Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) Tours
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Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) was built by Luca Pitti in the 1400s. A century later, Duchess of Florence Eleonora di Toledo purchased the Renaissance palazzo for her husband, Cosimo I de' Medici, and it remained the official residence of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until the early 20th century. Today, Pitti Palace is Florence's largest museum complex.
This massive stone palace was once home to the ruling Medici family, then to the Austrian House of Lorraine, and finally to the House of Savoy—until Victor Emmanuel III donated the palazzo and its contents to the nation of Italy in 1919. A full 140 rooms, housing a number of important museums and galleries, are open to the public. The Palatine Gallery, which holds an impressive collection of Renaissance masterpieces, including works by artists Raphael, Titian and Rubens, is the most famous. Visitors can also tour the sumptuous Royal Apartments, Silver Museum, Porcelain Museum, Carriage Museum, and Costume Gallery. The palazzo even houses a Modern Art Gallery, highlighting Italian painters from the 18th to early-20th centuries.
An array of private and group tours, often including skip-the-line access to Pitti Palace and other nearby attractions, are available. Consider joining a walking tour of Florence that visits a number of Renaissance monuments built during the reign of the Medici family.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Pitti Palace is one of Florence's most important attractions, home to centuries of art and history. Booking a guided tour including skip-the-line tickets is strongly recommended.
- Due to the sheer scope of the palace and its collections, by far the best way to visit is with a tour guide who can lead you through the highlights.
- Large backpacks, bags, and umbrellas are not allowed inside; there is a free cloakroom at the entrance.
- The palazzo is completely wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Pitti Palace is on the southern bank of the Arno River in the Oltrarno neighborhood, reached via the Ponte Vecchio bridge near the Uffizi Gallery. Take the No. 11 bus to Piazza San Felice or the C3 or D buses to the Pitti stop.
When to Get There
The palazzo can be very crowded between May and October, and at midday. Consider an early-morning or late-afternoon tour to avoid the peak visiting hours. The museums are closed on Mondays and holidays.
Visiting the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
After visiting Pitti Palace, take a stroll around the adjacent Boboli Gardens, dotted with Renaissance statues, fountains, and grottoes.
Address: Piazza de' Pitti, Florence 50125, Italy
Hours: Open daily at 8:15am, closing times vary depending on the month. Closed Christmas and New Year's
Admission: Fees vary depending on gallery
125 Tours and Activities to Experience Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti)
An in-depth introduction to the fabled Renaissance city, this action-packed Florence walking tour covers the city’s top highlights. See the residence of the once powerful Medici family and where Dante’s Beatrice lies buried, plus copies of masterworks by Michelangelo and others. Then, top it all off by savoring a tasty midday cappuccino or coffee, just like the Italians do.
A new way of getting to know the art and history of Florence, all within a child's reach! Books tell stories, describe past eras and feed the mind, but how do you actively introduce children to the so-called "world of art"? You need to intrigue and challenge them and the game is the best participation activity! Getting to know the nuances of a city like Florence means seeing it up close, digging into its details. With our tour, children, accompanied by a qualified guide, will trace the map of the historic center of Florence with one goal: a hunt for lions hidden among Florentine monuments, statues and streets! A challenge dedicated to fun! Finally, once the route has been completed and all the lions have been marked on the map, they will receive a prize: a refreshing ice cream! The itinerary consists of different stages in which children will learn to observe monuments, statues and squares, learning about their stories and tales through the "lion hunt"!
Come discover Florence by bike! The Bike Tour of Florence is available every day, starts at 10 AM, 3 PM and 9pm and it takes two hours. The meeting point is Via Cavour 21/Red. In 2 hours you will visit all the major tourist attractions, under the experienced guidance of our entertaining and fun, professional history guide. You will ride through the narrow streets of the main center, the Oltrarno, and you will reach some of the most amazing and secluded monuments of Florence.
Learn the story of the powerful and influential Medici family, who helped shape Florence into the city it is today. A family of wool merchants and bankers, the Medicis rose to prominence in the 1500s and ruled Florence throughout the Renaissance. Visit Palazzo Medici, Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, and other notable landmarks on a 2-hour walking tour.
Get ready for extreme fun and fitness on a footbike tour! The footbike/ Kickbike is a type of scooter that features a larger front wheel than back wheel and a platform upon which the rider can stand and kick off from the ground. When utilized in cities, footbikes provide an excellent means of transportation throughout small, crowded streets. As you adventure around the beautiful city of Florence, you will discover amazing monuments, hidden treasures, and charming neighborhoods. You will pass by the banks of the Arno River and have the opportunity to see famous Italian architecture. No matter your age, riding a footbike in Florence will make you feel like a kid again, and you will not even realize that you have completed an incredible workout. • Visit the important sites of Florence in 2 hours • Footbike/kickbike • Helmet • Expert tour guide
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