The Pitti Palace

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.

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The de’Medicis weren’t royalty, but you wouldn’t know it when you pull up to the Palazzo Pitti. The exterior features the royal symbol of the lion — each one different. Here are just two.

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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.

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The gardens featured some beautiful statues…

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but also what is, in my I-am-not-an-art-aficionado opinion, the ugliest statue in Florence. Poor turtle.

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The most interesting part of the gardens was the grotto.

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The stalagtites, simultaneously creepy and beautiful, slowly engulf the statues within.

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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…

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as were amazing ceilings. I am going to need a chiropractor after this trip — most of which has been spent looking up.

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