Palazzo Pitti, Florence

Palazzo Pitti, Florence (must see)

Luca Pitti, a famous banker of Florence, commissioned the construction of this palace for his residence in 1458. However, when he died, the construction had not been completed yet. Financial issues forced Pitti descendants to sell this building to Eleonora Medici, the wife of Cosimo de’Medici, who moved in later that year from Palazzo Vecchio, the Medicis' then residence. A private corridor was then built between the two buildings for the privacy of the house residents.

Ammanatti was commissioned by the family in 1558 and was assigned the task of making the Boboli Gardens. The Gardens have an amphitheatre where performances were held to entertain the Medici family. The palace was the residence for the House of Lorraine, after the end of the Medici dynasty. Napoleon, too, stayed here during his reign over Italy. Victor Emmanuel III, from the House of Savoy, gifted the palace to the nation of Italy in 1919, which was then opened to the public as five art galleries and the largest museum complex in Florence.

You can see over 500 Renaissance-style paintings in the Palatine Gallery, witness the lavish residence of the Medici family at the Royal Apartments, see the “Medici Treasury” containing priceless silver items from the 15th century, along with the Costumes Gallery and the Porcelain and Carriages Museums, when you visit here. Even with over five million annual visitors and being a part of public property, the Palazzo has the feel of a private royal collection.

Why You Should Visit:
Everything about this palace oozes class. Impressive motives and each room is in itself a marvel because of the huge range of painted ceilings and the wall and ground decorations.

Tip:
You can buy a combined full ticket including the Gardens, Museums, and the Uffizi (a 3-day pass) or just the Pitti Museums & Gardens ticket valid for two days. It all depends on the time you have. You can easily spend 3hrs just walking the Gardens, and it would be well worth it especially if to enjoy the unbelievable views – just don't forget your hat and bottle of water.
One way to avoid the long line is to take a tour – yes, there is a cost, but tours include skipping the line, admission fees, and make good use of your Florence time because the guides can direct you to the highlights of the collections.

Tue-Sun: 8:15am-6:50pm (including the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments and the Gallery of Modern Art)

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Palazzo Pitti on Map

Sight Name: Palazzo Pitti
Sight Location: Florence, Italy
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour   Arno South Bank Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Florence, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Florence

Create Your Own Walk in Florence

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Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo spent over 20 years of his life in Florence during which he created some of the most beautiful masterpieces this city had ever seen. The most famous of them, the David, is also located in Florence along with a few copies. Take this tour to discover the Florence side of Michelangelo's artistic mastership.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Duomo Souvenir Shopping

Duomo Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Florence without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Florence, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Dante's Florence Walking Tour

Dante's Florence Walking Tour

Dante Alighieri is considered one of the greatest poets of all times. He was born in Florence and spent most of his life there until he was exiled. Many of the structures in the city were built according to his greatest epic poem Divina Commedia. This tour will take you on a trip through Dante's life and work in Florence.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Florence, located in Italy, is believed to be the cultural capital of the world. Sometimes called the Athens of the Middle Ages and the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, Florence attracts millions of tourists every year. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most alluring attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". This city has to offer a lot of wonderful places to admire. Take this tour to explore Indipendenza and Santa Maria Novella quarters, visit beautiful Dominican basilica of Santa Maria Novella, as well as Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Accademia di Belle Arti, Cappella dei Principi and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Historic Centre Nightlife

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Well known for its beautiful historic architecture and for its huge contribution to the Renaissance movement in Italy, Florence remains a vibrant, thriving center of activity that hosts not only a large tourism trade, but also attracts a lot of international students studying abroad. As such, Florence possesses a hot nightlife scene where guests from around the world can hear some amazing music...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

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