In less than a month, I'll be on my way back to Italy! Most of my time will be spent in Umbria, but I'll have three days in Firenze before I fly home from there. That's so little time to spend in Florence, a city that I really love, and one of these years I'll dedicate an entire trip to this city of wonderful art. (And of wonderful shopping -- I think Florence is a mecca for shoppers and I have a long list of items that I can only find there. Good leather gloves and leather eyeglass cases, to name just a few!)
And the museums in Florence! I'm having a hard time narrowing my choices to just a few. The Museo in San Marco is an absolute necessity, I have to see the Fra Angelico frescoes again. And I have a reservation at the Uffizi. which apparently has mounted a special exhibition on Giotto.
I also have my heart set on visiting the Palazzo Pitti again, where I can once more see Caravaggio's Sleeping Cupid. (shown above)
It has been several years since I visited the Palazzo Pitti and it's wonderful Palatine Gallery, with works including Guido Reni's The Young Bacchus and The Holy Family by Andrea del Sarto (shown here.)
I think to make the most of this visit, I'll register for Context:Florence's session: The Pitti Palace. I've taken a few of Context:Rome's walking tours and find them really enjoyable. The style is serious, the groups are small and while these sessions are pricier than some other walking tours, I think the money is very well spent.
My only reservation about The Pitti Palace session is that it begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, the last day of my holiday.Yikes! I'm very bad at getting up at a decent hour on holidays (or any other time) but I want to mend my ways and this will certainly force me down that road! Here are a few details of the Context:Florence tour at the Palazzo Pitti:
"The Pitti Palace, and the amazing art collections contained within, stands as a strong expression of power of the Medici Dukes, who returned to power in Florence in the 16th and 17th centuries, after having previously led Florence through its most prolific period, the Renaissance. During their second rule, the new branch of Medici (conveniently linked to the older generation through a distant relative) transformed Florence into a monarchy, becoming the Dukes of Tuscany and undisputed rulers of Florence. Upon their 16th century rise to power, the Medici duchy family moved their household into an even larger, more extravagant palace- the Palazzo Pitti.
"The majority of our time will be spent picking apart the illustrious Palatine Gallery, once used as part of the Medici winter apartments, and now lined with the Medici art collection. The collection, all but modest, boasts a hallway of ancient Roman statues from the Villa Medici in Rome, and walls filled with Renaissance and Baroque art, including works by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Florentine artists Filippo Lippi and Andrea del Sarto, among others. The wall to wall art collection is all displayed in the royal setting of the palace, complete with luxurious drapery, antique furniture and remnants of the monarchy."
Doesn't that sound fun???