Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Italy Blog #29- Florence: The Palazzo (Palace) Davanzati

a dining area
Front door of Davanzati
In this blog we'll walk you through the The Palazzo (Palace) Davanzati in Florence and we'll point out the one place that gave us some eerie feelings.

WHAT IS IT? Palazzo Davanzati is a palace in Florence, Italy. It houses the Museum of the Old Florentine House. It's located at Via Porta Rossa, 13, 50123 Firenze, Italy.
The house had 5 levels. 

NOTE: Florence is called "Firenze" in Italian

Upstairs bed chamber
HOUSE HISTORY - says it better than we could:  The Palace, built by the Davizzi family around mid-14th century, was purchased in 1578 by the Davanzati family (their coat of arms is still visible on the facade) and remained in their possession until 1838, when it was divided into several flats and suffered severe damage.

LIFE IN THE MID-14TH CENTURY - It was the home of a noble family, and the servants lived on the top floors. Even the kitchen was on an upper floor (I believe the 3rd floor). 

Looking down into the 1st floor courtyard

First floor - grand entry
In 1904 it was purchased and restored by the antique dealer Elia Volpi, who entirely furnished it and opened it to the public in 1910 as Museum of the Old Florentine House. The palace was purchased in 1951 by the State that reorganized it and opened it once more to the public in 1956.

WHAT'S IN IT NOW?  The house is now filled with furnishings and paintings to reflect the life of the families that lived during the medieval period. 

The "Portal room"
ornate door on a stair
WHAT'S A PORTAL AND WHERE IS IT? - A portal is a doorway of energy and it's a place that ghosts (Earthbound) walk in and out of to go from one place to another. Although I was still battling sinusitis (and not picking up anything) I felt this. We both did!  It was a like a wave of energy in the middle of a room with one lone statue on a table.  We didn't pick up on anything else, but there was a lot of energy in that particular room. So if you visit, see what you feel in there. 


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next