A rare example of Florentine Baroque
Among the rarest and most prestigious examples of the Florentine Baroque style, Palazzo Corsini, also called “al Parione”, is located at Lungarno Corsini 10. The building was purchased in 1649 by Maria Maddalena Machiavelli, wife of Marquis Filippo Corsini, from Grand Duke Ferdinando II de’ Medici. It consists of three main buildings organised around the large courtyard accessed through a large portal surmounted by the family coat of arms.
On the ground floor is a graceful artificial grotto, while the grand staircase, decorated with neoclassical statues, leads to the main floor. Numerous rooms are frescoed and embellished with original furnishings, including the Galleria Aurora, the Salone and the Sala da Ballo, decorated by artists of the calibre of Anton Domenico Gabbiani, Alessandro Gherardini and Pier Dandini.
A loggia with frescoes by Alessandro Rosi and Bartolomeo Neri is on the main floor. Nearby is the majestic Salone del Trono (Throne Room), with columns and pilasters along the walls, with an upper gallery of antique statues and busts of various 18th-century authors. On the ceiling is a fresco of the Apotheosis of Casa Corsini by Anton Domenico Gabbiani from 1696.
The private residence can be visited by appointment from Monday to Friday.