A very short history of Florence: Cosimo I wanted to live here:
became the symbol for the il Marzocco espresso machine headquartered in Florence. Notice the heraldic lion that symbolizes Florence and the Florentine fleur de lis synonymous with victory and conquest.
Now, this Pitti Palace houses art, but you cannot use cameras inside so my images are out the windows of the view and of the building itself. The Boboli Gardens are also part of the Palace.
Good read: a series of mysteries by Magdalen Nabb featuring Marshal Guarnaccia of the Italian Carabinieri. My favorite so far is “Marshal and the Madwoman” set in and around the Pitti Palace and its neighborhood.