After enduring the heaving chaos around the Duomo of Santa Maria del Flore, we escaped to the relative calm and peace of Palazzo Pitti. It's only a short walk over the Ponte Vecchio (Florence is surprisingly compact) and a great place to visit.
We'd planned to also do the Boboli Gardens, but ran out of time as there is so much to see in the Palazzo. A glimpse of the gardens through the window was all that we saw. In all, we were in Palazzo Pitti for over three hours and could've stayed there even longer. It cost €16 for a ticket, but you certainly get your money's worth.
We particularly enjoyed the Galleria Palatina, the art gallery, which contains countless masterpieces by Botticelli, Perugino and Titian, amongst many others. The Apparamenti Reali, the royal apartments, we didn't enjoy quite as much. We didn't even get as far as the costume gallery, given that time ran out.
What really comes across is the fabulous wealth of the Medici, as it is a quite unbelievable collection of art. It makes most other galleries look quite tame.
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