Le Pagliere and Giardino delle Scuderie Reali
The Pagliere building is a complex of great architectural importance, of a unique type in the Florence building landscape. It is constituted by a long central body organized on two levels, with two lateral wings which qualify as foreparts, articulated on three levels. The prospect is characterized by an arcade on Machiavelli avenue and another one on the Porta Romana garden, with wide windows with baked clay grids.
The ground floor, now divided by partitions, was originally one large hall which hosted horses, marked by pillars and covered by cross vaults. The upper floor, introduced by the loggia, was used as a warehouse for hay. It received air through the arch openings, with the characteristic architectural pattern of the baked clay grids.
From 1932 to 1959 the monumental backcloths were painted at the Pagliere, where artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Felice Casorati, Cipriano Efisio Oppo, Gino Severini, Toti Scialoja and Mario Sironi used to come to check the execution of their projects.
The complex of the Fabbric of the Royal Stables (Scuderie Reali) was built when Florence was a capital city, between 1866 and 1869, because of the Court’s need for larger stables, which could host horses and the quarters of the staff.
It includes the wide green area surrounded by the Boboli Garden, della Pace and del Mascherino streets, Machiavelli avenue and Porta Romana, where the Scuderie buildings, at the moment site of the Art Institute, and the Pagliere, used as Museum of the Figurative Arts of the 20th century, are located.
How To Reach Le Pagliere
The Pagliere is located in Viale Machiavelli, 24 Florence.
BY BUS The place can be reached by bus including ATAF Bus 12 or 13 from the main railway station and other stops, or on foot. If you take the bus down, be sure to go back on Bus 12. The bus in the other direction wanders all over town. Your bus ticket is good for 90 minutes.
BY CAR FROM Rome A1 (highway) and Milano/Pisa/Bologna (A1 / A11)
1) Exit at "Firenze Impruneta" and start out going north on Strada Regionale Cassia/Via Cassia/SR2 toward Via di Colle Ramole. Continue to follow Strada Regionale Cassia/SR2
2) Strada Regionale Cassia/SR2 becomes Via Senese
3) Turn slight right onto Via del Gelsomino
4) Turn left onto Viale del Poggio Imperiale
5) Enter next roundabout and take the 1st exit onto Viale Niccolò Machiavelli
6) The Pagliere will be on your left after 500 meters
Participants arriving on Frecciarossa/Frecciargento or Italo high speed trains from Milan, Rome and Venice, at Florence's main station (Santa Maria Novella), can reach the location by taxis available in front of the main entrance (Piazza Stazione). Buses 12 and 13 reach Pagliere in 30 minutes.