Forte Belvedere is the second and largest fortress to be built in Florence and what we love most at Casa Nuestra, is the sensational atmosphere that you sense when you are up there. It's a place with a particular energy, inspirational and breathtaking.
Actually it's a contemporary art gallery also, so you can enjoy the interesting blend of history
and contemporaneity at the same time.
Some historical info are necessary in order to understand the fortress and it's vital importance :
It was designed and built by Bernardo Buontalenti over a five-year period, between 1590 and 1595, by order of Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici.
The fortress is located in the southern hills of the Arno River and on the highest hill of the Boboli Gardens. From a military point of view, the fortress is located at the most strategic point, overlooking almost the entire city and surrounding area and it was designed to protect the centre of government in Florence and the Medici family if the city came under attack. It was also constructed to protect the Pitti Palace, Oltrarno district and south end of the city.
Galileo Galilei used Forte Belvedere for his astronomical observations and after he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1633, he lived not far from the fort in Villa Arcetri.