Casa Vasari is located in Florence, in Borgo Santa Croce, and was the High Renaissance master’s home for many years, dying there in 1574.
The house was donated to Vasari by Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Mediciin 1561 as an act of gratitude for his service. Just as he did with his childhood home in Arezzo, Vasari frescoed the various rooms – around 1572 –with decorations with the theme of the arts and the supremacy of painting, depicting stories taken from Pliny’s writings, allegorical imagery and portraits of artists like Leonardo and Michelangelo. He also enriched the house with a large collection of paintings by his contemporaries.
Visitors can admire the Sala Grande, a room 55 square metres in size that has been restored to its original splendour, attesting to the space’s wealth of decoration.