on August 8, 2004
The Appartamenti Monumentali (former Reali) - the Pitti's state rooms, renovated by the dukes of Lorraine in the 18th century, and then again by the King Vittorio Emanuele when Florence was the capital of the Kingdom of Italy (1865-71).
The museum is located in the right-hand wing (same hours and ticket as Galleria Palatina). This series of state apartments, most of them decorated in the 19C by the Dukes of Lorraine, are notable particularly for their numerous portraits of the Medici by Sustermans, the Flemish painter who was appointed to the Medici court in 1619 and remained in their service until his death in 1681. On display also a fine group of 18th century tapestries.
The rooms contain the furniture of the periods; and Appartamenti Monumentali is one of the few museums where you allowed to sit on it! You mustn't look down the whole time – the ceiling frescoes are fantastic!
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