The wealthy Martelli family, long associated with the all-powerful Medici, lived, from the 16th century, in this palace on a quiet street near the basilica of San Lorenzo. The last Martelli died in 1986, and in October 2009 the casa-museo (house-museum) opened to the public. It's the only non-reconstructed example of such a house in all of Florence, and for that reason alone it's worth a visit. The family collected art, and while most of the stuff is B-list, a couple of
gems by Beccafumi, Salvatore Rosa, and Piero di Cosimo adorn the walls. Reservations are essential, and you will be shown the glories of this place by well-informed, English-speaking guides.
Oct 17, 2011
Off the beaten track, a hidden gem for Art and History lovers. Original decor, charming ambience, splendid art collections. Just for 3 euro, you will discover life and secrets of noble people and their town-mansion, guided by enjoyable guides. Tip: even if it's better to call in advance, you can buy tickets on the spot; super clean toilets.