This building, an example of 15th-century civil architecture, is in the heart of Renaissance Florence, near the cathedral of ... More
This building, an example of 15th-century civil architecture, is in the heart of Renaissance Florence, near the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and opposite the San Gaetano baroque church, which dates from the year 1000AD. Built for Giovanni Boni, it was constructed by Giuliano da Maiano who included a wide, internal courtyard, reflecting the geometric canons and harmonious equilibrium of the architecture of the time. The building is now private property, having passed out of the hands of the Antinori family in 1506. Their name, thankfully, has been preserved.
I liked attending classes in this renaissance palace in the late 1990s. Situated at the end of Via Tornabuoni, there are lots if highend shops in close proximity. I never took any food or wine in the Canitnetta Antinori but will one day. The family has made fine wine for centuries and I have to assume the culinary offerings are very fine too.
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