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PALAZZO PITTI - Florence

PALAZZO PITTI - Florence

When the Pitti , a wealthy merchant family asked Brunelleschi to design the family home, they did not have modesty in mind. Great rivals of the Medici, there is not a little irony in the fact that their grandiloquence would one day be sacrificed to the bank account. Begun in 1458, the palace was acquired in 1549 by Eleanora di Toledo, wife of Cosimo I de’ Medici. She had it expanded by adding two wings and the Medici, followed later by the grand dukes of Lorraine, made it their home. In the late 19th century it became a residence of the Savoy royal family, who graciously presented it to the state in 1919.

The palace now houses four museums. The Galleria Palatina (Palatine Gallery) houses the paintings from the 16th to 18th centuries, which are hung in lavishly decorated rooms. The works were collected by the Medici and artists including Raphael, Filippo Lippi, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese and Rubens are represented. It is a large collection and if visits to the Uffizi, Accademia and Bargello haven’t yet worn You out, try to spend at least half a day in the Galleria Palatina. The apartments of the Medici and later of the Savoy, show the splendour in which the rulers lived. The other three galleries are worth a look if You have plenty of time. The Galleria d’Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery) covers Tuscan works from the 18th until the mid-20th century and the Museo degli Argenti (Silver Museum), entered from the garden courtyard, has a collection of glassware, silver and semiprecious stones from Medici collections. The Galleria del Costume (Costume Gallery) has costumes from the 18th and 19th centuries. Or You can take a break in the palace’s Renaissance Giardino di Boboli, laid out in the mid-16th century and based on a design by the architect known as Il Tribolo. Buontalenti’s noted artificial grotto, with a Venus by Giambologna , is interesting. The star-shaped Forte di Belvedere, built in 1590 at the southern end of the gardens, is worth a look.

 
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