CASA MARTELLI

Just steps away from Piazza del Duomo, on the historic via della Forca, this fascinating Florentine treasure houses a prestigious collection of lesser-known yet extremely important works of art.

For centuries Palazzo Martelli was the residence of one of Florence’s oldest noble families. A visit to this museum unfolds across a suite of opulent period interiors: the ground-floor stanze ‘paese’ (‘landscape rooms’), whose walls and ceilings are painted with trompe-l’œil scenes; an elegant grand-staircase; and the spaces of the piano nobile, which include a chapel, a ballroom, a magnificent picture gallery, and a great hall and other rooms richly-decorated in shades of red and yellow.

In the first half of the eighteenth century, Casa Martelli underwent a series of renovations on behalf of Niccolò Martelli and his son Giuseppe Maria, then archbishop of Florence. Beginning in 1738, the family’s residence was transformed into the palazzo that we see today, with the help of the architect Bernardino Ciurini, the painters Vincenzo Meucci, Bernardo Minozzi and Niccolò Contestabile, and the stuccatore (stucco artisan) Giovan Martino Portogalli.

Today, Casa Martelli houses the last Florentine example, in public hands, of a collection formed between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The visit proceeds through the rooms of the ground floor and the piano nobile, updated according to the tastes of the period, where visitors can enjoy the picture gallery—rich with masterpieces such as Piero di Cosimo’s Adorazione del Bambino, two wedding panels (pannelli nuziali) by Beccafumi, and magnificent paintings by Luca Giordano and Salvator Rosa—as well as the antique furniture, tapestries, and various decorations and objects dispersed throughout the home.

Casa Martelli remained in the Martelli family’s possession until the death of Francesca Martelli in 1986. For a brief period, the residence passed into the hands of the Florentine Curia, to whom Francesca had bequeathed the palazzo in her will, before eventually becoming property of the Italian State. In 1998, the coat of arms that Donatello made for Roberto Martelli, chosen by a panel of experts for the resolution of the Bardini inheritance, was acquired by the Italian State and added to the Museo Nazionale del Bargello collection.

A house museum which is not the result of a posthumous reconstruction, but instead emerges out of centuries of life of one of the oldest Florentine families, Casa Martelli as a  special “jewel” among Florence’s numerous museums.


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AccessibilityThe museum is equipped with access devices for people with disabilities. 

Opening hours and ticketing:

 
OPENINGs  
The museum is open to the public
with free entry and guided tours 
Thursday: 14.00 – 19.00
(Guided tours at: 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00)
Saturday: 9.00 – 14.00
(Guided tours at:  9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00)
Sunday:  9.00 – 14.00
(Guided tours at: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00)
 
SUNDAY CLOSINGS - the 2nd and 4th of every month 
 
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OPENINGS 14:00 - 19:00

 

OPENINGS  9:00 - 14:00

 

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ADMISSIONFree Entry

Reservation is recommended for groups over 15 guests: Firenze Musei, tel. 055290383
Reservation Fee: € 3,00

Contact Information
Via Ferdinando Zannetti, 8 - 50123 Firenze
Telephone: +39 055 0649420
Email: mn-bar.casamartelli@beniculturali.it

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