Fashionistas all head for Pitti Immagine, the ready-to-wear trade show. But this colossus offers much more than that... Designed by Brunelleschi in the 15th century for the banker Pitti, it fell into the hands of Cosimo I, who made it the residence of the Medici dynasty. His wife, Eleanor of Toledo, enhanced the Boboli Gardens, designed by Niccolò Tribolo, who decorated and designed royal celebrations. It's a good place for a break after visiting the Pitti's six museums.
The Palatine Gallery, decorated with frescoes and trompe l'oeil stucco, exhibits works by Titian and Fra Filippo Lippi as well as masterpieces by Raphael, including The Madonna of Impannata. The silver, porcelain, and costume museums are full of treasures. After daydreaming in the royal apartments, end your visit at the Gallery of Modern Art, an irresistible haven of 18th-century decorative arts.
Piazza de'Pitti, 1
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