Victoria’s trip in Italy has officially started. Her return to Italia began in the “cradle of the Renaissance”, Florence!
My Day on the “Other Side”…of the Arno River, That Is!
There are so many reasons to return to Florence
–once you have seen the most famous and not-to-be missed sites, including, of course, the Uffizi, the Accademia (David!), and the famous Duomo, as well as wandering around Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio –for starters; then there’s Palazzos Vecchio and Medici Riccardi, the Bargello, and the Medici Chapels…!
Do your feet hurt yet?? Well, if you’re looking for a quieter and less tourist trodden quarter of Florence
, just cross over the river your to the Oltrarno–literally, beyond the Arno.
I decided to explore the Oltrarno today. Starting out from my B&B (which is very close to the Uffizi), my first stop was the grand Pitti Palace. Since I have already toured seen much of the collection (which I highly recommend) as well as the Boboli Gardens, I wanted to visit the Galleria del Costume (Costume Gallery). Incredibly they have several pieces of clothing of Cosimo I Di Medici and his wife, Eleonora that were recovered and restored (it took 10 years!) when there remains were moved. The other fascinating and quite glam exhibit is of clothing of trend-setting, extraordinary women…