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The Grand-Ducal Kitchen of Pitti Palace

Video in Italian | One of the most secret premises of Pitti Palace: the kitchen built in the 16th century

What is in the pot?
This kitchen with its huge red fireplace was built in 1599 probably after a design by Bernardo Buontalenti, just in time for the wedding feast of Maria de' Medici and the King of France, Henry IV. With the arrival of the Habsburg-Lorraine from 1765, two fireplaces and new ovens were added. Here night and day a mess of people, cooks and servants, used to work non-stop in order to prepare meals for all the members of the sovereigns' family as well as for all the courtiers and guests.