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HIDDEN TREASURES OF FLORENCE: THE OPEN WINDOW Piazza Ss. Annunziata - Firenze

On the corner of Piazza Santissima Annunziata and Via dei Servi,  a red brick palace, called Palazzo Budini Gattai or Grifoni, shows  his not so beautiful façade.  The far right window on the second floor  has been open for centuries. One of the legends relates that at the end of 1500, a son of the Grifoni family was called off to war and had to leave his young bride. The wife had been waiting for  the return of his beloved, seating at  open window for decades, but her loved one never came back. Only when she died the window was shut. Two versions are told of this story: according to the first, the neighborhood was so touched that the window was opened again in memory of this story of love and devotion.  The second argues that when the family attempted to close  the window, the furniture started shaking, books flew off the shelves, paintings fell of the walls. The rest  came only  when finally the  shutters were reopened:  the window has always been left ajar ever since. Another legend tells that the room with the open window belonged to a woman who was the secret lover of Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany: the statue depicting him, placed  exactly in front of the Grifoni Palace, in fact keeps his eyes focused  on that  window…

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