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9 ways Florence inspires yacht designers

9 ways Florence inspires yacht designers

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Luca Dini Design – Florence’s Renaissance architecture

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Luca Dini admires Florence’s Renaissance architecture

“Of course Florence is internationally known for its artistic and architectural treasures; everybody knows about the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and Michelangelo's David. Countless people travel thousands of miles to see Florence’s famous works but there are also some very special masterpieces that are not often part of the tourist itineraries.

The abbey church of San Miniato al Monte (pictured on previous slide), located in one of the highest points of Florence, is one of the best examples of Florentine Romanesque architecture. Its construction began around the year 1000 but continued through several centuries and is the perfect example of how to balance many different precious materials.

La Certosa (pictured), located in the Florence outskirts on Mount Acuto, has played a very important role in many of my projects. Its designer, Le Corbusier, was inspired by the building’s wonderful setting and is particularly famous for its smart management of small spaces - an issue that has to be constantly tackled in my work as a yacht designer.

Finally Villa Le Corti, the 15th Century stately home located in the middle of the Tuscan countryside, has also had a great influence on me. There is nothing superfluous, unnecessary or out of place on this beautiful villa; only perfect proportions, elegance and rigour in architectural design which are crucial features in the development of my executive projects."

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