Attached to the Duomo’s apse, you’ll find Palazzo Strozzi Sacrati, one of the most important expressions of the Florentine Baroque age. Its interior also hosts rich frescoes and decorations that express the taste of the Florentine aristocracy during the XVII and XIX centuries. Closed in 1980 after the death of heir Marquis Uberto Strozzi Sacrati, it was purchased by the Region of Tuscany in 1989 for 13 billion lire. Restoration cost 12 million euro and it is currently underway. The process required in-depth diagnostic studies regarding the state of the building. It includes massive consolidation work intent on giving each room of the palace its original decorative elements. This project is being led by Director Giuseppe Cruciani Fabozzi, professor of Restoration at the University of Florence.
Upon entering the palace, you’ll reach the Pegasus Room, which has now become host to a new stained glass skylight, which bears a winged-horse—the Region’s emblem. Visitors are sure to appreciate the room next-door; its walls were painted in 1812 and they depict trees and nature scenes. The structure is huge and includes 11,315 square meters of decorated space. Don’t miss the ‘Salone delle feste’; this gem, with noteworthy stucco decorations, is located on the first floor. It will be ready this summer and become a venue for musical events featuring chamber orchestras.