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This 16th-century palazzo was one of the first examples of "Roman style" architecture which was brought to Florence by Baccio d'Agnolo. While the prevalent Florentine style of the time involved façades with rustication and plasterwork, between 1520 and 1523 Baccio d'Agnolo brought in an architectonic style using triangular tympana and columns typical of Roman classicism. This was not warmly received in Florence and in response to this the architect put an inscription in Latin on the façade. His family motto, used by the poet d'Annunzio, can instead be found above the entrance to via Porta Rossa: "per non dormire" (lest we sleep). The pictoral contrasts required by the stone facade have been revealed by recent restoration.
Underneath the Loggia del Porcellino, the marble wheel can be found which commemorates the place where the carroccio was left, an emblem of the Florentine Republic. In medieval times it was used as a pillory for those who dared to dupe the merchants of the city. The Loggia was the work of Giovan Battista del Tasso who built it in the middle of the 16th century as a market place for the sale of fabrics and objects of different kinds. Today the Loggia also houses a market, mainly for tourists. Leather bags, silk scarves, straw hats and other art and craft objects can be found there. The Porcellino is the boar which is part of the fountain on one side of the market. This bronze sculpture was made by Pietro Tacca at the beginning of the 17th Century after a marble original of the Hellenistic period (on show at the Uffizi).
Torre dei Gianfigliazzi is a tower located in the city of Florence which dates back to the Middle Ages. The tower, which was, at the time, used as a residence, now functions as a hotel. The first medieval structure was demolished in 1260 and then reconstructed. The tower is a tall brick building without many embellishments. The tower was again thoroughly renovated during the 18th Century when some structural changes were made such as the addition of new windows.
This building, an example of 15th-century civil architecture, is in the heart of Renaissance Florence, near the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and opposite the San Gaetano baroque church, which dates from the year 1000AD. Built for Giovanni Boni, it was constructed by Giuliano da Maiano who included a wide, internal courtyard, reflecting the geometric canons and harmonious equilibrium of the architecture of the time. The building is now private property, having passed out of the hands of the Antinori family in 1506. Their name, thankfully, has been preserved.
Palazzo di Parte Guelfa is located in Florence, Italy. It is a historic building of the middle ages. It was built in the 14th Century and adorns Renaissance style of architecture. Two additions were made to the original building that was built in the proximity to the church. It is now used for various cultural exhibitions and conventions and meetings.
Palazzo dell'Arte dei Beccai is located in Florence, Italy. It was built in the 14th Century and was restored in the early 1970's. Inspired by the 14th-century architecture, the appearance of the facade remains unhampered after undergoing major modification. The building is home to the Accademia Fiorentina delle Arti del Disegno since 1974.
Torre degli Amidei is a tower close to the square of Piazza della Signoria in the city of Florence which was constructed during the medieval times. At this time, it was located near the boundaries of the city and was the property of the Amidei family. The tower was damaged during World War II and later restored. The structure that is seen today is mostly the result of the modern reconstruction. One of the stone lions which flank the wall, however, dates back to the medieval times.
Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali is located in Florence, Italy. Situated in the heart of the city, the building portraits Neo-Renaissance style of architecture. It was built as a local headquarter for the General Insurance Company. The building was constructed keeping in mind the historical structures surrounding it and so it harmonizes with the original building of the Piazza della Signora.