Building the palazzo (palace) Pitti began in 1458. The huge Renaissance palace was built by the Pitti family, however, construction of the palace was expensive, and it was sold soon after it was made to the arch rival Medici clan in 1549. The palace and the gardens associated with them are amazing. In the late 18th century, the palace was used as a power base by Nepolean, and later was the main royal palace of the newly united Italy. The palace and its contents were donated to the Italian people by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1919. Consequently the palace has an almost lived in feel, as it was until, well relatively recently by Italian history standards! I visited a beautiful costume gallery with fantastic clothing on display - truly works of art.
The Medici gardens are a beautiful green respite from the heat of the town in Florence, and in the middle there is a coffee house (where I took the photo you can see of the green coffee cup).