Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) & Boboli Gardens, Florence

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Pitti Palace front entrance

Pitti Palace front entrance

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Pitti Palace - an overview

The Pitti Palace is sometimes overshadowed by the Accademia and Uffizii Galleries but the Pitti Palace is one of the biggest museums in Italy (and of course Florence too). Many visitors to Florence almost visit the Pitti Palace as an afterthought and are taken aback at the treasures they witness, often resulting in the visit being their favourite attraction in Florence.


So, do not fall into the same trap, give yourself plenty of time. Palazzo Pitti houses many different halls containing world class treasures throughout the building.


Within the Pitti Palace are several museums filling a total of 140 rooms. To the casual visitor a guide or tour may well be beneficial so you do not miss the highlights. If you have a real interest, be warned, you may require more than one visit.


If you have time you can take a stroll around the adjacent Boboli Gardens, dotted with Renaissance statues, fountains, and grottoes this world famous garden inspired many European Royal gardens, in particular, Versailles. The Boboli Gardens require a separate ticket.


The Pitti Palace was built by Luca Pitti in the 1400s, but later it was purchased by the de' Medici family when Pitti went bankrupt. The de' Medici family being the Italian banking family and political dynasty that are responsible for sponsoring the work of the Renaissance masters that now attract so many to Florence and made the Pizzi Palace what it is today.


Pitti Palace Museums

There arel 140 rooms within the Pitti Palace, housing a number of important museums and galleries.

Today the Palace is divided into four museums: the Treasury of the Grand Dukes on the ground floor, the Palatine Gallery and the Royal and Imperial Apartments on the first floor, the Modern Art Gallery and the Museum of Costume and Fashion on the second floor.


The Palatine Gallery is the main museum for most within the Pitti Palace holding an impressive collection of Renaissance masterpieces, including works by artists Raphael, Titian and Rubens.

Each room is named by the theme of the pictures displayed or the artists represented.


Visitors can also tour the sumptuous Royal Apartments, Porcelain Museum, Carriage Museum and Costume Gallery. The palace houses a Modern Art Gallery, highlighting Italian painters from the 18th to early-20th centuries.

Boboli Gardens - an overview

Directly behind Pitti Palace are the Boboli Gardens that the Medici family established, creating the Italian garden style that would become a model for many European courts.


Ponte Vecchio Florence

Walk over Ponte Vecchio to Pitti Palace

The Boboli Gardens with its formal layout is often referred to as an outdoor museum, reflecting just how much there is to see in a landscape populated by ancient and Renaissance statues, fountains and buildings, and of course the garden plants and trees are not bad either.


Highlights include the Fountain of Neptune and the Isolotto, an oval shaped island in a tree enclosed pond with statues populating it.

Pitti Palace ticketing, opening, location

Location

The location of the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens is very central within the city centre of Florence, but on the south side of the river, the opposite side of the river from the Duemo, the Accademia and Uffizii Galleries and almost everything else worthwhile in Florence.


Whilst there is a local bus service the vast majority will walk, its that close its probably a lot quicker too.

Its very simple, just walk across the Ponte Vecchio, another major Florence icon and keep going straight up the road opposite. The Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens are only about 3 minutes walk up the road on the left.


The Uffizi Gallery is just around the corner from the northern end of Ponte Vecchio and in fact there is a covered walkway called the Vasari Corridor connecting the Uffizi and Pitti Palace that went above the shops on Ponte Vecchio. The Vasari Corridor is still there, although not open to the public, but there are tours that allow access.


Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens opening and ticketing

The Pritti Palace is open all year but closed closed Mondays.

The Palace is open 08.15 am - 6.50 pm

Ticket prices are cheaper in the winter months November to February.

You can buy tickets just for the Pitti Palace or combination tickets that include the Uffizi Gallery and Boboli Gardens.


Florence Uffizi Gallery Tickets

The Boboli Gardens is open all year every day.

The gardens open at 08.15 am and shut at different times according to season from late afternoon to early evening.

Ticket prices are cheaper in the winter months November to February.

You can buy tickets just for the Pitti Palace or combination tickets that include the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens.

Skip-the-Line Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Walking Tour

Guided 2 hour walking tour of the Pitti Palace where you receive personalised attention on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.

Avoid waiting in line and enjoy fast-track access with the skip-the-line ticket included.

Your tour will conclude in the gallery after two hours, leaving you free to continue exploring on your own, if you wish.


Skip-the-Line Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Walking Tour

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