Palazzo Pitti

A vast 15th century palace commissioned by the ambitious Florentine banker Luca Pitti, housing an important collection of Renaissance paintings.

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The gardens are extensive and fairly steep in places, so take some appropriate footwear if you really want to explore them

The Palazzo Pitti is a vast Renaissance palace found on the south side of the River Arno, at the end of Ponte Vecchio. Parts of it date from 1458, when it was the city residence of Luca Pitta, a Florentine banker. Before long, as with most things, it was bought by the Medici family, and over the centuries it has steadily accrued an unrivalled collection of luxuries, from paintings to jewels, from silks to swords.

For a time in the 18th century it was used as a base by Napoleon, who always had an eye for the grandest spot in town, and at the start of the 20th century it was donated to the Italian people by King Victor Emmanuel III. To this day it is the largest museum complex in Florence, housing the Palatine Gallery, the Silver Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Costume Gallery, among others.

Corridor of Power

When the Medici family bought the palace they made a couple of changes to suit their tastes: namely more than doubling its size and adding an exclusive corridor linking it to the Palazzo Vecchio via the Uffizi. Known as the Vasari Corridor, this allowed private passage for the Medici family, sparing them from mingling with the masses on the Ponte Vecchio. It is now open to the public.

With Roses Overgrown

The Boboli gardens are both a sprawling green space in the heart of Florence and an open air museum. With its ancient oaks, trickling fountains and exquisite sculptures, the Boboli gardens served as inspiration for many European Royal gardens, including Versailles. It’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon drifting around.

Nearby Attractions

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Ponte Vecchio
The 'Old Bridge' over the river Arno is famous for its traditional jewellery shops and art dealers.
Santo Spirito
This basilica boasts some of the best in Renaissance interior design, courtesy of Brunelleschi.
Boboli Gardens
In the heart of Florence is this charming green gem, an illustrious Renaissance garden teeming with sculptures.
Italian Cantucci
Step into a local restaurant's kitchen and watch a baking demonstration of homemade cantucci.
Renaissance Statues
Throughout Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, there are dramatic marble statues which draw global visitors each day.
Handmade Shoes
See the handmade process of shoemaking.

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The Beauty and Craft of Florence - Private Walking Tour inc Tickets
Explore the finest Renaissance architecture and experience authentic Italian leather on this 3-hour craft tour.

  • Commence your tour at the antique Florentine Quarter 
  • Pass by the much-celebrated Uffizi Gallery, home to much Renaissance art
  • Cross over the Ponte Vecchio, towards Palazzo Pitti
  • Enjoy a short stop at the Church of Santo Spirito
  • Visit the incredible Leather School of Florence 
  • Conclude at Mannina, a family-owned Florentine cobbler 
Antique Florentine Quarter
What better place to start than the antique Florentine Quarter where the talented Dante Alighieri used to live? You will pay a visit to Piazza Della Signoria, where you can not help but be captivated by the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia Dei Lanzi. Originally the seat of power for the ruling elite of the Republic of Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio is now the town hall and a symbol of the Tuscan capital. Built back in the 14th century, the charming Loggia dei Lanzi is a masterpiece of Florentine Renaissance architecture and now hosts remarkable Renaissance sculptures.

A short walk on and you will also pass the celebrated Uffizi Gallery, home to some wonderful creations by the Italian Renaissance greats of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many others. The world-famous medieval bridge Ponte Vecchio is well worth a visit with its many quaint craft shops selling small souvenirs, lovely jewellery, and beautiful paintings. 

Renaissance Florence 

Your tour also includes a quick visit to the Church of Santo Spirito. Initially drafted by the immensely talented Brunelleschi; it was finally completed years after his death in the late 15th century. You will complete your journey with a short stroll around the Quarter of Santa Croce, taking its name from the scenic church of Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan church in the world.

Authentic Italian Craft

Visit the Leather School of Florence which was created after World War II by Franciscan friars of the Monastery of Santa Croce with the mission of teaching orphans of the war a practical trade with which to earn a living. You will also have the opportunity to visit Mannina, a family-owned Florentine cobbler that are still using traditional shoemaking techniques. 
The Medici Dynasty Private Tour inc Tickets: Profit, Power, and Politics
Immerse yourself in the power and politics of the Medici Dynasty on this fascinating 3-hour tour.

  • Commence your tour of Palazzo Medici, the family's first lordly residence.
  • Discover the hidden gems of the palace - Palazzo Pitti and the picturesque Boboli Gardens.
  • Stand in awe of a wide collection of Renaissance paintings and sculptures.
  • Uncover the history and secrets of the Medici family.
The 15th century was Florence's golden age, a period of unprecedented artistic and intellectual achievements. Indeed, it is the city that gave birth to the Renaissance, and home to the Medici family. 

The House of Medici was an Italian bourgeois family that ruled Florence and, later, Tuscany, from 1434 to 1737 (except for two brief intervals). Wherever you look in Florence, you will meet the Medici – not just their busts and coat of arms, but the magnificent churches, palaces and works of art they commissioned. Discover how the history of the Medici is riddled with dramatic rises and ruinous falls- filled with secrets and scandals. 

This tour will focus on the amazing history of their rise to power and the palazzo intrigues and will let you know more about their private life by visiting the hidden gems of their main Palace, Palazzo Pitti, and the gorgeous Boboli Gardens. 

Palazzo Pitti, which has also been the residence of the King of Italy for a brief period in the late 18th century, houses important collections of paintings and sculpture, porcelains and costumes, besides providing a magnificently decorated historical setting which extends to the Boboli Gardens, one of the earliest Italian gardens famous also for its fountains and grottoes. This green heart of Florence can be considered an open-air museum, rich in history and art, stories, secret corners and fascinating routes.
Private Tour of Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens
To stroll Palazzo Pitti today is to embark on a fascinating journey through the grandiose eras of grand dukes, monarchs and Florence’s storied past. On the Private Guided Tour of Palazzo Pitti, you will: 

  • Browse the artistic highlights in collections of ceramics, paintings costumes and jewellery. 
  • Learn the building’s fascinating history in a grandiose era of grand dukes and monarchs.
  • Benefit from an expert guide’s compelling commentary and swerve queues and crowds.
  • Discover masterpieces by Titian, Raphael and Rubens 
  • Learn about Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1743), patron of the arts. 
  • Marvel at the palace’s lavish 17th-century gilded interior - itself a magnum opus
  • Stroll formal parklands in the historic Boboli Gardens, open to the public since 1766
Set on the River Arno’s south banks, this vast Renaissance palace makes a grandiose architectural statement of epic proportions. Commissioned by Florentine banker Luca Pitti who aspired to live in a building so large it would dwarf all his enemies, the 1446-built Palazzo Pitti has hosted a trio of noble families over the centuries: the Medici, the Lorena and the Savoy. 

Pitti’s rivals, the Medici Family, bought the Palazzo Pitti in 1549 and became a symbol of the power of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany’s ruling families. Located at the foot at Boboli Hill, the building’s forbidding design features a series of repeated arch-headed apertures reminiscent of a Roman aqueduct. 

In 1919, the palace and its contents were donated by King Victor Emmanuel III to the Italian people - and the gallery’s gilded paintings and priceless artefacts represent one of the most magnificent collections in the world today.

On the Private Guided Tour of Palazzo Pitti, an expert guide will navigate queues and crowds to take you to the most important collections within several world-class museums. Discover glorious works by Titian, Raphael and Rubens and learn the compelling backstories to the masterpieces that adorn the walls together with the history of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1743), the Palazzo Pitti’s patron of the arts. 

Marvel at the 17th century lavish, gilded interior decor - itself a magnum opus - and enjoy the world-class artistry in the Palatine Gallery, the Silver Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Costume Gallery, the Porcelain Museum and the Museum of Carriages. The grand, formal parklands of the historic Boboli Gardens, open to the public since 1766, is a fine example of an early "Italian Garden", and provides a fitting finale to a resplendent tour rich in courtly grandeur.
The Secrets of the Medici Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, we will take unveil 'The Secrets of the Medici',  dynasty that ruled for over 300 years and whose support of the arts and humanities turned Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance and forged most of Florence's history.

We have all heard many times about the Medici's wealth and power but there is so much more to them and their story.

On this 60 minutes long live tour your tour guide will take you back in time to unveil the ambition but also the shortcomings, love affairs and obsessions of this famous family. 

The tour will start at the place where everything began, Palazzo Medici, and from there, in a chronological manner, you will proceed all across town to follow the steps of this dynasty. 

The DuomoPiazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Pitti will be the perfect background to hear about the rise and fall of the Medici, with the splendour of some of its member and the insignificance of others, the returned loves and the desperate marriages of the people who made Florence the centre of the world! 


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