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!
The Medici family reserved rooms for their prestigious collection during use of the gallery as magistrate's court in the 1700s.
Made up of 40 rooms, the gallery contains works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Botticelli's Birth of Venus ...
Florence Hotel Alba Palace, entirely renovated, is behind Piazza Santa Maria Novella. It is in the central area of town,
close to the railway station and the center's monuments. The furniture is in classical style, and the rooms are ...
The monumental complex at Caserta, created by the Bourbon king Charles III in the mid 18th century to rival Versailles
and the Royal Palace in Madrid, is exceptional for the way in which it brings together a magnificent palace ...