Pitti Palace

Explore a wonderland of Italian Renaissance art and history as you wander through grand galleries and splendid gardens.

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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.

Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

2. Mysteries of Medici: Walking Tour

Experience the history of Florence through learning about the contributions of the infamous Medici family while seeing their influence on the city first-hand. Visit the Medici Chapel and see the gorgeous mosaic work. Listen as your expert guide takes you on a tour of the past, and hear how money and power drove an intense rivalry between the Strozzi, Pazzi, and Medici families. Discover the the secrets and mysteries of the Medici family as your English-speaking guide takes your through a the old streets and squares. Stroll through the traces left by the most extraordinary members of the Medici dynasty. Enter the Medici Chapel where most of the remaining remnants of the family found their last shelter. See the sparkling semi-precious stones in the Florentine mosaic Commesso Fiorentino.

Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

3. Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike w/ Michelangelo Square

Cycle through the city of Florence to discover the hidden treasures of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Listen to captivating stories while touring through many of the significant squares that make Florence so rich in history and art. Discover the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Then visit the Republic Square, one of the main squares in Florence that has formed the city center since Roman times. Also, visit Michelangelo Square, to take in the best panoramic views of the city. Discover the captivating history of the city that gave birth to incredible artists and amazing scientists.

Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

4. Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

Start in the early morning and visit the grandiose courtyard of the Pitti Palace with your expert English-speaking guide. Then, you'll reach the "noble floor" (first floor) to discover the magic of the Palatina Gallery and its amazing collection of paintings, Renaissance and Neo-classic pieces of furniture with superb tops made with semi-precious stones, which gave fame to the Medici family all over Europe. Stuccoworks and frescoes on the ceilings, splendid paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Raffaello, Tiziano, Rubens, Van Dyck, Caravaggio in unimaginably beautiful gilded frames will linger on in your memory. Never too crowded and so enjoyable even in the heat of the summertime, visit the Boboli Gardens in the early morning! One by one all the Grand Dukes of the Medici family will be stepping into the scene in a fabulous scenario. Continue exploring the oldest part of the Boboli Gardens and its enchanted Amphitheater, as well as its green spaces which have inspired major landscape architects of the world.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

5. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

Hop on an electronic golf cart and discover the history of Florence in an entertaining, relaxing, and eco-friendly way. After meeting your driver, head to Ponte Vecchio and follow the Ponte Santa Trinita to reach the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Here, admire the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi's Dome. Next, see one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance facade. Finally, arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine traditions. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your tour and visit the iconic Piazzale Michelangelo.

Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

6. Florence: 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover Florence by bike and see more of the city in less time. This bike tour follows unbeaten paths too far to reach by foot and too narrow for busses. In 2.5 hours, encounter Florence's most important historical and artistic places. Meet your guide at the agency, wear your helmet, and get on your bike to start touring Florence. Your guide will lead you to reach some of the most amazing and secluded monuments in the historical center of Florence. On this tour visit major points of interest in the historical center including Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Cappelle Medicee, Mercato Centrale, Piazza della Repubblica, Santo Spirito, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Casa di Dante, and Piazza del Duomo. Also explore the city's different districts of San Lorenzo and Oltarano. Throughout the tour, you will stop at several locations to learn about the city's history and some fun facts. You'll also be shown the best places to find gelato, bistecca alla fiorentina, and truffles. The highlight of this bike tour is a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo to experience stunning views of Florence.

Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

7. Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

Meet your guide at Pitti Palace, then head inside for your private tour. Start off with an introduction to the famous Medici Family and the Pitti Family. Learn about their historical influence on Florence and what their lives here would have been like. Follow your guide around the palace, which is similar to an open museum. Walk in the footsteps of grand dukes, and admire the richly decorated interior. Highlights of the tour include the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fashion and Costume. At the end of the tour, receive your priority entry ticket to the Boboli Gardens. Finally, explore the gardens at your own leisure, and marvel at the Renaissance statues and carved fountains.  

From Rome: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tour

8. From Rome: Florence by High-Speed Train & Guided Tour

Escape Rome on a high-speed train and travel to Florence to enter the beautiful Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery with a guide. Board the train and enjoy a relaxing trip on the way to Florence. Walk towards the Duomo Square and get lost between the beautiful facade of the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, and the unique Giotto Bell Tower, between the Baptistery and the majestic Brunelleschi Dome. Meet the guide at 11:00 am for a visit to the Accademia Gallery, a must-see destination in Florence, and the home of Michelangelo's statue of David. Wander through the gallery and see the beautiful pieces, while gaining significant insights into art and painting techniques. Take a walk to the Central market and prepare to enjoy a tasting of typical local products followed by another walk, this time towards Ponte Vecchio, an eternal symbol of Florence, and reach the Piazzale Degli Uffizi, home to the Uffizi Gallery. Move on to Piazza Della Signoria where to meet with the guide while you admire the majestic Palazzo Vecchio. Enter this unique gallery and be immersed in its artistic spirit, admire wonderful artworks such as "The Birth of Venus" and "The Spring" by Botticelli. See many other famous works by artists such as Giotto, Piero Della Francesca, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Titian, Caravaggio, and many others. After an amazing day, start the walk back to the Santa Maria Novella train station and depart back to Rome.

Florence: Electric Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

9. Florence: Electric Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

Cruise comfortably and effortlessly by electric bicycle, admiring the glorious juxtaposition of the rural Tuscan landscape with Florence's urban vibrancy. Cross the region's gorgeous hillside eventually arriving in the picturesque town of Fiesole for an insight into the relaxed, country lifestyle. Continue along peaceful archaic roads to a charming organic farm. Admire the harmonious scenery, Renaissance-era cloister, and even sample some of the produce (not included). Before heading back to where the tour started, a small Osteria will delight you with some wine, accompanied by a taste of Florentine food.

Florence: Eco-Friendly Panoramic Tour in Electric Golf Cart

10. Florence: Eco-Friendly Panoramic Tour in Electric Golf Cart

Enjoy an eco-friendly ride through the ancient streets and iconic squares of Florence on an electric golf cart. Experience the "Birthplace of the Renaissance" with all its famous landmarks and learn the history behind each corner with your audio guide. Strap in to your cart, select your language, and embark on an unforgettable sightseeing tour along the historic streets of Florence. Visit emblematic landmarks like the Duomo Square, home of the 4th biggest cathedral in the world: the Santa Maria del Fiore. Then, ride straight into the heart of Florence and arrive at Republic Square, the very spot where the city was born in 89 BC. Continue to Signoria Square and view the famous statues such as the powerful Perseus by B. Cellini and the copy of David by B. Michelangelo. Discover the Great Pantheon of Florence and glide past the Basilica di Santa Croce where many great Italians were laid to rest, including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Macchiavelli among others. Ride along the Arno river and ascend the surrounding hills to reach Michelangelo Square. Be rewarded with the most breathtaking views of Florence.

Frequently asked questions about Pitti Palace

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To enter Pitti Palace, you need to have a ticket or be part of a guided tour.

Planning Your Visit

  • How much time to spend?

    You could easily spend an entire day strolling through the gardens, popping in and out of each wonderful museum. Budget at least two hours to breeze through the essentials, and add an hour if you plan to explore the gardens. Take note that entry into each building is not allowed one hour before closing.

  • Admission: Buy a package ticket

    Each museum costs up to 8.50€. If you plan to see multiple collections, buy the Palazzo Pitti biglietti cumulative, an all-access pass for 11.50€ that will let you into the gardens, all of the galleries and the royal apartments for three days.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary my attraction, so check online and plan ahead!
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets for one museum start at 7€ and continue upwards with packages, perks and tours available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much to see and do in several locations, a guide is a great idea.
  • How to get there
    Take the C3 or D bus to the Pitti stop.
  • Additional information

    • Keep in mind much of this area is pedestrian only traffic, so be prepared to walk!

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What people are saying about Pitti Palace

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,921 reviews

Notre guide Valentina était absolument une passionnée et mine d’information sur les Médicis. Sa connaissance multidisciplinaire en architecture, histoire de l’art, personnages marquant et anecdotes amusantes sur les familles de l’époque, leurs interactions, rumeurs intimement reliées à l’histoire de Florence nous ont ravis. À noter sa maîtrise excellente de la langue française, j’aurais adoré que le tour soit plutôt de 3-4H que 2H!

Wonderful tour with Francesco! Easy, well organised, fun and above all such good information. Francesco explained and told us so much and in a way like we were the first visitors ever, so no reciting of facts but very personal. We can highly recommend!

It was the perfect ride to get to know Florence. Our guide Peter was very nice; we enjoyed the different stops we had along our way. A must do especially when you are on a short stay in Florence! Enjoy :)

Great tour, Rosella was a great guide and engaged the children! We learnt a lot about the city, also things that you don’t find in Evers travel guide. Her German was excellent

Alberto was magnificent! We got a first class tour!!