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Pitti Palace: a royal palace to be discovered

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Seat of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany: the Medici first, from the mid 1500s to 1737, the Hapsburg-Lorraine dynasty afterwards, it became, when Florence was briefly capital of Italy, seat of the House of Savoy, and finally, from 1919 a state museum.

The Pitti Palace is not one but an “ensemble” of museums.

The Palatine Gallery, which alone contains almost 1500 paintings, represents, among others, Raffael, Andrea del Sarto, Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck. The rooms, frescoed under the Medici in the 1600s, and those from the Lorraine period of the 1800s, are spectacular; and still within this museum, one can visit the the Royal apartments: an entire area of the palace redecorated when Florence was the capital of Italy, with silk wall coverings of different colours in each room, and containing period furniture. One visits both the grand reception rooms and private zones such as the bedroom of the Queen, that of the King, his studio, the bathroom, etc. with respective furnishings.

The Silver Museum, in origine the summer apartments of the House of Medici, contains spectacular collections of ivories, ambers, vases from the collection of Lorenzo the Magnificent, gorgeous cabinets in semi precious stone inlay and much more. The ground floor rooms of this museum were also frescoed in the 1600s. Most spectacular is the room of the muses, dedicated to Lorenzo the Magnificent.

The Gallery of Modern Art, with a collection ranging from 1784 to the first years of the 1900s. The itinerary winds through 30 rooms in which are displayed principally the collections of the 1800s, in an arc of time from Grand Duke Peter Leopold to the WW1. Many artists are represented, notably the school of the “Macchiaioli”.

The Costume Gallery, rooms inhabited by the Royal Family until the disolution of the Italian Monarchy. The 13 rooms recount the evolution of fashion from the 1700s until circa 1920.

The Carriage Museum, contains a series of Grand Ducal carriages manufactured after the return of Ferdinand III from exile. At present the museum is not open to the public.

The itineraries which we propose are of either the Palatine Gallery or of the Silver Museum, both spectacular not only for their collections but for the magnificent frescoed rooms of the 1600s.

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