On the first Sunday of every month, most of Europe’s government-owned museums, gardens, and galleries are free to the public! This month we were in Florence, and it was a beautiful morning to explore the Boboli Gardens! Attached to the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens were actually the first formally designed private gardens, and were the model for other palace gardens like Versailles. Since we got there right when it opened, we almost had the whole place to ourselves! I loved the way the statues were incorporated into the garden – it felt like one big outdoor gallery.
In March, we also used the free day to get into the Academia Gallery in Florence to see Michelangelo’s David and the original plaster of the Rape of the Sabine Women – both enormous, incredible pieces!
As we prepare for finals, we’re also preparing to go on our last big trip of the semester: Greece! Looking forward to seeing Amanda again in just two short days!