The Riccardi family soon
left their mansion in Via Valfonda and moved into their new residence. The
marquis Gabbriello immediately launched a series of renovations, extensions
and internal decorations. These operations were guided by two general principles:
the exterior was to respect the tradition imposed by the Renaissance
style of the Medici edifice, while the interiors were to be adapted to the Baroque
pomp which was in vogue at the time.
The architectural work extended over a span of sixty years, divided into four essential phases.