In the last century, Via Tornabuoni became the meeting place of Europe with its prestigious shops and historical buildings, whose rooms and halls were patronised by the most famous names in the fields of art and politics as well as by the most well-known Florentines.
Even Stendhal was not able to resist the charm of the antique stones of the world in the 1500s when this street had become the route of the carraiges coming from their promenades at the Cascine, the place where parades and various kinds of tournaments took place.
In this century, Via Tornabuoni has changed at the rhythm of the city remaining full of life and keeping up with the era of “globalisation” without betraying its style and class which originate from the prestige innate in its architectural monuments, which give it its shape and make it the most representative street for commerce, designers and culture: the most beautiful street in the world.
THE NAMES OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOBILE AND POWERFUL FAMILIES OF THAT TIME CAN BE NUMBERED IN THESE HISTORICAL PALACES
The architectural frame of the palaces marks the boundaries of Piazza Santa Trinità and Via Tornabuoni: on one side there is Palazzo Bartolini-Salimbeni, then Palazzo Scali and facing the Arno there is the massive Palazzi Spini-Feroni. In front of this is the more vibrant similarly crenellated Torrione del Gianfiliazzi. Next to this is the façade of the church and finally, the linear Palazzo Minerbetti which marks the corner with Via del Parione.
Just like wings of a theatre, other historical palaces mark the longer stretch of Via Tornabuoni: Palazzo Giaconi at n. 5, Palazzo Cambi-Del Nero at n. 6, Palazzo Corsi at n. 7, Palazzo Alamanni at n. 9, Palazzo Viviani della Robbia at n. 15, Palazzo Giacomini, now called De Larderel at n.19, Palazzo Corsi-Salviati at n. 16 and last but not least, Palazzo Antinori in the square of the same name.