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Pitti Palace
Situated at the foot of the Boboli hill in the piazza called "Diladdarno", it was constructed by Brunelleschi by the wishes of Luca Bonaccorso, in the second half of 1400.
The first construction of the Palace was much smaller than that which was ordered, having only 2 covered floors with stone ashlars. In the course of the centuries which followed, various modifications were made to achieve what the Palace is today. In 1550 Cosimo of the Medici's purchased it as a family residence and commissioned Bartholomew Ammannati to design the porticoed courtyard and the large windows referred to as kneeling. The gardens called Boboli gardens, which get their name from the same hill, were done by a project given to Niccolò Tribolo. In 1565, Vasari designed an elevated corridor in order to arrive in the Piazza of the Signoria. In 1618 work continued with Giulio of Paris and the building was elongated with an additional two bodies on two floors. It was then that the Grand Duke Ferdinand II called in artists like Giovanni da Sangiovanno and Pietro da Cortona to render the Palace a real palace for the occasion of his wedding to Vittoria della Rovere.
It was in 1700 that the realization of the last addition to Palazzo Pitti was made. Pietro Leopoldo, in fact, commissioned Gaspare Maria Paoletti and Pasquale Pocciani to design the little palace of Meridiana in neo-classic style. Today, Palazzo Pitti houses many important museums (Silver, Porcelain, Costume, Carriage, and the Boboli Gardens) through which one can recapture the magnificence and splendor of an époque from long ago.
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Suggested Hotels

Hotel Villa Stanley
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4 stars
Hotel degli Orafi
Lungarno Archibusieri, 4
Zone: Uffizi
Formerly an Augustinian convent, this building has the remains of an ancient medieval tower, later destroyed by the “Ghibellinis” in 1260

B&B Mia Palace
B&B Mia Palace
3 stars
B&B Mia Palace
Via della Fonderia 8
Zone: San Frediano, Palazzo Pitti
Mia Palace is a nice and cheap B&B located in San Frediano discrict,short distance from the historic center.

Astrid Hotel Firenze
Astrid Hotel Firenze
3 stars
Astrid Hotel Firenze
Via Fiume, 17
Zone: San Lorenzo, Fortezza da Basso, Santa Maria Novella
Astrid Hotel is a new renoved Hotel located in the historic center.

Hotel Giglio
3 stars
Hotel Giglio
Via Cavour, 85
Zone: San Lorenzo
Florence Hotel Giglio is located in an historic building on Via Cavour, a popular main street in the center of Florence.


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From 21/09/2017
To 21/01/2018
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From 19/05/2017
To 02/05/2018
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"The Medici Dynasty Show"
"The Medici Dynasty Show"
From 24/10/2017
To 06/01/2018
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Leonardo Bruni. Humanism in Florence
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From 13/10/2017
To 05/01/2018
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Leonardo Bruni. Humanism in Florence
Leonardo Bruni. Humanism in Florence
From 13/10/2017
To 05/01/2018
The exhibition pays tribute to Leonardo Bruni (1370 / 75 - 1444) chancelor of the Repubblica di Firence and one of the best humanists in his time. In the enchanting environment of the Medicean Library designed by Michelangelo.
Le Cirque with the World’s Top Performers
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From 04/01/2018
To 07/01/2018
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