JOURNAL : June 22, 2002
|Series||Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens|
Boboli Gardens are spread out upon the mild hills behind the Pitti Palace. While the Palace itself has an fascinating history and is filled with evidence of its fame, our mood edged us towards a stroll through the gardens.
Nonetheless I picked up an illustrated history of the Medici Family in a bookshop on the grounds. Allow me to regurgitate thusly: Construction on Pitti Palace began in 1458 by Luca Pitti, a buddy of patriarch Cosimo de'Medici (The Elder) and acquired a century later for his descendants by the gorgeous Eleonora di Toledo, wife of Cosimo I de'Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who finished construction and created Boboli Gardens in back.
The palace has been occupied by the Kings of Italy and Napoleon and other personages of historical significance, and contains four museums and various galleries with many famous works.
The grounds are extensive. Lots of walkways and grassy areas up the slope. It's pretty quiet — a great place to read or relax the day away. We ambled about and soaked up the sun.
Florence from Boboli Gardens
On one side is a good view of the skyline of Florence, including the Duomo, Campanile and Palazzo Vecchio. On the other all gentle hills dotted with traditional Mediterranean architecture. The lingering aura of that talented aristocracy still permeated Tuscany.
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June 22, 2002
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Boboli Gardens, Pitti PalaceView All Sizes
Pitti Palace from Boboli GardensView All Sizes