Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

Next day we began with the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. These were the Medici's out-of-town, i.e., across the river, estate.
Facade of Pitti Palace, typically imposing but not well

Interior courtyard

View of Boboli Gardens from Palace

The one painting we really liked, Rubens' Effects of War

Palace from gardens

Ditto, higher up, with Florence in the distance; the gardens
are OK but no comparison with others we have seen in Italy;
not to mention France, the UK, etc.

The Medicis, like other nobility of the age,
liked to surround themselves with wonders
and curiosities, among them dwarfs, who
evidently ate pretty well and got to ride around
on turtles

The Pitti Palace also has a museum of modern
art, which we skipped; we hoped the treasury
would rival Dresden's Green Rooms; not; but
they did have this Arcimboldo-esque figure

The Palace also has a fashion/costume
museum, which we hoped would rival that
in the Victoria and Albert; not even close;
but Vicki said to take a picture of this

Overall, we were not so impressed with the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens.

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