Alessandra Gardin

Florence tourist guide

PITTI PALACE E BOBOLI GARDEN


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Do reserve a visit of the Pitti Palace, the last residence of the Medici family, with your private licensed guide and art expert. The massive structure of the building with its large rusticated masonry façade, does not help in realizing the gorgeous and amazing decoration of the rooms and the richness of the collections of the several museums hosted inside. The most important is surely the Galleria Palatina (Palatina Gallery) a rich collection of paintings (some of the most famous paintings by Raphael and Titian are preserved here), statues, decoration, pieces of furniture, tables with astonishing table tops, shown in the rooms where once grand dukes and grand duchesses, but even kings and queens lived.
Do not miss, at the ground floor, the Museo degli Argenti, the collection of jewels and precious objects and items once belonged to the Medici and, after them, to the Lorraine Augsburg. When Elisa Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister, lived in the palace as the grand duchess of Tuscany, she increased the decoration and the artistic production, founding special schools for training young artisans. During the time when Florence became the capital of Italy (before the Unification, 1865-1871) the Royal family Savoy lived in the palace. The rich mark of renovation according to their taste is still visible in the gorgeous Royal Apartments in the southern wing of the building. The astonishing Galleria d'Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery) at the second floor, offers an unavoidable reference point for XIX and XX century italian art esteemators. Here some of the most famous paintings by the Macchiaioli, precursors of the Impressionists, and by others important painters, including Morandi, De Pisis, and the Futurists are preserved. From the large windows of the Pitti Palace we can admire the impressive view of the Boboli Garden, designed for Eleonora di Toledo and Cosimo I by Tribolo and Buontalenti. The garden is an open air museum which develops through 45.000 square metres up to the ancient walls of Porta Romana (the southern gate). If the weather is good do chose a nice walk through green avenues and little paths, admiring the artificial grottos, the fountains, the ancient statues, the pretty buildings and the orchards.