|This bed in the private quarters of the Pitti Palace is gorgeous, but tiny.|
|Surely the most boring job in the world is having to say, over and over again, "No flash allowed."||"|
|This bedroom is just a tad over the top.|
It was then that things became quite interesting. Eleanor, who was married to one of the ruling Medici men, Cosimo I, didn't like the Palazzo Vecchio area. Even though The David was guarding the entrance to her palace (The original was eventually moved to the Accademia Museum and a copy now marks the entrance.), she felt the air on that side of the river wasn't healthy.
Cosimo I, wanting to appear as though he'd married a rich woman, secretly gave Eleanor the cash to buy the Pitti, and she did so in 1550. (A woman in the States couldn't get a credit card in her name until 1970, but this woman got to buy a whole palace almost 500 years ago!) Anyway, Eleanor's belief that the air near the Palazzo Vecchio wasn't healthy proved prophetic as she died before she got to step foot in the castle she "bought."
|A bit of the Vasari Corridor is visible at the very back of this photo.|
They've got got a few kitchens in the Palace: there's a private one for the owners, one for the children, and this one that I was about to see.
A huge walk-in fireplace was flanked by these smaller grilling areas.
Still, as wonderful as this spacious kitchen would be to cook in, there's no escaping the inevitable cleaning up. No dishwasher meant plates and cutlery were cleaned the old-fashioned way.
Since I bought the Amici Degli Uffizi card for €60 when I arrived, I have unlimited visits to the Uffizi and Pitti Palace Museums until December 31. You can purchase this on-line well in advance of your visit or buy it from the office (door 2) at the Uffizi Museum.
Free tours of the kitchen are currently offered daily at 10:30, 11:30, 3:30 and 4:30.