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!
NEIGHBOURING THE FAMOUS PONTE VECCHIO, UFFIZI GALLERY AND PITTI PALACE, THE ONE WORLD APARTMENTS, FLORENCE, COMBINES CONTEMPORARY ACCOMMODATIONS WITH SEVEN
CENTURIES OF FLORENTINE HISTORY. LOCATED ON PIAZZA OGNISSANTI, WE OFFER A PROFESSIONAL STAFF DEDICATED TO IMPECCABLE SERVICE AND A ...
The Memorial is a beautiful spot amidst wooded slopes, near the Greve River and approximately 5 miles from the historic
center. Green courts with white crosses, on either side of a pylon, consist of 4,398 graves of soldiers who ...
Although the Baptistery's precise origins remain unclear, its foundations are known to date back to Roman times. The central doors
are stunning works of art, depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament and they have been called The ...
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