Palazzo della Canonica

In 1567 Cosimo I donated the medieval buildings standing between via Ulisse Dini and via S. Frediano to provide quarters for the Knight-priests, an important and influential division of the Order of Knights of St. Stephen.Giorgio Vasari was charged with designing the new construction and David Fortini with building it. Their aim was to combine the buildings into a single construction with an attractive well-balanced exterior, similar in appearance to the others on the square,.The lay-out was modeled on a monastery: a two-tiered porch in the rear of the building led to dozens of independent quartieri (quarters), each occupying three floors, with a staircase.