16 Mura Di San Bartolomeo
This castle was built by the Florentine architect G. Coppode' between 1896 and 1904 for the Scottish insurance broker E. Mackenzie. Well-built and picturesque, its towers, trenches, draw bridges, mosaics, pictures and elegant decoration in wrought iron all make it an eclectic work of art. It is a mixture of past styles such as medieval, early Tuscan Renaissance as well as pure Art Nouveau. After being abandoned in 1986 the castle passed into the hands of the American Mitchell Wolfson Jr, who took on its restoration to house the Italian headquarters for the Wolfsonian Foundation, a rich collection of over 7000 works of art dating from 1885 till 1945. A lot of attention is given to the applied arts as well as architecture. This collection is currently held elsewhere in anticipation of being moved. Visits by appointment only. Free consultation. The library includes a vast collection of futurist material as well as a whole section dedicated to Italian architectural and urban planning between 1920 and 1945.