Halfway through the 15th Century Luca Pitti entrusted Brunelleschi with a large building project in the Boboli hills. Work ... More
Halfway through the 15th Century Luca Pitti entrusted Brunelleschi with a large building project in the Boboli hills. Work began in 1457 but was only completed after the middle of the 16th Century by the Medici who brought it from Pitti who went bankrupt in the process of trying to outdo the palatial splendor. The building was enlarged, the interior decorated luxuriously and the Boboli hills were landscaped into gardens. It then became the residence of the Lorena family who constructed, in the 18th Century, two lateral wings with porticoes which came round either side of the central piazza. It was the residence of Vittorio Emanuele II when Florence was the capital from 1865 to 1871. In 1919, it became state property and visitors were permitted entry to the Royal Apartments, the Galleria Palatina, the Museo degli Argenti, the Galleria d'Arte Moderna, the Galleria del Costume, the Museo delle Porcellane, the Museo delle Carrozze and the Giardino di Boboli. Temporary exhibitions are shown in the White Room.
Enjoyed the Palatine Gallery here more than the Uffizi. The paintings coincide with the decor of the rooms, and the effects are overwhelming.
The 25 rooms presented massive murals, stunning chandeliers, colorful silk wall coverings, marble doorways, bold portraits, and beautiful frescoes on most ceilings.
The largest home in the US (the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC) has approximately 175,000 square feet. This former residence of the Medici family (designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1458) is almost twice that size.
Visiting Pitti Palace and the adjacent Boboli Gardens (separate fees), topped by dinner at Alle Murate, made for our best day in Florence. Be sure to cross the Arno and experience the Palace.
This was a beautiful find in Florence. A nice break from the museums and crowds. It is a huge palace, rich in ornate art and architecture. The gardens and grounds outside offer a quiet, peaceful place to relax. Take a bottle of wine and a picnic and enjoy this gem!
Situated inside the Boboli gardens, this collection consists mainly of table porcelain used by the Grand Ducal and Royal households
of the Medici, Lorena and Savoy families. The collection is divided by national origin and by manufacturer: Italian and ...
Hotel Berchielli is located in the historical centre of the city. It stands on the right bank of the River
Arno just moments walk away from the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Piazza Signoria and the famous Brunelleschi ...
The Accademia Gallery is perhaps best known for Michelangelo's David, removed after four centuries from Piazza Signoria, now exhibited in
a specially constructed hall. Other works by Michelangelo include some of his Slave series and his sculpture of San ...
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