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Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

1. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Pitti Palace is the former home of the powerful Medici family, the lavish Renaissance palace now hosts an extraordinary collection of art. Admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens. Today, the Pitti Palace houses some of the most important museums in Florence: on the first floor is the Palatine Gallery, containing a broad collection 16th and 17th century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. The Gallery of Modern Art, located on the second floor of the Pitti Palace, has a fine collection of paintings and sculpture, mostly Italian, dating from the late 18th century to World War I. The elegant rooms, which were inhabited by the Lorraine grand dukes, are decorated with works of the neo-classical and romantic periods.

Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

2. Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

Explore the former residence of the ruling families of Tuscany on a private tour of the magnificent Pitti Palace, now a complex of amazing museums in the Oltrarno district of Florence. See artifacts that belonged to the powerful Medici family and other rulers of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, including masterpieces by Raphael and Titian in the main Palatine Gallery. Look inside the opulent Royal Apartments, and explore the Winter Quarter and rarely seen Prince of Naples Quarter. Discover the largest museum in Italy dedicated to fashion, and visit the recently reopened Bardini Garden offering panoramic views over the city. Stroll the Renaissance-style Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace and discover a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Admire the Fountain of Neptune in the Roman-style amphitheater and much more.

Florence: Palatina Gallery & Pitti Palace Guided Tour

3. Florence: Palatina Gallery & Pitti Palace Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour inside this marvelous Renaissance Palace, which was built during the 15th century. It was then bought by the Medici Family and became their glorious residence. With an expert guide, discover the Palatine Gallery and the Royal Apartments. The Palatine is the main gallery inside the Palace and it contains around 500 Renaissance paintings. It was the private collection of the Medici family. There are 28 rooms and inside their last sumptuous residence, you can still admire remarkable masterpieces by Botticelli, Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, and many other Italian and European painters from the 15th to the 17th century. 

Florence: Palatine Gallery at Pitti Palace Guided Tour

4. Florence: Palatine Gallery at Pitti Palace Guided Tour

Explore one of the great treasures of the Renaissance, and see art by masters of European painting on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Palatine Gallery, Florence. Located in the former residence of the grand-dukes of Tuscany and later King of Italy, the museum is the 2nd most important Florentine painting gallery after the Uffizi Museum. Follow your guide to see masterpieces by renowned artists, such as Rubens and Caravaggio. Learn to appreciate the skills and techniques of artists like Tiziano and Raffaello. Works are shown on dividers between the fantastic rooms of the Renaissance palace, still decorated with extravagant frescoes and stucco work. Once the guided section of your tour is complete, feel free to stay and browse at leisure. See the Treasure of the Grandukes at Palazzo Pitti's ground floor and discover Italian art from the 18th and 20th centuries at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna on the top floor.

Pitti Palace Guided Tour: Magnificence of the Medici Dinasty

5. Pitti Palace Guided Tour: Magnificence of the Medici Dinasty

The Pitti Palace was built in the second half of the 15th-century. It is believed to be a project of Filippo Brunelleschi for Luca Pitti but it was unfinished when he died in 1472. In 1550 it was purchased by Eleonora da Toledo, the wife of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de'Medici, as the official residence of the family. In 1560 it was renowned by Bartolomeo Ammannati then at the beginning of the 17th-century by Giulio and Alfonso Parigi. Several changes have been made over the centuries. Now, it houses several museums and is known for the beautiful Boboli Gardens. With your guide, go inside the Palatine Gallery to admire some masterpieces of famous painters including Caravaggio, Botticelli, Rubens, and Titians. Then, visit the Royal Apartments, where the Medici Family, The Grand Dukes of Tuscany, and the Italian Royal Family lived. After the guided visit you can visit the Boboli Gardens independently. 

Florence: Medici’s Mile Walking Tour & Pitti Palace Entrance

6. Florence: Medici’s Mile Walking Tour & Pitti Palace Entrance

Led by a local guide, explore the most important sights of Florence and retrace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty. Get priority entry to one of Florence’s biggest museums and admire the Palatine Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. Begin with the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, their first residence in the San Lorenzo district, where you can find their Church and mausoleum: Medici Chapels. A few steps away, reach the magnificent Cathedral, with its imposing Brunelleschi’s Dome and the stunning Palazzo Vecchio, their second residence, which dominates the marvelous Piazza della Signoria. Follow from the outside the path of the Vasari Corridor, a secret and comfortable corridor used by the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, to move between the Palazzo Pitti and their offices located inside the Palazzo Vecchio, without being seen by the citizens. Finally, arrive at the majestic Pitti Palace, which hides the marvelous Boboli Gardens, is the last Florentine residence of the Medici and is also the last stage of your incredible journey into the art and history of a city unique in the world. After the walking tour, you'll use your entrance ticket to Pitti Palace to visit your own Palatine Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Fashion and Costume, Treasure of the Grand Dukes.

Florence: Raphael's 500th Anniversary Experience

7. Florence: Raphael's 500th Anniversary Experience

Raffaello Sanzio from Urbino contributed to beautifying the city of Florence during his stay in the city from 1504 to 1508. He died at the age of 37 in 1520, and on the occasion of the anniversary of his death you can enjoy a special tour about this rarely-discussed painter. The Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, houses the best Raphael paintings in Florence, including a portrait of the beautiful Fornarina in the sweet face of the Madonna della Seggiola (Virgin Mary of the Chair). You will also encounter the palace where Raphael saw Leonardo’s Mona Lisa in Florence, which totally impressed him. Raphael was also an original architect of smart taste with Raphael’s style palaces in Florence very different from the Florentine Renaissance-style buildings. Raffaello was handsome, kind, and intelligent, and everybody loved him. Your guide will tell you the story of Raphael's short but intense life, full of love, women, and favors from his patrons.

Florence: Semi-Private Pitti Palace & Palatine Gallery Tour

8. Florence: Semi-Private Pitti Palace & Palatine Gallery Tour

Those wishing to visit the main attractions in Florence simply cannot miss the Palazzo Pitti and the Palatine Gallery. This palace was the last residence of the Medici family in Florence, and as part of a small guided group tour you'll have the privilege to enter from the priority entrance of the palace without waiting in the long lines. Starting from the office and crossing the Ponte Vecchio, you'll arrive in front of the palace to discover the most important works belonging to the daily life of the family of the Grand Dukes of the Medici. Discover works from Cosimo the 1st to Anna Maria Luisa, the latter of which was also called "Electress Palatine" from which the name of the gallery is derived. Your guide will show you works concerning the families which followed the Medici, from the Habsburgs Lorraine to the first King of Italy, including annexed royal apartments. Visit the main attractions of the palace such as the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, and the Museum of Fashion and Costume. The entrance ticket that your guide will give you will be valid for the whole day, allowing you to remain inside the gallery even after the end of the guided tour.

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What people are saying about Palatine Gallery

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 90 reviews

I bought the tickets for the visit for Fri 19/11 at 15. We took a short tour of the Ponte Vecchio area and then to the restaurant. We went out at 1.30pm so we went to ticket office # 3 to politely ask to be able to anticipate at 2pm. No problem (fantastic!). We saw beautiful works in the Palatine Gallery: a very rewarding visit also for the immediacy that made us immerse in the historical atmosphere. All very well indeed, even the perfect organization for access.

The visit was very illustrative and the guide knew very well the history of the Palace, of the Medici, and, especially, it was very pleasant to hear all the explanations he gave about the most important art found there.

The tickets allowed easy access to the gardens and palace. The only drawback was that due to covid certain areas of the garden were blocked off. Although visible these areas would have been fun to enter.

We booked our tour with FLORENCEPASS. Everything was very well organized. Our tour guide, Maurizio, was exceptional. So much knowledge! A brilliant experience!

Great collection of art and sculpture. I especially liked the modern section.