The exterior of Strozzi Palace in Florence — Photo courtesy of Richard, enjoy my life!
Although Florence has many different museums and historical places of interest to see, one of the best is the Palazzo Strozzi near the Piazza della Repubblica. Strozzi Palace combines the best of modern Italy with Florence’s rich past. Home of the powerful Strozzi family, it now serves as a museum and community center for the residents of Florence.
The building was commissioned by Filippo Strozzi and remained within the Strozzi family for close to 400 years before it became the property of the city of Florence. It’s a great example of early Renaissance architecture; after you notice the characteristics of this building, you will start to see similar ones throughout the city. Palazzo Strozzi is an Italian “rustic” style, which was popular among some of the other Florentine families, as well. After 1937, the building was given to the city of Florence for its use as a center for the community.
The Strozzi Palace holds three different art exhibits throughout the year, and these are often the most popular exhibits visited by the locals. Expect to see a conglomeration of new and old – from Renaissance works to newer, more contemporary works.
There is also an area for your children to play, so if they don’t feel like checking out a work by Picasso or Pontormo, they can play with some others their own age. The site also encourages education and has different events planned for families and schools available throughout the year.
The cafe at Strozzi Palace — Photo courtesy of Richard, enjoy my life!
One of the most popular parts of the Strozzi complex is the café located on the bottom floor, serving up piping hot beverages and freshly baked brioches in the courtyard. Anyone can enter in and purchase a beverage or take a stroll and look at the rustic architecture.
If you're thinking about visiting this Florence attraction, you might want to consider looking into ticket prices. Sometimes you can end up getting a reduced price or a deal on certain days. For example, on Saturdays are a good day to check out the exhibits because you can get two tickets for the price of one (10 euro).
Also, if you are a student, you should think about asking for the student pricing of 8.50 euro. Youth tickets are available for those under the age of 26 in Italy, so it’s something to keep in mind if you're thinking about seeing some of the other museums of Florence. Firenzecard holders can get in for free.
The Strozzi Palace is also unique in the fact that it is open every day, including holidays. So whether you arrive at a busy time or not, you should be able to get the reservations you need.
Even if you just stop in for a coffee, you should take a look at the inside of the Strozzi Palace while sipping your cappuccino and taking a look at the beautiful interior.