Palace, Museum sights in Florence
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This 15th-century palazzo, host to some of the city's most exciting art exhibitions, is one of Florence's most impressive Renaissance mansions. It was built for wealthy merchant Filippo Strozzi, one of the Medicis' major political and commercial rivals. Half palace/half fortress as befits its era and the Strozzi family history (Filippo's entire family was banished from Florence in 1434 and didn't return until 1466), it was built over three levels from large stone blocks. The design, in which Strozzi is thought to have been heavily involved, is incomplete, as he died two years after building commenced and his son soon ran out of money.
The blockbuster exhibitions held here…