Located between Piazza Strozzi and via Tornabuoni in the heart of Florence, Palazzo Strozzi is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture. It was commissioned by the Florentine merchant Filippo Strozzi and the foundations were laid in 1489: according to a design by Benedetto da Maiano. The project was then given to Simone del Pollaiolo, who carried on with the works.

Palazzo Strozzi is a property of the City of Florence. Since the Second World War the Palazzo has been Florence's largest temporary exhibition space; it now hosts some important cultural Institutions and the Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, which, with its beautiful seminar and conference rooms, library and offices, is located on the 5th floor.