotesque Studiolo Villa Guicciardini Corsi Salviati Sesto Fiorentino Tuscany

Piero Tiano, researcher at the National Research Center and Alberto Cosciani presented their work, a light restoration of some garden statues, without using biocides.

Giorgio Galletti, responsible for the conservation and restoration of many Italian historical gardens (Boboli, Poggio a Caiano, Castello …) pointed out that many artists in the service of Cosimo de Medici have worked in the garden. This one was later transformed by Bardo Corsi, then Giulio Guicciardini Corsi Salviati at the end of the 19th century.

Claudia Bucelli (Professor at the New York University in Florence) detailed and illustrated this role in her presentation and photographic projections.
Botanist Cristina Giordano spoke about the friendship between the famous botanist and ethnologist Odoardo Beccari and Bardo Corsi, Giulio’s father, at the end of the 19th century. Bardo has created at Villa de Sesto one of the first horticultural establishments of exotic pantes in Tuscany and won various awards in international exhibitions.

Luisa Capodieci then presented his work on the grotesques of the sixteenth century, with Eros and Psyche represented in the center of the vault, which adorn the studiolo of the Villa.

Stefania Petrillo, Professor at the University of Perugia, presented the state of his research on the frescoes of the 19th century representing the 4 elements, realized in the big living room of the Villa by Eugenio Agneni, painter friend of the Corsi Salviati family.

Laura Santi, PhD student in History of Photography at the University of Florence, presented the albums that contain the 9000 photographs of Giulio Guiccardini Corsi Salviati, which testify to life in Sesto and in the Maremma where Giulio had a property.

Finally, Antonio Mazzinghi, head of the family archives, recalls the importance of the links between the Villa and the “Fattorie”, farms that depended on the Villa and operated on the model of sharecropping.

In conclusion, the experts and researchers decided to present the further progress of this research during a study day to be held at the French Institute of Florence on February 9, 2018.

Stendhal’s syndrome

November 5, 2017  |  Culture and Art  |  Comments Off on Stendhal’s syndrome

 

Siena  The Duomo (by Martin Jacobs)

Siena The Duomo (by Martin Jacobs)

Do you know the Stendhal’s syndrome? It is a kind of illness that seems to be due to the emotions that can result from overexposure to art and the famous Tuscan artistic works, to the excitement in front of the beauty of landscapes or architecture…

This syndrome, characterized by faster heartbeat, vertigo, a sense of confusion, appears in many travelers visiting Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, or discovering the sublime landscapes of Tuscany, such as the Creti Senese or the Chianti hills, all sites around Villa le Barone.

Stendhal described, in his book “Rome, Naples and Florence” (published in 1826), his state of intense emotion as he was leaving the Florentine basilica of Santa Croce, the cathedral where are buried Machiavelli, Galileo, Michelangelo. He wrote: “I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty… I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations… Everything spoke so vividly to my soul. Ah, if I could only forget. I had palpitations of the heart, Life was drained from me. I walked with the fear of falling”.

Florence Sunset on the Arno river

Florence Sunset on the Arno river

It would seem, however, that the Stendhal’s syndrome is not only psychological. It is also linked to the fatigue inherent in the many visits, sometimes in full heat, made by travelers who want to “see everything” in one day or two. A change of diet, the absorption of wine, the need to make constant efforts (visiting museums without sitting down) would also be factors that could aggravate the manifestations felt by some travelers.

Nevertheless, one can also note the emotion of Villa le Barone’s guests when they discover the magnificent view from our gardens on the Tuscan landscape, the Chianti hills and the Romanesque church of San Leolino. This is also reflected in their comments in our Golden Book: “awesome beauty” are words coming back again and again!

 

Palazzo Strozzi: “The Cinquecento in Florence” exhibition

September 30, 2017  |  Culture and Art, Florence  |  Comments Off on Palazzo Strozzi: “The Cinquecento in Florence” exhibition
Michelangelo River God at the exhibition "The Cinquecento in Florence" in Palazzo Strozzi Florence Italy

Michelangelo River God at the exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence” in Palazzo Strozzi Florence Italy

The exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence” that takes place in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence until 21 January 2018 and that celebrates the art of the 16th century in Florence should not be missed! Villa le Barone will be pleased to book tickets for you to admire this wonderful exhibition!

“The Cinquecento in Florence”, between Michelangelo, Pontormo and Giambologna that takes place in Palazzo Strozzi until 21st January 2018 is celebrating the art of the 16th century in Florence, an era of outstanding cultural and intellectual talent that was to spawn a heated debate between the “Modern Manner” and the “Counter-Reformation“after the Council of Trent, between the art sponsored by the Medici and the Church, between profane and sacred art. The exhibition showcases more than seventy works of art, sculptures and paintings. It opens with two absolute masterpieces, Michelangelo’s sculpture “River God” and Andrea Del Sarto’s painting “Pieta di Luco”, both of them reference work for other 16th century artists. It then develops comparisons between works of the early century, with for instance a unique juxtaposition between Pontormo’s Deposition (that can normally be seen in the San Felicita church in Florence), Rosso Fiorentino’s Deposition from the Cross ( normally exhibited in Voltera) and Bronzino’s Deposition from the Christ ,(a loan from the Besançon(‘s museum).

Pontormo- detail of "The deposition",  at the exhibition "The Cinquecento in Florence" in Palazzo Strozzi Florence Italy

Pontormo- detail of “The deposition”, at the exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence” in Palazzo Strozzi Florence Italy

The exhibition continues with a chorus of styles by talented artists such as Giorgio Vasari, Jacopo Zucchi, Santi di Tito, Vincenzo Danti, Giambologna. It is possible to admire in particular the works sponsored by Francesco 1er de Medici for his small office in Palazzo Vecchio, or for the redecoration of the churches in Florence in order to bring them into line with the instances of the Council of Trent. The exhibition concludes with works announcing the Baroque era.
This stupendous exhibition has been curated by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali. Villa le Barone will be pleased to book tickets for you!

The 30th International Biennial Antique Fair in Florence

September 16, 2017  |  Culture and Art, Florence  |  Comments Off on The 30th International Biennial Antique Fair in Florence
Palazzo Corsini Biennale del Antiquariato Florence

Palazzo Corsini Biennale dell’Antiquariato Florence

The 30th International Biennial Antique Fair will be held in Florence from 23 September to 1st October 2017, and, at this occasion, you will also be able to visit in the Palazzo Larderel Via Tornabuoni the wonderful gallery of Brun Fine Art.

Florence, the Renaissance city internationally known for its monuments, paintings and works of art will host, from 23rd September to 1st October 2017, the 30th International Biennial Antique Fair (BIAF) in the magnificent Palazzo Corsini: 80 Italian and foreign galleries will present more than 3000 work of arts, paintings, sculptures, drawings, design furniture. All works exhibited are selected by a vetting commission to check their value and authenticity. Matteo Corvino, the Venetian interior designer has done the scenography to showcase the exhibition. And from the terrace of the Palazzo Corsini, one can enjoy a superb view on the Arno River.

Art at the Antiquarian Il Quadrifoglio Palazzo Larderel Via Tornabuoni Florence

Art at the Antiquarian Il Quadrifoglio, Palazzo Larderel Via Tornabuoni, Florence

One of the major antiquarian exhibiting in the Antique fair will be Brun fine Art a leading art gallery  collaborating with interior designers from all over the world such as Celeste Dell’Anna, on multiple projects both in Italy and in London or the studio Giorio Casa in Beijing. Brun Fine Art has galleries in London, Milan. In Florence in the Palazzo Larderel 19 Via Tornabuoni, the Gallery  normally accessible only on appointment , will be opened during the BIAF. The Palazzo Larderel is a beautiful Palace designed by Giovanni Antonio Dosio in the 15th century that, still today, is one of the most perfect examples of Florence architecture of that period.