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Visit Palazzo Pitti in Florence

One of the gems of Florence is, undoubtedly, the fantastic Pitti Palace. Read our special post and learn everything about this incredible attraction in Florence. Here you will find, the history, tips and many useful information for visiting this magical place in Florence.

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Visit Palazzo Pitti in Florence

Florence has several gems, such as historical and cultural heritage, of immeasurable importance for Italian history. One of these gems in Florence is Pitti Palace. With its beautiful architecture, the Palace is a must-see destination for anyone going to Florence. Let’s read our post of the day? Visit Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

A little bit of the History of Pitti Palace in Florence

Pitti Palace was inhabited for four centuries by three dynasties of important families: the Medici, the Habsburg-Lorraine and the Savoia. The Palace was named after its first owner, the Florentine merchant Luca Pitti, who built it as a private residence in the middle of the 15th century. Unfortunately, in 1473, Luca Pitti died and left Filippo Brunelleschi’s project unfinished. At the time of his death, the building wasn’t complete, but had already a double row of seven windows on the façade. Abandoned, it was only in 1549 that the Palace was purchased by Eleonora di Toledo, wife of Cosimo I of Medici. She planned the place to be a symbol of representation of the worthy of greatness of the nascent and emerging Grand Duchy.

The Magnificent Boboli Garden

Bartolomeo Ammannati, the Grand Duke’s favorite architect, enlarged the facade, the back and created the magnificent Boboli Garden. The Garden and the Palace, therefore, were designed together and thus developed over the next three centuries in a close relationship between art and nature, which led Boboli to become the model for palaces across Europe. Under the Habsburg-Lorraine rule, two wings with porches and terraces, called Rondò, were built. With these works, the extension of the original space of the square was tripled and, now, the palace was able to receive the magnificent collections of grand-ducal art in its sumptuous rooms, these rooms, frescoed by the best artists of the time.

Pitti Palace was donated completely in 1919 by Vittorio Emanuele III to the Italian State, together with the square and the Boboli Gardens. Currently the Palace houses some museums: the Grand Dukes’ Treasure, the Palatina Gallery, Royal and Imperial Apartments, the Modern Art Gallery, the Fashion and Costume Museum and the Boboli Gardens.

1)Visit Palazzo Pitti in Florence: PALATIN GALLERY

We can start with Palatin Gallery, which was the Medici’s official residence and was designed between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, to house the impressive collection of masterpieces from the family’s art collections. The collection of works it preserves includes magnificent works by Rafael, Titian, Correggio, Rubens, Van Dyck and other great masters, Italian and European, from the Renaissance and Baroque.

Prometheus Room

The must-see works are in the Prometheus Room, which houses the oldest paintings, including Tondo Bartolini, by Filippo Lippi; the Iliad Room, where Maria Magdalena and Giuditta with the head of Holofernes, by Artemisia Gentileschi, are located, the Salon of Saturn, with Rafael’s works such as the portraits of Agnolo Doni and Madonna della Seggiola. From there, head to the so-called Royal Apartments.

2) Visit Pitti Palace in Florence: THE ROYAL APARTMENTS

There in the Royal Apartments are the rooms that housed the Medici. They were also the rooms of Lorena family and, in 1865, became the residence of the king of Italy during the period when Florence was the capital of the country. One of the biggest highlights is the Throne Room, all decorated for King Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia with red brocade on the walls; also there, you can see Japanese and Chinese pots from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Blue Room houses the portraits of members of the Medici family painted by Justus Sustermans (1597-1681), the official court painter of the powerful Florentine family.

3)Visit Palazzo Pitti in Florence: THE MODERN ART GALLERY

The Modern Art Gallery houses more than 2.000 paintings and sculptures from different periods of world art. There you can see examples that include different periods of art: from neoclassicism to the 20th century. Well organized, the works are shown to thematic groups and some of the must-see is: the bust of Canova called Calliope; I due Foscari, by Francesco Hayez, and all the paintings by Macchiaioli, from Telemachus Signorini to De Nittis and Previati.

4)Visit Palazzo Pitti in Florence: THE SILVER MUSEUM

At the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, called the Silver Museum, there is a collection of precious objects, many of which belong to the Medici family. The 14th century hard stone vases by Lorenzo de Medici, the treasure of Anna Maria Luisa de Medici, which also includes a collection of small animals of Flemish origin and other items are of an impressive beauty and catch our attention.

5)Visit Palazzo Pitti in Florence: THE COSTUME GALLERY

At Costume Gallery, of course, we found several items related to fashion. In fact, it was the first museum dedicated to this theme in Italy. The museum houses more than 6.000 dresses and costumes worn by actors who performed on Italian stages. There are also several theater and cinema accessories, ranging from the 16th to the 20th century. A must-see is the rare and precious display of 16th century clothing worn by Grand Duke Cosimo I of Medici, his wife – Eleonora – and young son Garcia.

6)Visit Palazzo Pitti in Florence: THE PORCELAIN MUSEUM

In the Porcelain Museum you can find beautiful examples of porcelain objects that belonged to the families that lived in the Palazzo Pitti: Medici, Lorena and Savoia. The collection made up of unique pieces, created especially for the Greek ducal court, or received as a gift from other European rulers, is incredible! There is also the Manifattura di Doccia porcelain that was used daily by the inhabitants of the house.

7)Visit Palazzo Pitti in Florence: THE BOBOLI GARDEN

Boboli Garden serves as one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance gardens in the world and it was they who inspired several gardens, including the Garden of Versailles. Its design and development lasted four centuries (yes! FOUR CENTURIES!), and it was built between the 400’s and the 900’s. Today, the garden is also a calm and peaceful park. Learn more about the Boboli Garden clicking here!

Tip

  • Do not visit Pitti Palace in a hurry; choose a quieter day for you so that you have enough time to get to know this real gem in the heart of Florence as you should: calmly, observing all the details.

Useful information for visiting Pitti Palace in Florence

Here some useful information about the Pitti Palace.

Location

  • Address: Piazza de’ Pitti (Pitti Square), 1, 50125, Firenze, FI, Italy.
  • Phone number: +39 055 294883
  • Website: click here and learn more!

Timetables and other additional information

  • Opening days: Tuesday to Sunday.
  • Opening hours: from 08.15 a.m to 6.50 p.m.
  • Closed: Every Monday; on January 1st and December 25th.
  • Important: the ticket office closes at 6.05 p.m and closing procedures start at 6.30 p.m.

Ticket Price

Check the ticket prices and their combos:

  • High season (from 01/03 to 31/10): total price € 16
  • Low season (from 11/01 to 28/02): total price € 10

Combined ticket for all museums

  • High season (from 01/03 to 31/10): total price € 38
  • Low season (from 01/11 to 28/02): total price € 18

Free admission

Please note that on free days, it is not possible to reserve access and admission priorities are suspended, except for people with disabilities, including their legal guardian, pregnant women and school groups.

Guided tour of Pitti Palace

Click here and buy your ticket through a website in English!

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Hotels I recommend in the Historic Center

In the Historic Center (Old Town), is really easy to admire all the main attractions of the city very easily. The old town of Florence corresponds to the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. If you want to stay in the real heart of Florence, choose hotels in the central areas of Piazza Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral, Gallery of Offices, etc.

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Hotels that I recommend in Oltrarno

Always staying very close to the Historic Center, you can also stay in Oltrarno, close to the most characteristic craft shops in the whole city and much more. The area is perfect for those who want quiet accommodation and for those who want to breathe the real Florentine atmosphere. At the same time, you will be close to the center of Florence, a short walk from the main monuments, squares, churches, restaurants, shops and museums.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Maria Novella

Another interesting neighborhood to stay is Santa Maria Novella. This is a particularly exclusive area because of the proximity to the station (great if you want to do a lot of tours leaving from Florence) and the famous Church of Santa Maria Novella, a very important reference in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Croce

Another neighborhood where you can stay is Santa Croce, where the homonymous church is located. This area, located in the southeastern part of the historic center, is close to the most interesting monuments and has its fulcrum in the church of Santa Croce. Among the scenic palaces in this district, there are many hotels that can accommodate you for a wonderful weekend in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Campo di Marte

Another economic possibility, where you can stay in Florence, is Campo di Marte; in this area there are several well-equipped and affordable hotels. It is a quiet and charming residential area in Florence, well connected to the historic city center by public transport. Campo di Marte has its own train station where several regional and high-speed trains stop, with which you can easily reach other Tuscan cities and major cities in Italy. It is a great choice if you have rented a car too.

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Hotels I recommend outside the Historic Center

And so, if you decide to breathe a less touristic air, a good choice could be to stay in Florence right outside the historic center, where hotel prices are cheaper and the most convenient solution if you come by car. Another possibility is to stay away, in some nearby town, and experience the silence of the wonderful Tuscan landscape, but in this case it is necessary to have a car.

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Conclusion

Visit Pitti Palace in Florence. Pitti Palace is part of Italian history. Today it houses several testimonies, gathered over the centuries of the ‘construction’ of this country so loved and admired called Italy.

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