Another day sightseeing in Firenze - Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens

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This day was a free day in Firenze. Heaven knows there was enough to see.

The morning started off with a leisurely walk to Pitti Palace. Along the way, you could see the San Lorenzo supermarket with the usual share of tourists and locals shopping for leather. The walk to Pitti Palace was interesting... you have to walk over the Ponte Vecchio and never in my life have I seen so many jewellry stores in one street. And the rush! It was almost like a dirtier messier unorganised version of the gold sauks one sees in Dubai. The whole area is so touristy (the road leading up to Pitti Palace) including the lovely street artists and their paintings of flowers that I'm getting used to.

The Palazzo Pitti is one of Europe's greatest artistic treasure troves with the city's most extensive set of museums embracing a painting gallery after the Uffizi.

Piazza Della Signoria
You find works by Titian, Rubens, Raphael and Andrea del Sarto. This was built in the 17th century and was the residence of the powerful Medici family that is synonymous with Firenze.

I have to say straight off the bat - I thought the entry fees for this place were expensive. Of course having seen the place, I don't think so anymore! The most important place here is the first floor Galleria Palatina. This houses one of Europe's top great art collection and shows masterpieces hung one on top of the other as in the days of the Enlightenment. The rooms are named after stars, and the Sala di Venere (Venus) was one of the most outstanding rooms I've seen in my life.  As usual, pictures weren't allowed so I had to take them on the sly.

Piazza Della Signoria
I was amazed at how colourful the ceilings are. That's one thing I was starting to love about Italy - the equal importance given to all parts of the room -= ceiling, walls and the floors. Some of the paintings on the ceiling in particular were outstanding.

From here, went to the Roayl Apartments, the Modern Art Gallery, the Gallery of Costume but skipped the Museum of Silver as this was extra charge and heaven knows I had spent enough. The whole process took about 3 hours or so, and I was dead hungry so stopped by a nearby trattoria for some excellent soup, spaghetti (yum, how do they make it SO SPICY??) and canoli (wow, that's actually fresh as f@ck ricotta cheese!  Incredible!). Seriously, I could eat all day in Italy and then complain about body fat.

Piazza Della Signoria
... food here's that good!

Anyway, back to the Pitti Palace but the choice of place this time was the 2nd spot - the Boboli Gardens.

I'm sorry but I was very disappointed by this place. I dont' know if it was because I was tired or whatever, but the gardens were more of layered steps than anything else, the flowers in some of the gardens were withered, the water was dirty and literally smelled like a pond. The problem I had with this place was that (well shoot me, I'm a tourist) it wasn't well marked, it seemed a bit all over the place and unlike other gardens I've been to, you enter right in the middle and so it's kind of confusing on where to start ,what to skip and what to miss. What I did like about the place though are the random avenues of trees leading up to statues and stuff, that was kind of cool.

Piazza Della Signoria
But sorry to say, and more importantly, sorry to compare - but as a non European tourist, the gardens I'd seen in French chateaux and in Versailles beats this hands down. The walk back to the hotel was a drag too as it was sunny and I was plain tired.

Evening was spent in surfing the internet, and went for a nice walk and had dinner in another fabulous trattoria with excellent soup and pizza. Overall another interesting if not tiring day. Got home (well, the hotel) and charged my camera for the big, big, big Kodak moment awaiting t'row....

X_Drive says:
Italy has more statues than any other country. Amazing statues!! :D
Posted on: Jul 24, 2010
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Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza Della Signoria
Piazza Della Signoria
Piazza Della Signoria
Piazza Della Signoria
Piazza Della Signoria
Piazza Della Signoria
Piazza Della Signoria
Piazza Della Signoria
The trattorias @ Piazza Della Sign…
The trattorias @ Piazza Della Sig…
Another shot of the Piazza Della S…
Another shot of the Piazza Della …
Statues by Piazza Della Signoria
Statues by Piazza Della Signoria
David by Michelangelo at Piazza …
"David" by Michelangelo at Piazza…
Pitti Palace
Pitti Palace
Inside Pitti Palace
Inside Pitti Palace
Inside Pitti Palace
Inside Pitti Palace
Inside Pitti Palace
Inside Pitti Palace
Lunch, and fabulous canolo
Lunch, and fabulous canolo
Paintings everywhere....
Paintings everywhere....
Entrance to Pitti Palace
Entrance to Pitti Palace
Entrance to Boboli Gardens
Entrance to Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
View of Pitti Palace from Boboli G…
View of Pitti Palace from Boboli …
Random shot of a sculpture at Bobo…
Random shot of a sculpture at Bob…
Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Fountain at Boboli Gardens
Fountain at Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
View of Firenze from Boboli Gardens
View of Firenze from Boboli Gardens
San Lorenzo market bustling with a…
San Lorenzo market bustling with …
Leather shoes, leather bags, they…
Leather shoes, leather bags, they…
More San Lorenzo!
More San Lorenzo!
dinner - soup!
dinner - soup!
having dessert, totally tired!
having dessert, totally tired!
The Duomo by night
The Duomo by night
Piazza della Signoria by night
Piazza della Signoria by night
Shot of the Duomo from Piazza Mich…
Shot of the Duomo from Piazza Mic…
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