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Our history

Before 1469

modest public housing

Before 1469, in this place there were modest public housing, in which it is said that the painter Giotto was born. In 1470 Niccolò Benci had a house built for his family which, only a century later, assumed the shapes and dimensions of today's building. In 1575 the Benci family decorated the façade with frescoes, to which also the painter Bernardino Poccetti participated.

Precisely for this reason in the same year the building won a competition that rewarded the most beautiful painted facades of the city. On the ground floor, where there are now the rooms of the restaurant "Il Porcospino", you can admire lime wall paintings, which means that they were presumably made later in the later part of the exterior facade, probably around the eighteenth century. In the two internal rooms you can admire allegorical representations in the central part of the ceiling and bucolic subjects in the side walls.

These frescoes are carefully studied in detail, as can be seen from the lush vegetation, from the putti that hover throughout the room and from the various types of birds, especially the parrots represented in their various colors. The obvious intent of the painter was to recreate in the hall, which was probably used for receptions and banquets, a scene that represented an internal courtyard with the garden. Finally, the allegorical frescoes that can be admired on the ceiling show two important quotes by Dante Alighieri himself, taking two steps of "Inferno" and "Purgatorio" of the famous Divina Commedia.

Before 1469, in this place there were modest public housing, in which it is said that the painter Giotto was born. In 1470 Niccolò Benci had a house built for his family which, only a century later, assumed the shapes and dimensions of today's building. In 1575 the Benci family decorated the façade with frescoes, to which also the painter Bernardino Poccetti participated.

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