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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
May 5, 2011
From journal The “Cradle of the Renaissance”
February 3, 2010
From journal Four Florence Museums and an Experience
North Vancouver, British Columbia
July 13, 2006
From journal A Week in Florence
August 8, 2004
From journal The Treasures of Florence
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
September 8, 2002
I found that here, at Palazzo Pitti, you can easily get in without standing in line for several hours and there is no chaos that is so typical of Uffizi. The paintings are well placed and you can sit down and look at the walls and ceilings, you can really pay attention and not wait for crowds of tour groups to pass through so that you can come up to the painting.
When Medici bought the palace in the 16th century they laid out spectacular Boboli Gardens which are rather large and have their own entrance schedule and fees. So if you have a whole day to spare, after you visit the museums inside and still can walk, you can also venture into the Gardens where you will find besides the obvious rare trees and bushes arranged in geometric patterns an amphitheater, several fountains with sculptures, the orangery, Forte di Belvedere and the Porcelain museum in the Rose garden which is temporarily closed.
From journal Italy in May - Florence
Palatine Gallery is open: 8:30 am – 6:50 pm Tue-Sat, 8:30 am – 7 pm Sun and holidays.
Appartamenti Monumentali have the same opening hours as Palatine Gallery, closed Jan-Mar.
Museo degli Argenti is open: 8:30 am – 1:50 pm daily, closed 1st, 3rd, 5th Mon and 2nd, 4th Sun of the month.
The entrance to the museums is right in the center of this huge palace that was originally designed by Brunelleschi but then was expanded to three times its original length. Its construction started in the 15th century, continued into the 16th, and the side wings were added in the 19th century.
This is not a very famous collection of paintings but it is to some extent bigger and better than the famous Uffizi. Most of the paintings in the collection of the Palatine Gallery are from Medici collections. Here you will be genuinely impressed by the paintings of Raphael (about 15 all together and 7 of them grouped in one of the large halls), Titian (about 25, among which "Mary Magdalene" is one of the most famous in this collection; you can also see 2 copies of this portrait in the collection of Palazzo Doria-Pamphilj in Rome), Fra Bartolomeo, Botticelli, Rubens, Tintoretto, Veronese, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Perugino, Sustermans, Ghirlandaio, Reni, Lippi, Sodoma, Velazquez and many others. The rooms also have ceilings with frescoes painted by Pietro di Cortona that show the education of Medici by gods.
The apartments have all the original wall coverings, tapestries, the most beautiful chandeliers of Murano glass. All the rooms also have various tables with inlays of different types and color of wood showing exotic birds and ornaments. Galleria del Costume as its name suggests shows the history of costumes through the time starting with late 18th century and through the 1940’s. It has a very interesting collection that you can easily cover in 10 minutes.
Continued in Part II
Williams Lake, British Columbia
September 18, 2000
From journal Three days in Florence