In this post we’ve decided to advise you on a weekend in Florence and we’ve concentrated on one of the beauties of this city: palazzo Pitti, providing some basic historical information and tips on how to visit this marvelous palace. In organizing your weekend in Florence, besides reserving a B&B Florence, keep in mind one of the most important things to visit is obviously Palazzo Pitti.
The original construction of Palazzo Pitti dates from 1457 when one of the most important families of bankers in Florence, the Pitti, decided to build a residence for Luca Pitti in the popular neighborhood of Oltrarno. A century later in 1550, Eleonora of Toledo, the Spanish wife of Cosimo I de Medici, afflicted with a grave illness, perhaps tuberculosis or malaria, convinced her husband that her health would improve only if they moved to the Oltrarno area, which until that time had been populated by the masses. The Medici decided to buy Palazzo Pitti following the bankruptcy of the offspring of Luca Pitti. From that time on it became their official residence and underwent a series of renovations that amplified the palace up to three times its original size. Today Palazzo Pitti represents one of the most important buildings in Florence, where all the art collections of the Medici and Lorraine dynasties are on display.
Your weekend in Florence is nearly ready, the B&B Florence is set, you’ve reserved the train or plane and the two-day plan is ready and you now know about Palazzo Pitti…don’t forget to visit the splendid Boboli gardens directly behind the palazzo where you’ll have a great view of Florence.