Fountainhead, Palazzo Pitti

Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti in Black and White

The stairs from the Palazzo Pitti courtyard to the Boboli Gardens pass through this upswept curving space, creating a rather dramatic view of the sky:

Stairs To Boboli Gardens
Stairs To Boboli Gardens

This is the Medici residence wing of the Palazzo Pitti, where the Grand Duke and Duchess had their suites, and Napoleon’s bathtub can be found.

Medici Residence Wing, Palazzo Pitti
Medici Residence Wing, Palazzo Pitti

This is a view from the courtyard of the Palazzo Pitti out the main entrance. The bell tower in the distance belongs to Santo Spirito, a church with an ornate interior designed by Brunelleschi, the man who created the dome of the Duomo.

Entrance, Palazzo Pitti in the Rain
Entrance, Palazzo Pitti in the Rain

A wrought-iron gate in the Boboli Gardens.

Garden Gate, Boboli Gardens
Garden Gate, Boboli Gardens

This fountainhead is found in the courtyard to the Palazzo Pitti. And no, Ayn Rand had nothing to do with it.

Fountainhead, Palazzo Pitti
Fountainhead, Palazzo Pitti

As you’re probably aware if you read this blog with any frequency, I’m fascinated by ordinary objects that we tend to ignore. So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture a Renaissance storm drain cover and inlet in the Boboli Gardens, along one of the gravel paths ascending from the amphitheater to the Neptune fountain.

Drain Cover, Boboli Gardens
Drain Cover, Boboli Gardens

And finally a view of the Duomo from the Boboli Gardens. You don’t really realize how big the cathedral dome is and how much it dominates the landscape in and around Florence until you stand on the hill a good mile away and realize that it’s the biggest thing between you and the mountains some fifteen or more miles beyond.

The Duomo From the Boboli Gardens
The Duomo From the Boboli Gardens

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