Because it was supposed to rain, we decided to walk to Palazzo Pitti which is less than 5 minutes from La Scaletta, to tour the museums, which we skipped in favor of Boboli Gardens on our last visit. We saw the Galleria d'arte moderna and Galleria Palatina, as well as the royal apartments.
|Palazzo Pitti from the Boboli Gardens side, photo by Shawn September 2012|
|A Boldoni in the Gallery of Modern Art at Palazzo Pitti — I've become a fan|
|Royal Apartments at Palazzo Pitti (from http://mikestravelguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Palazzo-Pitti-Royal-Apartments-2-800x533.jpg)|
|A room in the Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti (from http://www.wga.hu/art/p/pietro/cortona/1/pitti02.jpg)|
|From the Gallery of Modern Art, Palazzo Pitti (from http://www.initaly.com/regions/aletto.jpg)|
We walked back and had lunch at Trattoria La Galleria, just down from the hotel, toward the Ponte Vecchio, and tucked back into an alleyway.
|Trattoria La Galleria (photo from http://www.ristorantelagalleria.it/Filtrate/26.jpg)|
We were tired after the morning of touring galleries and the last several days, so we spent some time planning to be sure to get in some of the things we wanted to do before we leave. We read some tour brochures, looking for a broader, one-day Tuscany tour that would get us out into the countryside this time, and especially to Monterriggioni. I found us an Art Viva tour that takes small groups to San Gimignano, Monterriggioni and Siena, and also includes a winery tour and lunch. With Cristina's help, Shawn made us tour reservations for tomorrow and reserved us tickets for the Galleria Accademia on Friday morning at 9:45—I've been ashamed to admit that we did not see the David the last time we visited Florence, so this time, we'll make sure that doesn't happen again.
We turned in a bit early, as we will have to be at the tour office by 8:15 AM, and we'll be walking to get there.