One of the advices most appreciated by guests is the alternative itinerary that I suggest to those who love art and beauty and have a full day available to discover the treasures of Florence as well as “must” the Uffizi and Galleria dell’ Accademia. I call it the “Palazzo Pitti reserve mode”.
The Pitti Palace has seven museums, among which the most important is the Palatine Gallery which houses masterpieces by Raffaello, Tiziano, Van Dyck, Caravaggio and it incorporates the splendid royal apartments. In addition, it leads to the Boboli Gardens: a large garden in Italian style which was an example for the most beautiful French gardens. Unfortunately there is only one main entrance door from Piazza Pitti. This means that there is often a long queue that cannot be avoided due to the security checks, even booking tickets in advance.
The alternative I suggest is to start the day with the Bardini Gardens from the entrance which is on the level of the river in the Via de’ Bardi, 1. The Bardini Garden is not famous as the Boboli Gardens but is quieter, it has a romantic atmosphere and a more varied scenery. It is a terraced garden with a central baroque staircase decorated with elegant statues and especially in April and May, enriched by the spectacle of flowering. At the top of the hill you can take a break at the “Kaffeehaus” from which it can admire a magnificent view over the city of Florence before enter, through Costa San Giorgio, in the Boboli Gardens. From here, you can go to the city through a series of seven kilometers immersed in the countryside or start visits the museums of Pitti Palace without to queue and no need to book in advance.
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