Via Cavour is one of the most important streets in Florence.
From the main boulevards to the heart of the city, Via Cavour leads visitors directly to Piazza del Duomo, crossing historical eras, ideologies and religions. Around Via Cavour, in 6th Century, rose up what became known as Medici’s neighborhood, which includes the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Saint Lorenzo Cathedral, and Saint Marco Cloister.
Art in Florence is not just a legacy of the past. Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Medici’s former residence, is the seat of the Province of Florence. This is an amazing example of consistency between architecture and functionality. Cosimo I Medici famously refused a sketch by Michelangelo to let its magnificence be retained without being envied by citizens, which was a truly strategic political move.
St. Marco's Cloister is well known for Beato Angelico’s frescoes and it's where Fr. Savonarola started preaching. Over time, many prominent names after Cosimo have been associated with Via Cavour.
Marucelliana Library, which is an extraordinary testimony to democracy, was designated, by the Abbot Marucelli, to give poor young people the chance to gain access to the cultural events. Culture to art is a short step, especially when it comes to Macchiaoli where, in Via Cavour's Cafè, Michelangelo used to debate about the daily reality of what they chose to paint.
A few steps from these monuments in Via Cavour, Florence Hotel Europa mantains continuity with its inner original frescoes in a historic 14th Century building and a privileged view over Brunelleschi’s Dome.