An old view of Florence on a postcard of the Piazza della Verzaia, showing the medieval walls that still surrounded Florence. The photo would have had to be made before c. 1865, for when Florence was the Capital of Italy (1865-1871), the city walls were demolished.
You can find great info on Florence’s walls here: http://www.firenze-oltrarno.net/english/arte/mura.php
Today’s Excelsior Hotel in Florence looks like this
It was originally named the Grand Hotel de la Ville, seen here in an old postcard from the late 19th-century.
The location of the palazzo which has housed hotels with several names, has always been prime real estate in beautiful Firenze.
Piazza della Signoria, Firenze. Fase animata di partita di Calcio Storico Fiorentino. Foto del 1931.
From the book by Clara Louise Dentler:
Where Greenough lived, worked, or exhibited in Florence:
- in a villa a mile out of Florence, thought to be opposite the Collegio della Querce on Via Piazzola
- he built a beautiful octagonal studio for the exhibition of his works at the corner of Piazza della Liberta’ (then called Piazza Maria Antonietta) and Via Santa Caterina
- places he lived include Casa le Blanc on Costa San Giorgio; Palazzo Pucci-Baciocchi on Via de’ Pucci; and the popular Villa Brichieri.
Firenze. Loggia dell’Orcagna. Cart. Inv. nel 1910.