The Palazzo Pitti is a vast, mainly Renaissance, palace, a short distance from the Ponte Vecchio. The palazzo dates from 1458 and was originally the town residence of a Florentine banker. The Medici family bought the palace in 1549 and became the chief residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. It grew as a great treasure house as later generations amassed paintings, jewellery and art.
The Palazzo is now the largest museum complex in Florence. It is divided into several principal galleries or museums detailed below.
Highlights of the Palazzo Pitti
- Italian Portraits at the Palatine Art Gallery
- Raphael’s Paintings at the Palatine Art Gallery
- Titian at the Palatine Art Gallery
- Pieter Paul Rubens at the Palatine Art Gallery
Galleries or Museums of Palazzo Pitti
- Palatine Gallery
- The collection includes over 500 principally Renaissance paintings
- Royal Apartments
- A suite of 14 rooms, formerly used by the Medici family, and lived in by their successors
- Gallery of Modern Art
- The collection includes the Italian Art schools of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- Silver Museum
- A collection of priceless gold, silver, cameos, and works in semi-precious gemstones.
- Porcelain Museum
- Porcelain is from many of the notable European porcelain factories, including Sèvres and Meissen.
- Costume Gallery
- The collection includes theatrical costumes and Italian fashions.
- Carriages Museum
- The collection of carriages and other conveyances used by the court mainly in the late 18th and 19th century.
Questions and Answers about the Palazzo Pitti
- Tickets for the Palazzo Pitti
- The Palazzo Pitti is one of Florence’s famous museum and can have very long lines for ticketing. We recommend advance bookings during the peak season to avoid a long wait in the ticketing line. Or considering purchasing one of the combined city or combined museum tickets which provide skip the line through the fast track lane options.
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- Name: Palazzo Pitti
- English: Pitti Palace
- City: Florence
- Country: Italy
- Established: 1581
- Type: Art Museum, Historic site
- Location: Piazza de’ Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
“What I have dreamed in an hour is worth more than what you have done in four.”
– Lorenzo de’ Medici
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