Pitti Palace (or Palazzo Pitti in Italian), located in the Tuscan capital, precisely on the slopes of the Boboli hill, is the largest of the Florentine palaces and one of the most famous.
The building has kept the name of its first owner and creator, the art dealer Luca Pitti, who commissioned Brunelleschi to build it in the mid-fifteenth century. Pitti’s death in 1473 caused an interruption of work and the building remained unfinished and abandoned.
In 1549 it was purchased by Eleanor of Toledo, wife of Cosimo I de’ Medici, as a place of representation worthy of the magnificence of the nascent Grand Duchy, who commissioned the architect Bartolomeo Ammannati to complete it. At the same time, the wonderful Italian gardens, the Boboli Gardens, was created in the back of the building.
Further modifications were made under the domination of the Hapsburg-Lorraine and Savoy.
Passed in 1860 among the properties of the Crown of Italy and inhabited during the years of Florence Capital (1865-1871) by Vittorio Emanuele II, Palazzo Pitti was donated in 1919 by Vittorio Emanuele III to the Italian State, together with the square and the Boboli Gardens.
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