Florence, Palazzo Davanzati

The center building is only four stories tall, if one discounts the loggia, but these are mighty tall stories. The building itself is much too tall and overwhelming, which is probably what was intended by its original owner.

The buildings on either side are altogether more satisfactory. They are four normal stories tall and of pleasant proportions.

Notice the unusual split shutters on the left-hand building. They allow a view of the street while still keeping the sun and rain out.

Does anyone know what the odd railings in front of the windows are?

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