Believe it or not I had never been to the Pitti Palace before, so I made a point to get there and visit the Costume Gallery on my recent trip to Florence.
The museum, which houses many works of art, is stunning inside and out, with the Costume Gallery overlooking the Boboli Gardens. Inside, the Gallery occupies the 18th-century Palazzina della Meridiana, which maintains a royal and rich character, complete with chandeliers hanging from the ceilings.
The entire entire collection spans 6,000 items, while a selection of clothes are on view in a series of rooms. Costumes date from the 16th to 20th centuries and also extend into accessories such as shoes and handbags. A particularly dark room displayed the funeral garments of the Grand Duke Cosimo de’ Medici from the 16th century. While the exhibit’s organization appeared in somewhat random order, the costumes on display were all impressive. No one could deny the powerful combination of the garments in such a grand setting; a delightful way to spend an afternoon.
Pitti Palace – Costume Gallery
Piazza Pitti 1
50125 Firenze, Italy