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Palazzo Medici-Riccardi

The Baroque artistic style was always on a grand scale – emotional, theatrical and designed make the spectator feel part of a big event

IN 1659, THE MEDICI FAMILY, now well and truly the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, sold their 1400s Renaissance home in Florence, where they had lived when they were bankers and the unoffi cial rulers of the Florentine Republic, to the Riccardi family. Understandably, the new owners immediately renovated. Possibly their most spectacular addition to the palazzo was the magnifi cent gallery they inaugurated in 1689 with a spectacular reception to celebrate their future rulers, Grand Prince Ferdinando de’ Medici and Violante Beatrice of Bavaria’s, marriage. The gallery is a most splendid example of the Baroque style in the city. Luca Giordano, one of the artistic stars of the court of Naples, had been called to Florence by the Corsini in the early 1680s to decorate their private chapel in the Carmelite church and the Riccardi took advantage of the artist’s sojourn to commission him the frescoes on the ceiling of their newly built gallery.

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Our new issue will take you from the chilly alpine splendour of Courmayeur in Valle d’Aosta right down to Sicily – visit the majestic Valley of the Temples near Agrigento or stay nearby at the Verdura Resort. A recent fl ying visit to Florence inspired our ‘48 Hours’ feature this month; from new discoveries at the Duomo to a new way of getting around (by tuk-tuk), this venerable city is always a pleasure to visit. And, turning to another alternative mode of transport, we take a tour around Lake Garda by e-bike.