- Type: Castles, Palaces & Historic Buildings
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The Boboli Gardens is a great place to enjoy a warm summer afternoon with a picnic.
Though the original, much smaller Pitti Palace was a Renaissance affair probably designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, that palazzo is completely hidden by the enormous Mannerist mass we see today. Inside is Florence's most extensive set of museums, including the Galleria Palatina, a huge painting gallery second in town only to the Uffizi, with famous works by Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, Titian, and Rubens. When Luca Pitti died in 1472, Cosimo de' Medici's wife, Eleonora of Toledo, bought this property and unfinished palace to convert into the new Medici home -- she hated the dark, cramped spaces of the family apartments in the Palazzo Vecchio. They hired Bartolomeo Ammannati to enlarge the palazzo, which he did starting in 1560 by creating the courtyard out back, extending the wings out either side, and incorporating a Michelangelo architectural invention, "kneeling windows," on the ground floor of the facade. (Rather than being visually centered between the line of the floor and that of the ceiling, kneeling windows' bases extend lower to be level with the ground or, in the case of upper stories, with whatever architectural element delineates the baseline of that story's first level.) Later architects finished the building off by the 19th century, probably to Ammannati's original plans, in the end producing the oversize rustication of its outer walls and overall ground plan that make it one of the masterpieces of Florentine Mannerist architecture.
The ticket office for the painting gallery -- the main, and for many visitors, most interesting of the Pitti museums -- is off Ammannati's excellent interior courtyard of gold-tinged rusticated rock grafted onto the three classical orders.
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- Piazza de' Pitti 1
- Piazza Pitti
- Florence 50125
- Galleria Palatina: Tues-Sun 8:15am-5:50pm; last admission 45 min. before close. Galleria d'Arte Moderna: Daily 8:15am-6:50pm. Museo degli Argenti: Nov-Feb daily 8:15am-4:30pm; Mar daily 8:15am-5:30pm; Apr-May and Oct daily 8:15am-6:30pm; June-Sept daily 8:15am-7:30pm. Giardino Boboli: Nov-Feb daily 8:15am-4:30pm; Mar daily 8:15am-5:30pm; Apr-May and Oct daily 8:15am-6:30pm; June-Sept daily 8:15am-7:30pm
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