Florence: Palazzo Pitti
I can’t quite decide on the word I would use to describe Palazzo Pitti–the Pitti Palace. Opulent would work. So would sumptuous. Decadent? Yep, that would be good too. All are appropriate descriptors.
Palazzo Pitti is Florentine Renaissance wealth in a nutshell: money, power, and lots of art. Home base for the powerful Medici family, Palazzo Pitti is located in the Oltrarno section of Florence, just a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio.
One all inclusive ticket will get you into the palace, plus the Boboli Gardens. On this day, I just toured the palace. Give yourself around three hours to take it all in.
Now one of the largest museums in Florence, the Palazzo Pitti is great stop to soak up the lifestyles of Renaissance rich and famous: namely the Medici family, although a few hundred years later even Napoleon called this place home.
Art lovers will want to make time for the impressive Palatine Gallery, with its maze of Renaissance works.
I’ve been to a palace or too–including Buckingham Palace–but for pure wow factor, it’s hard to beat Palazzo Pitti. Consider a visit while touring Florence.
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