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.