The tower houses were a type of dwelling that developed in Florence in the 12th century to remedy the fact that the population had increased and the land was limited.
Since noble families were always at war with each other, the tower houses also had a defense function.
Generally, the Case-Torri took the name of the family who lived there, so we can still see the Visdomini tower, the Donati tower, and the Ricci tower.
During the Middle Ages the tower house became a means for families to show their prestige, and this gave rise to real feuds among the Florentine noble families
Due to the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, all the towers of the latter were razed to the ground, while those of the former were lowered, with the obligation not to exceed 29 m in height.
That's why nowadays the existing tower houses can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
One of the most famous is the Chestnut tower where the Priors of the Arts met.
One of these fortress houses has remained intact and is privately owned.
The landlord, a renowned antique dealer, gives us the opportunity to see her accompanying us on a visit to her tower.
A TOUR RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WITH A DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND THE LIVES OF MEDIEVAL FLORENCE AND THOSE WHO HOLD A PASSION FOR FLORENTINE HISTORY.
Available days: Everyday
Bookable Starting Time: From 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Duration: 2,30 hours
All, on reservation
Adult rate: The rate of the tour depends on the number of people. CALCULATE YOUR OWN RATE!
Meeting Point: Central door of Florence Cathedral
The rate includes: tour with expert licensed guide exlusive entrance into a private tower-house