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Firenze, Forte del Belvedere
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Forte Belvedere

Medici grandeur at a vintage point

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The Fort of San Giorgio, better known as Forte Belvedere was founded in 1590, during the reign of Grand Duke Ferdinand I and it was built according to plans by Bernardo Buontalenti. Created to defend the city from possible external attacks, it never actually played this role. In case of danger, the Fort could be reached through Palazzo Pitti, by means of the Boboli Gardens. Inside, you’ll find the elegant Palazzina di Belvedere, which existed before the fort was built. It was probably designed by Bartolomeo Ammannati around 1570.

The Palazzina became a Medici safe, where the dynasty stored its precious objects at the bottom of the well located inside of the building. Anyone who tried to force its lock would have set off the trap and be wounded by it. Currently, temporary exhibitions are held in this space.

Admission: free
Disabled access: accessible from the main door; some trails are accessible to everyone
Contact information: Via S. Leonardo, 5
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