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Carriage Museum

Daily; not Mon
Hours: Closed until further notice due to refurbishment
Cost: Various
One of the most comprehensive of its kind in Italy, the Carriage Museum of Palazzo Pitti houses amongst other things a rather striking "golden carriage", acquired by the Grand Duke himself in 1818.
The heart of the collection is a series of nobles' carriages from the Lorentine period, following the decline of the political hold of the Medicis and the return of Ferdinand III from exile. The evocative collection also contains a number of exceptional carriages which belonged to the members of the court, along with other aristocratic locomotion devices from all over the country.

The collection is housed in an ample, spacious area on the ground floor of the museum's right wing. It includes seven carriages, two palanquins and a portable chair, in addition to bits of finery, adornments and gimmicks.
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