A famous palace in Florence, the Palazzo Strozzi was built by Benedetto da Maiano which was a rival for the famous Medici family. They required an magnificent palace which would demonstrate their prominence and would count as both a deterrent and political statement. It’s surrounded on all sides by streets but remains a free-standing structure. Decorated with paired windows, which was typical for Florentine palaces at that time. It remained in the Strozzi family until the late 1930s, is now the home of the Institute of Humanist Studies and is always busy with scholars. Also, it is nowadays used to international expositions like antique shows, fashions shows and other cultural and artistic events. The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi offers a full programme of international-level exhibitions and cultural events within the impressive setting of this architectural masterpiece of the Florentine Renaissance. The major exhibitions space hosts two exhibitions annually with a focus on important themes and famed artists, while the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina proposes thematic exhibitions which tackle a variety of contemporary issues. A rich calendar of collateral events makes a visit to Palazzo Strozzi a unique experience for all visitors, with particular attention dedicated to families and children. The palazzo is open year-round with a display about the history of the building, an elegant café and the design and book shop.