Pitti Palace or Pity Palace?

Our last day in Florence was a short one. We had to leave the city and take a train to Pisa, for our flight departed from there. But, as we hadn’t really done much on the day before and we wanted to visit at least one other museum, we decided to spend the morning in Florence before getting on a train.

There were two museums we wanted to visit. I really wanted to go to Galleria dell academia but boyfriend had read some things about Pitti Palace so instead, we decided to go there. Unfortunately, it was kind of a bummer.

The Palazzo Pitti was yet another building owned by the Medici family. In 1550, Cosimo I de Medici bought the building to be the new Grand Ducal residence. Nowadays it houses four different museums: the Treasury of the Grand Dukes on the ground floor, the Palatine Gallery and the Imperial and Royal Apartments on the first floor and the Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Costume and Fashion on the second floor.

We bought combi tickets to the museums beforehand and after arriving, we found out that our tickets didn’t include the Boboli gardens, so we quickly bought tickets to visit those too. The museum was only open in the morning so we went down early to have enough time to look around.

We didn’t see everything, however. Somehow we missed the ground floor, I think maybe it was closed due to corona. So we started on the first floor: the Palatine Gallery and the Imperial and Royal appartments.

The palatine gallery was the most impressive museum, with its antique statues. It looked a whole lot like a small, less impressive version of the Uffizi. It was the palace itself that amazed me the most. Again, there were gorgeous ceiling paintings and the building felt royal and impressive.

The same goes for the royal appartments. The building was exceptionally beautiful, with gorgeous floors, ceilings and interesting wallpaper. Though these really weren’t my style. There was just too much of it. There were so many paintings on every wall that it was impossible to focus on just one of them, which really is too bad, because I’m sure there were pretty paintings there, but they just did not get the attention and space they deserved.

There was also an exhibition on old books, which is something I absolutely adore. Most of them were songbooks and honestly, all of them looked a lot alike. I can’t read Latin so after seeing and admiring a book or two, the rest is just more of the same.

I was very much confused by the museums on the top floor. There was the museum of modern art which displayed artworks from the 17th and 18th century, which isn’t modern art at all. Though I’ve got to say that there were some pretty statues and paintings to be found here.

Before we headed towards the modern art section, we visited the ‘museum of costume and fashion’, but that one was just one big joke. There were mostly statues of feet and then clothes and shoes that were made in the 1900s. Some were even made after I was born. I don’t see why that should belong into a museum, they weren’t impressive at all either.

So yeah, this museum was a bummer. There were some pretty paintings and statues but it really wasn’t worth it, if you ask me. You should rather buy tickets to the Uffizi and then single tickets to the Boboli gardens, and skip the Pity Palace altogether. The Boboli Gardens are part of the palace but you can enter them with a different ticket. I’d suggest to visit those. They really made my day!

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