Last week was "Cultural Week" here in Florence. Most of the museums offered free admission and it was a great opportunity to check out some galleries we had not yet seen. I convinced Rob to check out the Galleria di Costume (Italian fashions since the 1800s) and we also popped by the Boboli Gardens twice, as you can see from our photos.
Here's a yearound tip for visiting Palazzo Pitti/Boboli Gardens: if the line in the main entrance is REALLY long, try walking further down via Romana. There is a side entrance about a 5 minute walk from the main entrance. There is typically no line there and most people don't know it even exists. Instead of waiting in line for an hour for free admission to Palazzo Pitti, we walked in this entrance, enjoyed a little walk through the gardens and entered literally through a back door to the museum.
If the side entrance is crowded, too, which I imagine probably happens sometimes during the summer, there is a final entrance in Porta Romana, about another 5-10 minute walk away. It's really hidden and that part of the gardens is usually empty and peaceful, although it's a bit of a walk to Palazzo Pitti.
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