PITTI PALACE TOUR: LIVING AT THE COURT OF THE MEDICI GRAND DUKES
We go back in time and visit the fascinating residence of the Medici Grand Dukes on the left side of the Arno River. Palazzo Pitti (often called Pitti Palace in English), divided into the summer and the winter residence, belonged to the Pitti family and was then bought by Grand Duchess Eleanor of Toledo, when the Pitti had already decayed. Today, the palace houses several museums. Our private visit of Pitti Palace includes the Renaissance paintings in the Palatine Gallery, the jewellery in the Museo degli Argenti (the Treasure of the Medici), and a relaxing walk in the magnificent Boboli Gardens.
THE PALATINE GALLERY: THE MEDICI FAMILY COLLECTION
Let’s have first a historical introduction outside the palace and inside the courtyard to understand how was the court’s life at the time of the Medici. A tour of the Palatine Gallery is a must see. In Baroque style, the silk-covered walls display numerous famous paintings. Indeed, the gallery boasts many works by Raphael (such as the Madonna della Seggiola and the Velata), Titian, Caravaggio, Giorgione, and Botticelli. There are also many masterpieces by Flemish, French and English artists. Due to the quality and the fine decoration of the collection, the gallery has a particular sense of uniqueness and distinctiveness. The Palatine Gallery also houses the Royal Apartments, where the Savoia family lived when Florence was the Capital city.
THE TREASURE OF THE MEDICI & THE BOBOLI GARDENS
The Museo degli Argenti is also known with the name “Treasure of the Medici”. It contains a collection of priceless silver jewels and works in semi-precious gemstones, many of them from the collection of Lorenzo il Magnifico, Lawrence the Magnificent, including his collection of ancient vases. The frescoes on the walls are really worth seeing! They date back to the 17th century and they are a great slice of life at the time of the Medici court. We conclude our visit with a tour of the Boboli Gardens. Among the first examples of an Italian garden, this incredible garden was laid out by Niccolo’ Tribolo: mazes, fountains, an amphitheatre, and the famous grotto by Buontalenti. Indeed, a fascinating walk for all!
How long? 4 hours
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