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Ferdinando de' Medici commissioned Bernardo Buontalenti and Don Giovanni de’ Medici to build the Fort. The Palazzina was there before the Fort encompassing it was built and it played the role of a "belvedere" (panoramic terrace) for the grand ducal court. The Palazzina became the fort's command centre and a "strongroom" was built in its basement to house the state treasure. Lost its strategic defence function, in 1954 the Fort was at the centre of a huge renovation project in order to create an area of incomparable charm offering an absolutely spectacular view of Florence and its surrounding hills. The Forte di Belvedere constitutes a monumental, historic, artistic and enviromental focal point of the highest order, and it continues to pursue its calling as an exhibition centre, dating back to the middle of the last century, by hosting top-quality events and exhibitions.
 
 
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Timetable
From 3rd of June to 14th of October: from Tuesday to Sunday 11.00-20.00.
Closed on Monday.
 
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Events

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