Palazzo Tornabuoni is s far one of the most magnificent places I have been lucky to visit during my stance in Florence. Big chandeliers, high ceilings and classic decoration make the place very inviting. The Palazzo is a restored building from the fifteen-century, what was back in that time an actual Medici residence. It is now a residence club; there are 38 apartments in total, 27 residences and 11 club residences. It took four years for the Palazzo to be restored and it shelters works of art and an incredible architecture collected from the previous owners as Alessandro Medici and the Renaissance Pope Leo XI.
During the visit we were explained how the idea of the club became successful, which is run by the Four Seasons Hotel. To become a member there’s fee to pay yearly and you acquire 3 weeks per year or you can also buy one of the residences starting at the modest price of 1.7 million dollars. There are members from all over the world, currently about 80 memberships and 11 apartment owners, a lot of them being around the age of retirement and have decided to move to the heart of Florence.
The manager also shared his story. How in his beginnings after graduating with a degree of tourism and hospitality he was working at a front desk in a hotel in Milan and eventually made his way to Florence and was offered the position as a Manager for the Palazzo. It is refreshing to hear stories from people that are humble and start from the bottom up, it encourages us students to follow our dreams.