The property is part of a complex that dates from the 15th century. It was created by Florentine nobles, the Baroni Ricasoli family, before being expanded in the mid-19th century with a delightful portico that faces out over the grounds, along with the church on Via della Piazzuola. The expansion was carried out by the new owners, the Teresa Verzeri Congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, who used the entire complex as a residence for the nuns until 2006. As well as its educational and charitable activities, the Oasis of the Sacred Heart convent also played host over the years to many elderly people who found themselves without a home. The Congregation then decided to transfer its remaining nuns to Rome and, therefore, sold the property, which was no longer useful for its purposes.
The beauty of the fifteenth century, the technology of the new millennium.
THE “LE CURE” DISTRICT
Between the hillsides of Fiesole and the historical centre of Florence.
The district of Florence known as “Le Cure” is located to the north of the historical centre and was designed by Giuseppe Poggi, one of the architects who exerted the greatest influence on the look of modern Florence, and who had a particularly strong input into the area at the foot of the hillsides of Fiesole. The “Le Cure” district is strategically located between the hillsides of Fiesole and the historical centre of the city, meaning that it is awash with landscaped areas – one of the largest of which is the Pettini Burresi area – but also that it is very well-served with amenities, playing host as it does to the permanent “Cure” market, which is one of the most well-known and most popular markets in Florence, and which will be subject to a major urban regeneration project.
The enchantment of the Renaissance in a contemporary context .
Giving a new lease of life to the historic beauty of the Neo-Renaissance buildings and imbuing the new residences sited there with a contemporary feel, without compromise to their original values – this was the task that the group of architects selected by Spagnoli set for themselves.
If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need. (Marco Tullio Cicerone)
The grounds of the complex cover an area of 2,350 m2. Entirely surrounded by high stone walls and almost invisible from the outside, they are reserved exclusively for use by residents and serve as a bona fide green “lung” for the OASI households.