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The Pitti Palace is one of Florence's most spectacular and recognizable monuments. As an history expert would tell you, the Palace was the home of the Medici family, Florence's ruling dynasty during the Renaissance. During their long reign of power the Medici family commissioned, among other artists, Michelangelo and Raphael. Not to mention their hiring of the political genius Machiavelli. It can be said that there was not one more important figure during the Renaissance than the ruling Medici.
Of course, as any Florentine visitor would, I made a stop at the Pitti Palace. Its gardens were amazing, and the view of Florence was tremendous. But, how does this relate to dinosaurs? As I was walking out of the palace I entered the adjacent Piazza Pitti, a large plaza of shops and museums, and noticed a large black sign reading "Dinosauri." As any paleo fan would, I walked closer to the sign, and realized the Europe-touring Gobi Dinosaur Exhibit had made a stop in Florence. I was very excited, as the opportunity to view the amazingly complete Gobi specimens was definitely once-in-a-lifetime!
As I entered the temporary museum I quickly realized how much of a treat I was in for. Beyond a large Gallimimus statue was a case containing the famous Oviraptor embryo and the Oviraptor egg clutch. Near it were the skeletons of a group of Gallimimuses and a Tarbosaurus. As I entered the next room I noticed the skull of Velociraptor, a Protoceratops skeleton, a Psittacosaurus mount, a hadrosaur baby, and a clutch of sauropod eggs, not to mention hundreds of other fossils.
Unfortunately, there were "no photo" signs posted all over, but since I couldn't read Italian (even though I knew what they meant) I ignored them and took the opportunity to photograph several of the most stunning specimens. I have scanned the best photographs and have postd them below. Some of these photos are the only ones I have seen on the internet. The mount of Psittacosaurus, the Oviraptor embryo, and the hadrosaur baby may be the three rarest specimens, and this may be one of the only chances you have to view them, short of traveling to Florence or the Mongolian Museum (the fossils' permanent home).
Here are the links to these photos. Please enjoy!
GOBI DINOSAUR SKELETON MOUNTS
EGGS AND BABIES
Oviraptor Egg Clutch
Sauropod Egg Clutch
MUSEUM ENTRANCE AND INFORMATION
Entrance to Museum
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