So, the very first thing we visited in Italy was the Pitti Palace in Florence, which now is a huge and wonderful art gallery with Florence's largest public garden, which is free for locals, as it should be. After all, it's their Central Park.
It was commissioned in 1458 by the Florentine banker Luca Pitti, a principal supporter and friend of Cosimo de' Medici. Check out the Pitti Palace Wikipedia page to see more history and some of the more famous art works housed there.
BUT THEN ...
We walked into this set of dark rooms.
Please, please, please Simplicity ... let me make this one! I don't think it would be as hard as the Tudor gown I did 7 years ago.
Makes sense to me.