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London, United Kingdom
December 17, 2009
From journal A Quantum of Italy: Lovely Siena and Around
August 26, 2007
From journal 3 Nights in Fabulous Florence
November 26, 2005
From journal A Day in Florence
February 8, 2006
From journal 4 Months in Florence, Italy
June 30, 2001
Some of the highlights are the Vittolone, a cypress tree lane on the way to the Isolotto. The isolotto is an island in the middle of a pond, with a walkway all around containing some interesting statues. ~~~~ I also like the statue of Bacchus riding a tortoise, located near the exit. There are some great views from the cafe located inside the gardens as well. ~~~~
There is a very small charge to tour the park, and be prepared to walk up some steep gravel inclines.
From journal FLORENCE
January 30, 2002
Fountains, statues, snaking paths, and of course lots of greenery can be found. I visited the gardens just before sunset and it was the perfect way to finish my day of sightseeing.
From journal Four days in Florence and Siena
by Mary Louisa
May 16, 2001
From journal Florence for Romance
by Mary Porcher
New Haven, Connecticut
March 27, 2001
The gardens are a wonderful spot to stop and enjoy the sun on a warm spring day. There are some nice statues, fountains, and trees here. There are also cute cats to chase (we think that they keep them here in order to ward off the pigeons).
That being said, there are a few things to consider before spending time here. First, consider the temperature and your comfort level. I could imagine that this could be the sight from hell on a scorching hot summer’s day. There are too many stairs to count. You cannot simply stroll in the gardens, you must walk uphill or up stairs. By the time we reached the gardens, our legs were sore and not yet used to walking miles each day. So the stairs were just not fun. Also, don’t think that you’re going to see flowers! We only saw a few wildflowers here. These gardens are composed mostly of sculpted trees – trees that are sculpted straight up, that is. There are no complicated shapes, and no human mazes either.
The view here is lovely. It is the best view that one can get of the city while remaining in the city. The other choice for a view would be to take Bus 13 up to Michaelangelo’s Squre, where the view is the best around. That trip would require much less effort and would be cooler too (there is a nice breeze up there).
Ratings 1-10 (10 is "see this no matter what!" and 0 is "avoid it!")Jason: 8, Mary 2
From journal Five Days in Florence
November 12, 2000
From journal Italy: Living in Firenze
March 2, 2001
The reason the palace is called the Pitti Palace is because the first owner (a banker) was named Luca Pitti who began construction in 1418. The Medici's bought the property in 1550 after the marriage of the very beautiful Eleonora of Toldeo to Cosimo. You can see a painting of Eleonora in a beautiful dress in the Uffizi Museum. Somebody opened her tomb, and she was buried in the same outfit! When she was reburied the dress appeared at the costume museum here. I'd be really ticked-off if I was her! There's no doubt I'd be haunting whoever made that decison!
Anyhow, it was Eleonora's influence that created the gardens in the first place.
I can just hear her saying " Honey??? Don't you think a grotto would look lovely off to the left?"
Of course, Big Dog Cosimo wanted the best, so he hired Niccolo Pericoli who was a rival of Michelangelo. What is important for you to remember is that this design is the very basis of every single royal garden in Europe...including Versaille! The original design had the grande Grotto, the fountains and statues designed by Ammannati, the stone amplitheater used for plays and concerts, the cypress alley known as the " Vittalone", the garden of the knights where the porcelein museum now resides, and the pond of Isolotto. Later additions (1700's) were the coffee house, the lemonary, and the lawn of columns.
The gadens were not opened to the public until Pietri Leopoldo followed the French habit in 1776. Guess he didn't want heads to roll in Italy?
What a treat to wander the 14 ft. tall maze on a warm spring day! Grab a latte at the coffee house and enjoy the expansive lawn that frames the panoramic view of Florence beyond. On a sunny day you can see snow on the mountains beyond. Climb the steps to the Knights garden and sit for awhile on the low wall of the formal garden to view the green rolling hills beyond. Once warmed by the sun, we headed to the shady cypress alley that will give you virtego as you look down it. I walked in and out of the arched grapevine alleys that flank the walk down to the pond of Isolotto which is a feast for the eyes, and then circled back to the Grande Grotto.
From journal Indepth Florence--the Final words ??