PITTI PALACE TOUR: LIVING AT THE COURT OF THE GRAND DUKES
The Pitti Palace stands as a strong expression of power of the Medici Dukes. The prominent family returned to Florence in the 16th and 17th centuries, after having previously led Florence through the Renaissance. They moved their household into an even larger, more extravagant palace- the Palazzo Pitti, a true symbol of wealth and influence.
We will spend time in the illustrious Palatine Gallery, once used as part of the Medici winter apartments, and now lined with the Medici art collection. The collection, all but modest, boasts walls filled with Renaissance and Baroque art, including works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Florentine artists Filippo Lippi and Andrea del Sarto, among others.
The wall to wall art collection is all displayed in the royal setting of the palace, complete with luxurious drapery, antique furniture and remnants of the monarchy.
The jewellery in the Museo degli Argenti (the Treasure of the Medici), 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.
At last, weather permitting, a relaxing walk in the Boboli Gardens, one of the first examples of an Italian garden, was laid out by Niccolo’ Tribolo: mazes, fountains, an amphitheatre, and the famous grotto by Buontalenti. Indeed the best expression of the Medici power.