|Subject: Re: Florence Art Galleries?|
Here's what we wrote in our 2003 travelogue: http://www.thetravelzine.com/it_w2003_3.htm
The Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens is our choice as the "must visit" in the city. The Palace was commissioned by Luca Pitti in 1448. Once again it was Brunelleschi who did the original plans. It was enlarged in 1549, when ownership passed to the Medici family. Many parts of the interior were undergoing renovation so our visit was limited to the Galleria Palatina and the Musei degli Argenti and delle Porcellane and the Boboli Gardens. Frankly, I don't think I could have absorbed more beauty than we saw. Each room is an amazing work of art from ceilings to floors and exquisite furnishings.
The Galleria Palatina displays the private collections of the Grand Dukes, with masterpieces from the 15th to 17th centuries. The design, decoration and art of the rooms of the Argenti just blew our minds. Every inch of space is spectacular and we found it difficult to leave one room for another.
The Boboli Gardens are probably the grandest of all Italian gardens, extending on the Boboli Hill between the palace and Fort Belvedere.
Happy Canada Day! Linda