Reasons to Recommend: Palazzo Pitti in Florence is a Renaissance palace built by the Pitti family and now consists of the Royal Apartments, Palatine Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Boboli Gardens, Costume Museum, Porcelain Museum and Silver Museum composition. The Pitti Palace is located on the south bank of the Arno River, very close to the Old Bridge and can be reached in about 10 minutes. Palazzo Pitti was originally the residence of the Florentine banker Luca Pitti, later purchased by the Medici family and served as the main residence of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Over the generations, the Pitti Palace has stored a large amount of paintings, jewels and valuable treasures. Later, in the late 18th century, the Pitti Palace was used as the center of Napoleon Bonaparte's power, and the unified new Italian royal family also briefly lived here. The palace and the collection were later donated to the Italian people and opened to the public as the largest art gallery in Florence. From the central courtyard of the palace, you can first access the Royal Apartments on the right. It was a series of rooms that were incredibly ornately furnished and housed, each with a different dominant colour, from teal to deep burgundy, colourful, rich and luxurious. The roofs of many rooms have frescoes painted with myths and legends, where the Medici family lived and entertained guests. Palatine Gallery The Palatine Gallery is located on the left side of the first floor of the Pitti Palace and was originally the residence of the Grand Duke of the Medici. The works of many well-known artists from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods are exhibited here, including Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens, Titian, etc. Although not as famous as the Uffizi Gallery, for tourists who love Renaissance art, the famous masterpieces in the Pitti Palace are not to be missed. The museum consists of 28 rooms, each room is equipped with a guide book, which introduces the author, theme and brief content of each work in the room. After reading, you can put it back on the shelf. The private collection here is all framed and hung in a lavishly designed palace from the 17th century, and the paintings echo the background, which is also a visual feast. The exhibits here are not classified according to the artist or the age of the works like other art galleries, but try to retain the original style. Therefore, when visiting, you will find that there may not be many rules to follow, and the works of the same artist may be scattered in different rooms. It is said that there are a total of 11 original Raphael works in the collection, mainly small portraits. Raphael is known for being good at painting the Virgin, and here is his classic "The Virgin in the Chair". The prototype of "Girl in a Shawl" is Raphael's lover. This painting can be called Raphael's version of "Mona Lisa". The girl in the painting is dressed in a luxurious dress and white gauze, revealing a mysterious Smile. Caravaggio's works can also be found in galleries, and these paintings once again prove his good use of light and shadow. If Raphael is the representative of the Renaissance, Caravaggio is the representative of the Baroque period. His life is full of legends, his personality is bright and flamboyant, and he is always on the run. "Sleeping Cupid" and "Tooth Puller" are his works on the run. Botticelli's "Simonetta the Beautiful", Titian's "Philip II of Spain", and Rubens' "Four Philosophers" are all exhibited here. After visiting the Palatine Museum of Modern Art, you can go straight to the Modern Art Museum on the second floor. It used to be the library of the Medici family in the Pitti Palace. Now it shows Italy from the 19th century to before the First World War. Art works, the exhibits are mainly paintings, and there are also a few sculptures. In order to facilitate the interpretation of the audience, works with the same theme will be grouped. As soon as I entered the door, I saw a neoclassical work. The representative of the sculpture was "The Abandoned Psyche" created by the neoclassical sculptor Pietro. Psyche's head drooped slightly, and his eyes revealed sadness. The sad scene when she was abandoned by Cupid. One of the more representative paintings is "The Duke of Athens Expelled from Florence" by Stefano. The painting depicts Gualtieri, Duke of Athens, being driven away by the Florentines in 1343. Boboli Garden If you choose Boboli Garden, you can go to the silverware museum on the first floor first. Although the name is Silverware Museum, it actually displays treasures of various materials, including various amber, ivory and hard stone pieces collected by the Medici family. For example, the crown produced by Cartier in 1900 contains amethyst and diamonds. and platinum. Then visit the Costume Exhibition Hall, which displays thousands of costumes and jewelry from the 16th century to the 20th century. It is also a museum in Italy that displays fashion in different periods. Exhibits rotate every 2-3 years. The museum is also a constantly updated museum, and many private collectors also donate their collections to the museum. In the corridors of the Pitti Palace, you can see the Boboli Gardens behind the palace through the windows. The Boboli Garden is a world-renowned ancient Roman-style gardening garden. In the early 14th century, the Boboli Gardens was the private courtyard of the Medici family, where they held grand musical parties during festivals. After the purchase of the garden by Cosimo I and his wife, it has been renovated and expanded many times over the generations to get what it is today. There are many sculptures in the garden, like an open-air museum. The amphitheater goes up the stone steps, first to the amphitheatre. The Egyptian obelisk standing in the middle of the theater and the Roman stone basin in front of it were moved from the Medici Villa in Rome. The surrounding stands are decorated with different statues. That year, the Medici family held a grand performance here. Walking down the steps to the end, you can see Sebastian Salvini's work "Goddess of Harvest". The goddess holds gilded ears of wheat in her hands, blessing the farmers with good harvests and blessings for the rulers here. From an elevated position at the southern end of the garden, there is a splendid panorama of the palace as well as views of the Florentine countryside. A vast Tuscan pastoral scenery is presented in front of your eyes, making people sigh that the garden designers have combined artificial and natural so beautifully. If you don't enter the garden at the Pitti Palace, you can only say that you have missed the natural beauty of Florence. There is a small house on the top platform. It used to be the place where the owner rested on the mountain. Now it is a porcelain museum. There are many fine china from the East in the museum.