THE PALACES OF THE MEDICI
Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti
Cosimo the 1st transferred the family residence to Palazzo Vecchio, the old medieval government palace standing in Piazza della Signoria since the early 14th century. While maintaining the stern appearance of a medieval fortress, the interior was refurbished entirely, becoming the private residence of the new Duke of Florence and also his political quarters. Inside we’ll visit the courtyard extravagantly decorated with fresco paintings of the mid 16th century. On the first floor, we are welcomed by the Hall of the 500, richly decorated by the artists led by the expert hand of Giorgio Vasari. On the second floor, you can admire the apartments where Cosimo and his beautiful wife Leonor di Toledo lived. We’ll finish the visit in the “Hall of maps,” a testimony of the skilled cartographers of the late 16th century.
Our visit continues at the Pitti Palace, the last and most magnificent residence of the Medici family. We’ll visit the Palatine Gallery, where a significant part of their collection of paintings is kept. Masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and Rubens, amongst others, are displayed in the beautifully decorated rooms, which eco the grandeur of the Medici court.