Wednesday was a cool 96 degrees so, again, a bunch of us from school headed out in the afternoon with my l’insegnante (teacher), Viviena. Today we headed to the Palazzo Pitti.
The Palazzo dates back to the mid-1400’s and was commissioned by a Florentine banker, Luca Pitti, and later was one of the homes of the Medici family and many subsequent rich and famous families of Tuscany. The art and sculptures slowly amassing over time, primarily through the Medicis.
Napolean used the palace as one of his bases in the 18th century and eventually it fell into the hands of the Italian government and King Victor Emmanuel III donated it to the Italian people in the early 1900’s and it became the art gallery that it is today.
The Palatine Gallery is located in the main receiving rooms of the palazzo and includes paintings by Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.
Then there there are the adjoining Royal Apartments which were used by the Medici family and the Gallery of Modern Art, the qualifier here is that anything after the renaissance is considered “modern” in Italian terms.
There are also the Boboli Gardens (formal) that I need to make sure to see before I leave Firenze. Like many grand homes in Italy, the ceilings alone are worth going to see! Unfortunately, no pictures allowed!
As it was a slighter cooler day (!), when I got back to the hotel I visited the rooftop bar for a prosecco!