Upon reading the description of Pitti Palace, "The building itself is mammoth, holding several different museums. You'll walk through one palatial, chandeliered room after another, walls sagging with masterpieces. . . " Julie and I let out a collective groan. Apparently there was a limit to how many museums a person can visit on a trip to Italy. Needless to say, Julie and I had reached that limit. So we opted for the garden of Pitti Palace - Boboli Garden.
Boboli Garden was designed in the 16th century. It covers 11.1 acres of land. It even houses a museuem, the Museso delle Porcellane. The museum holds a collection of precious European porcelain used by the reigning families that lived in Pitti Palace.
The gardens were just what Julie and I were looking for. We could be outside, enjoying the sunny, warm day and wander around at our leisure.
Detail from the exterior of Pitti Palace My *favorite* thing in Boboli Gardens were these drinking fountains. They were only about the size of a pair of cupped hands. These fountains were scattered about the Gardens. Wonderful, huh? View of Florence at the bottom of the Garden
* Quoted text from Rick Steves' Best of Europe 2009. I love this book.