Casa Guidi

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Casa Guidi
Casa Guidi, esterno.JPG
Location Piazza San Felice 8, Florence, Italy
Website The Landmark Trust – Holiday at Casa Guidi
Casa Guidi Drawing Room

Casa Guidi is the fifteenth-century patrician house in Piazza San Felice, 8, near the south end of the Pitti Palace in Florence, in which the piano nobile apartment was inhabited by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning between 1847 and Mrs Browning's death in 1861.

The Browning household was a centre of British society in Florence although it was said that Theodosia Trollope's house was more care free. There was no animosity however and the Trollope's daughter played with the Browning's son, Pen.[1] After their son Pen's death in 1912, the apartment was bought by several Browning enthusiasts. By that time, Casa Guidi was in poor shape, and the apartment retained hardly any furniture or paintings. The Browning Society in New York restored it, before giving it to Eton College which undertook further work so that the building could be used as a study centre. Today, it is part of The Eton College Collections, but is administered by the Landmark Trust, who also look after the house in Rome where Keats died. When not being used by Eton boys, the property is available for holiday lets booked through the Landmark Trust.[2]

Casa Guidi is open to the public for 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from April to November. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.

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Coordinates: 43°45′55.11″N 11°14′52.73″E / 43.7653083°N 11.2479806°E / 43.7653083; 11.2479806