Using our rooms

The British Institute is located in two palazzi in the centro storico of Florence.

Our school is on the top floor of the historic Palazzo dello Strozzino, an older and smaller residence of the Strozzi family across the piazza from the imposing Palazzo Strozzi. 

Our library is located in the fashionable Oltrarno district. Situated on the piano nobile of the 16th century Palazzo Lanfredini, it boasts a glorious view across the river Arno, towards the Palazzo Corsini.

The rooms in both the school and the library are available for various types of events, both private and open to the public.




Palazzo dello Strozzino

The Palazzo, once known as the Palazzo delle Tre Porte for its three ground doorways, was built on a land owned by Palla Strozzi. It was renovated around 1457, with the design attributed to Filippo Brunelleschi. Among the architects who participated in the construction was Michelozzo to whom is attributed the lower façade featuring an irregular rustication.






Palazzo Lanfredini

The Palazzo was built in 1515 by Baccio d'Agnolo for Lanfredino Lanfredini, a member of a family of Florentine merchants and bankers, and the building retains most its original architecture. The 'sgraffito' that adorn the façade (which was restored in  the 19th century) reveal grotesque and arabesque figures, notably the 'Mantacora', a monster with the head of a man and the body of a beast.  





The Ferragamo Room 

Our magnificent salone, with its spectacular view over the Arno, is the main room of the library. This spacious room is fully set up with audio-visual equipment and wifi. Here, conferences take place as well as presentations and launches, film screenings, receptions and concerts (there is a Bechstein grand piano). 


The Acton Room 

This room is more intimate, and is suitable for smaller groups.  It is also fully set up with audio-visual equipment and wifi. It is particularly suitable for seminars and lectures, but can also be used for receptions and other events. 



The Lungarno Room

With its own street entrance from the Lungarno, this is our most flexible space, suitable for all kinds of educational and cultural activities. Separate from the library, this self-contained room benefits from plenty of natural light, and is set up with flap chairs, audio-visual equipment and wifi.  



The school provides classrooms for small and larger groups fully equipped with desks or flap chairs, audio-visual equipment and wifi. There are ten rooms suitable for groups up to 12,  and one larger room which can accommodate up to 25. The rooms all have high ceilings, lots of natural light and many have great views from the windows.



To receive more information regarding the use of our spaces
Tel 055 26778270