This is a mind-bogglingly huge palace, filled with artwork, and the gardens, which stretch up a hill behind it, are gorgeous. When Napoleon was in Italy he chose this as his residence, and no wonder. It's pretty hideous on the outside but the interior is gigantic and beyond extravagant. It's worth spending an entire day here, and there is a cafeteria with very reasonable prices, especially if you order at the counter.
I'm not sure how many rooms this place has, but the first and second floors seemed to have an endless succession of stunning rooms with so much artwork in each, and by just about every old master you could name, that it was difficult to take everything in. The rooms themselves were astounding, marble everywhere, and all of the ceilings had elaborate reliefs and giant murals. A few rooms had unbelievable window dressings and antique furniture.
The gardens in the back stretch up a hill with charming paths running all over the place, and down on the bottom be sure to see the grotto. Because the grounds run right up a hill there's a lot of uphill hiking, but if you save the grotto to last you'll be relieved to see you can exit without any further climbing.
The artwork in here was so exceptional, the rooms so sumptuous, and the garden so refreshing, that if you're short on time I'd recommend this even above the Uffizi Gallery.
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