The Concini Palace has an extensive and unique history strongly tied to Florentine politics during the time of the Medici family. Undergoing a recent restoration, the space has been brought back to life.
The remarkably preserved Concini Palace is a time machine that takes us back to the 1200s and 1500s. Its first owners were the Bastari Rittaffè family in the 1200s, and the palace is situated in the historic noble quarter of the city.
After major extension works in the 1500s, the palace became the residence of Bartolomeo Concini (1507-1578), Jurisconsult and Minister Plenipotentiary to Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), a post comparable to today’s Prime Minister. Bartolomeo Concini was the most influential diplomat of the time. It was his diplomatic pressure on the Pope that Cosimo I was granted the title of Grand Duke in 1569 and the foundation of the Order of the Knights of St. Stephen in 1561, Cosimo’s first tactical move towards founding the Grandy Duchy of Tuscany.
Due to his prestige, Bartolomeo Concini became head of a leading dynasty at the top of the political life in Florence during the 1500s and 1600s. He led a family that intermarried with the Medici family, and his son Giovan Battista Concini (1532-1605), knight, commander, and chancellor of the order of Knights of Santo Stefano, was even a figure of the first order of foreign politics of the Medici.