Pitti Palace

Purchased in 1550, the Palace was chosen by Cosimo I de’Medici and his wife Eleanor of Toledo as the Medici Grand Dukes’ new palace: “Pitti Palace” soon became the new symbol of the Medici’s power over Tuscany. It was also the royal palace of other two dynasties: the House of Lorraine-Habsburg (which succeeded the Medici from 1737) and the Kings of Italy of the House of Savoy, who inhabited the palace from 1865. Nonetheless the palace still bears the name of its first owner, the Florentine banker Luca Pitti that in the mid-1400s started its construction  - maybe after a design by Brunelleschi - at the foot of the Boboli hill beyond the river Arno. Today the Palace is divided into four museums: the Palatine Gallery and the Royal Apartments on the first floor; the Gallery of Modern Art on the second floor; the Treasury of the Grand Dukes on the ground floor; and the Museum of Costume and Fashion whose entrance is both from the Boboli Gardens and from the second floor. 

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