The Cosimo de’ Medici Apartment
The Cosimo apartment space was originally the part of the medieval townhouse that was used as the kitchen. In this era, the kitchen always had to be at the top of buildings because of the fire risk posed by cooking over open flames in fireplaces.
The Cosimo il Vecchio apartment is 63 square meters (678 sq ft) big and is situated on the second floor. Entering the apartment, the first thing you see is a dining table illuminated by a skylight installed in the high ceilings. In the hallway, leading to the rest of the apartment, there is a full-equipped kitchen. From there, you walk into a spacious and bright living room with two armchairs, a very comfortable Italian couch (which can become a double sofa bed) and a TV HD where you can relax with a glass of wine. The master bedroom with a double bed lies right around the corner and has a bathroom with shower. Up a wooden staircase from the living room there is also a mezzanine floor with two single beds and a windowed bathroom with a tub. This apartment has maintained a touch of its ancient atmosphere and is comfortably furnished with a mix of antique and modern pieces and draws of a nostalgic Renaissance in Florence. It is a perfect accommodation for a family from four to six, or for a group of friends.
In Cosimo de’ Medici you’ll find:
A laundry with pods and a hanger
A laundry bag
A hair dryer
A caffettiera or moka
TV HD LCD
Double sofa bed with bedding furniture in the closet
Two bathrooms with shower amenities and towels
4 baskets with labels for recycling garbage
A first emergency kit
Two bottles of water as complimentary
Who is Cosimo de’ Medici?
Cosimo de’ Medici, known as the Elderor Paterwas, was an Italian politician and banker, the first de facto lord of Florence and the first prominent statesman of the Medici family. Thanks to his moderate policy, he managed to retain power for over thirty years until his death, managing the state silently through his trusted men and thus allowing the consolidation of his family to the government of Florence. Art lover, Cosimo invested a large part of his enormous private heritage to embellish and make his hometown glorious, calling artists to realize public and religious buildings. Passionate about humanistic culture, he founded the Neoplatonic Academy and favored the speculative direction of Florentine humanism of the second half of the fifteenth century. For his civil merits, in the aftermath of his death the Signoria proclaimed him Pater patriæ, “father of the country”. Cosimo’s fame continued to be generally positive over the centuries as his administration of the Republic laid the foundations for the golden period which reached its climax under the government of his grandson, Lorenzo il Magnifico.