Piazza SS Annunziata Firenze
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Palazzo Budini Gattai in Florence

Beautiful villa in the Santissima Annunziata neighborhood

Firenze
Ugolino di Iacopo Grifoni, secretary to Duke Cosimo de’ Medici, purchased a number of houses in the area where Piazza Santissima Annunziata and via de’ Servi meet. His intention was to demolish them and construct a palazzo that would bring honor to his family. The project was begun by Giuliano di Baccio d’Agnolo, a student of Michelangelo; it was completed by Bartolomeo Ammannati, who was likely the architect of the garden as well. The Italian garden was created around 1573, as was a monumental fountain with statues of Giasone, Venus and sea monsters attributed to sculptor Giovanni Bandini.

The garden was enlarged in the 18th century and the fountain moved and substituted with a walled fountain where the statue of Venus was housed. The Grifoni family died out in the 18th century and the property passed into the Riccardi family before going to the Budini Gatti family, to whom it still belongs today. The current garden, further modified in the late 1800s boasts curved flowerbeds and beautiful collections of camellias and azaleas. Other decorative elements of the garden include a glass and iron greenhouse dating back to 1892; a banana grove; and the “Monument to the lost tree” completed in 1908 in memory of an ancient Laurus camphora.

Hours:
open on appointment only

Entrance:
6 euro

Handicap access:
Disabled access

Contact:
Via dei Servi, 51
Telefono 055210832
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