I spent my last full day in Italy touring the Palazzo Pitti, one of the palaces built by the de’ Medici family. In addition to some fabulous art, we have the de’ Medicis to thank for double-entry accounting to track debits and credits. Bankers worldwide are grateful.
The Palazzo Pitti — not to be confused with a pity palace — houses several excellent museums. Unfortunately, no cameras were allowed. The palazzo is also home to the Boboli Gardens where I, suffering camera withdrawal, snapped a few pics.
The gardens featured some beautiful statues…
The most interesting part of the gardens was the grotto.
The stalagtites, simultaneously creepy and beautiful, slowly engulf the statues within.
The Palazzo Pitti was much more elaborate than the Palazzo Vecchio, another de’ Medici palace I toured a couple of days ago. The family coat of arms was prevalent…
as were amazing ceilings. I am going to need a chiropractor after this trip — most of which has been spent looking up.