La Camerata Fiorentina
La Camerata Fiorentina is a luxury apartment for rent in Florence right inside the antique and elegant Palazzo Bardi, built in 1420 by Brunelleschi, located in via dé Benci 5. It is set right between the Arno river, the Uffizi Gallery and Santa Croce.
This Palazzo is considered the model that represents the beginning of Renaissance architecture in Florence.
The courtyard of the palazzo is decorated with Andrea della Robbia majolicas, a crown of big columns typical of Brunelleschi’s style, antique marbles, and precious Renaissance ironworks.
The name of the apartment is due to the fact that in the 16th century the “Camerata Fiorentina” used to meet in this apartment, which was the palazzo’s theatre during the Reinassance. The Florentine Camerata was a group of scientists and constituted by the Bardi Count and other scholars of musical theory, among whom was Vincenzo Galilei, father of Galileo. They created new musical principles, merging music to the 33rd “Canto” of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, giving birth to what is known now as Lyrical Opera. Still hanging from the ceiling of the theatre is the cine-camera used at that time.
La Camerata Fiorentina is located at the Piano Nobile (first floor, second American, no lift). It is 320 sq. meters (3.400 sq. ft.) apartment on two levels.
The décor is a combination of the finest contemporary Italian design and Florentine ’500 architectural detail. The interiors are superbly decorated with original plaster works, stones and 18th-century frescoes. Bauhaus period furniture is from the best designers: Van der Rohe, Eames, Le Corbusier, matching a precious 17th-century sofa and two Medieval terracotta statues. Castiglioni, Flos, and Fontanarte lighting gives the place a very special atmosphere in the evening.