1865 | FLORENCE, CAPITAL OF ITALY
You may be wondering about the name. 1865 was the year in which construction began of the small building where our residence is located, and the year in which Florence became the capital of Italy. At that time the architect Giuseppe Poggi altered the layout of the city to receive the Royal Court after it transferred from Turin, which had initially been Italy's capital following unification. Along with the Court came functionaries, embassies, and the head offices of newspapers and publishing houses.
Our small palazzo was constructed for the elite of that time. Until then, this part of historic Florence had consisted of vegetable gardens; today it is an elegant neighbourhood much loved by the Florentines. At its centre is Piazza D'Azeglio, the largest public garden in the historic centre. It has the advantage of being a short walk from the Cathedral but well away from the madding crowds.