05.06.2017 - 05.13.2017
Luca Pitti, was a successful banker in Firenze,Italy, but for a short time. As a sign of the times that he lived in, in 1458, he had his home built in grandiose size. ( Christopher Columbus had not yet set sail and discovered the land mass of America. His ambition was so grand that he purposely insulted the Medici family by building his home bigger than their residence. He even had the windows constructed so they were larger than the doors at Palazzo Vecchio, the home of the Medici. This was a grave insult to the Medici and as we'll find out. You do not want to piss on or piss off Medici.
The Pitti family underwent financial difficulty. Medici took this opportunity to purchase the home in 1549. Medici paid a fair price. In fact, he paid the price that Pitti asked, but with a stipultation. The Medici family had the Pitti family move into a smaller home at the foot of the Pitti Palace. Medici kept the name of Palazzo Pitti as it was. Every day, the pitiful Pitti had to look up at the Pitti Palace that they had lost to the Medici.
This is the essence of Italian revenge.
The Medici family could be and probably was the most powerful dynasty this planet has known. This Famiy dynasty lasted about 300 years. Their fortunes resulted in palaces, treasures, artwork, etc beyond compare, beyond imagination, beyond reality.
There is much more to the story. My photos are crumbs and do not begin to portray the magnificence of Pitti Palace. The story of Medici, their magnificence, their love of art is nice. However, they had so much when others had so little.
It somehow feels obscene.
The Palazzo and all its treasures were donated to the country of Italy, 1916, for all people to enjoy and share. This is the way it should be.
This is how the story ends.
Note: The Boboli gardens which accompany the Palace is another overwhelming achievement. So grandiose and so delightfully tiring. I couldn't begin to capture its glory. You will just have to go there yourselves. I am available to hire as a guide, medical advisor, historian, personal valet, and cool cook. Please make arrangements via my concierge Gioa Benedetta Pritti d'Medici Schneidera.