The 15th century compound named Villa Carducci Pandolfini stands in the plain south-west of Florence, near Via di Scandicci. In the south-west corner of the complex there are the ruins of a 14th century tower which was part of the fortified palace of Guardavia, also called “Volta a Legnaja”, one of the strongholds of the Florentine fortification system. The building has a horse-shoe shape, with the monumental zone developing on the side facing via Guardavia. The other sides are both occupied by old, modest row dwellings for service personnel. The fourth side is enclosed by a wall, with a gate giving access to the former hortus conclusus. The compound is renowned due to the cycle of frescoes illustrating famous men and women drawn by Andrea del Castagno in about 1445 under the arcade then turned into a hall.
Object of the concession are only some residential units, while the portions being delivered to the MIBACT and some other residential units under private concession are excluded. The portion in question has a gross cadastral area of about 684 sqm and consists of nine residential units, most of which are now unused for years and have interiors in poor conditions.
From the architectural point of view, the compound is the result of various addition and unification works made over the past centuries, still clearly visible in the planimetric structure. The structure is traditional, in loadbearing masonry with pitched roof. The main façade is simply plastered, with modest decorative elements.
The portions under concession are free
The structure of the compound of which the real estate is a portion can be briefly described as follows:
For details, please see attached data sheet.
The complex is situated in the city of Florence, in Via Guardavia number 16 to 44, outside of the old, monumental town and near Via di Scandicci, the road that connects Florence to the homonymous town. It is accessible from a private street which is part of the complex itself and runs perpendicular to Via Guardavia, bordering the compound on its west side. From this private street there is the access to the inner courtyard around which the buildings that make up the compound develop.
The complex is situated in an urban area that has been object of building expansion only in the last decades; however, before this time there were already sub-urban settlements connected to the originally rural destination of this area. Nowadays, the area is mainly residential, with some local shops. It is well served by public transport, also thanks to the near tramway.