Pitti Palace


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The Palace is split into several galleries, with separate and cumulative tickets available.
The Palatine Gallery and Modern Art Gallery are together in one ticket and open Tuesday-Sunday 8:15am-6:30pm.

Admission: € 8.50.
Concessions available.

The Boboli & Bardini Gardens, Silver Museum, Porcelain Museum, Costume Gallery are included in one ticket.

Opening days: daily except first and last Monday of the month. From November-February 8:15am-4:30pm; March 8:15am-5:30pm; April, May, September, October 8:15am-6:30pm and June-August, 8:15am-6:50pm.

Admission: € 7.00
Concessions available.


Description

As an historical palace and museum, the Pitti Palace is a unique place to visit as you are literally walking through the rooms and lives of the royal families that lived here. It is also a great option if you do not have much time, as you can see so many wonderful things in the one place – the gardens, beautiful views, the palace, history and famous Renaissance artworks.

The Palatine Gallery and the Royal Apartments:
The Palatine Gallery is where you go to see the wonderful collection of High Renaissance and Early Baroque painting (16th-17th century). Some of art history's most famous painters are represented here from Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian and Rubens, to Van Dyck and Caravaggio, with over five hundred paintings covering the walls. Unlike any modern gallery, the priceless paintings hang (still in salon style as was popular in the 19th century) in rooms covered with frescoes and full of luxurious furnishings. The gallery also spills into the Royal Apartments, a set of fourteen rooms taking up the right wing of the palace where they remain an important historical record of the sumptuous palace and its inhabitants from the Medici to the House of Lorraine to Napoleon to the Savoys.

The Modern Art Gallery:
The thirty rooms that make up the Modern Art Gallery's collection of artworks from the 18th cenutry to the 1920's are organised in chronological order, still decorated with the original touches of the period of the Lorraines' residence. Beginning with Neoclassical works, such as Antonio Canova's sculpture, Calliope, and Giovanni Duprè's Abel, you will work your way to the 19th century where the most characteristic part of the collection is kept: the Macchiaioli paintings.

The Silver Museum:
These rooms are also unofficially known as the Medici's treasury, because it is not simply a collection of priceless silver items as you might think but it also has Lorenzo the Magnificent's collection of cameos, gemstones and ancient vases as well as his death mask. There are also amazing pieces of gold, lapis-lazuli, crystal and turned ivory collected thoughout the era of the Medici and their successors. For lovers of frescoes and fine details, the Silver Gallery's seventeenth century rooms themselves are a highlight. The walls and ceilings are incredibly frescoed, with heavy use of trompe-l'oeil "trick of the eye" details to fake architectural structures like balconies and columns.

The Costume Gallery:
This elegant gallery has a collection of costumes and fashion from the 16th century to the present, with some of today's most famous fashion designers included. It is Italy's only historical fashion museum with a rich collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories from throughout the centuries plus a 20th century costume jewellery collection.

The Boboli & Bardini Gardens:
The magnificent Boboli gardens are laid out in eleven acres of grand and formal avenues, with beautiful mature trees, lawns and meadows, statues, fountains and grottoes. The Roman style amphitheatre was used for theatre and opera, holding many famous performances, including Greek-inspired melodramas that are now considered the earliest known operas, such as Jacopo Peri's Dafne and Euridice.

At the top of the gardens, overlooking the countryside is the Porcelain Museum, opened in 1973, housing a collection of precious porcelain from all over Europe, many of the items were gifts from other European rulers to the Medici.

Together with this ticket, you also have access to the beautifully restored Bardini garden and terrace. It has a glorious view over Florence; the garden is laid out over the hill between the Boboli gardens and the Piazzale Michelangelo.


Comments

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You get an idea when you approach the Pitti Palace of how much there is going on inside. The building is HUGE! It actually has more than one museum inside worth visiting and that is before you make your way out back to the (again HUGE) Boboli gardens behind the palace.

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