Aubusson Rugs Adorn the Art Filled Interiors of Four Seasons Firenze

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If the Four Seasons Firenze feels like a private home it is because it was formerly the Palazzo della Gherardesca, the private residence of Florentine nobles for five centuries. It was built by Bartolomeo Scala, a millers son who rose to become the Chancellor of the Republic in 1465. Bartolomeo Scala hired Giuliano da Sangallo, the most illustrious architect in Florence at the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent. The palazzo many famous owners include Alessandro de' Medici - who became Pope Leo XI for just 21 days, many generations of the Gherardesca family, Isma'il Pasha, the ex-Khedive of Egypt and several other notables. Read More