The Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy
A visit across the Ponte Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti(Pitti Palace) is a great way to uncover fascinating layers of Florentine history. Pitti Palace was the historic residence of not one but three dynasties. The Medici family, whose power and influence helped usher in the Renaissance purchased the palace from its original owner - the Florentine merchant Luca Pitti, who had it built as his private residence in the middle of the fifteenth century. The Hapsburg-Lorraine family succeeded the Medici in 1737. And it passed to the Royal family of the Savoy in 1865.
Museums Inside the Palace
Palatine Museum (Noble Floor - 1st floor)
Museum of Fashion and Costume (2nd Floor)
Imperial and Royal Apartments (Noble Floor - 1st floor)
Modern Art Gallery (2nd Floor)
Treasury of the Grand Dukes (Ground Floor)
Museum of Russian Icons (Ground Floor)
The Palatine Chapel - The Court Chapel of Hapsburg-Lorraine (Ground Floor)
The Medici Grand Duke, enlarged the body of the facade and behind the Palazzo created the magnificent Italian garden of Boboli. The Boboli Gardens took over three centuries to create and became a model for Palace gardens throughout Europe.
The Gardens have an extension of about 111 acres. These impressive gardens have four entrance doors with public access, they are the courtyard of the Pitti Palace, the Belvedere Fortress, the Via Romana gate, and Porta Romana Square.
Boboli Garden is part of the World Heritage Site (UNESCO) for the richness of its architecture, amphitheater, its sculptures, and water features.
Good To Know
Single entrance to the Pitti Palace collections: Palatine Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Treasury of the Grand Dukes, Museum of Russian Icons, and Palatine Chapel 10€
Cumulative Pitti + Boboli Garden 14€
Access from the right side of the courtyard.
From Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 to 18.30
Closed: January 1, December 25
On the right side of the courtyard. Closing times: from September to May, 6.30 pm; June - July - August, 7.00 pm.