This imposing structure was originally built for Luca Pitti, who was determined to undermine the Medici's by displaying his wealth and power. It was begun in 1457 and was later bought by the Medici family in 1550 when the Pitti heirs were bankrupt. It then became one of the main residences of the Medici's and all of Florence's rulers. Tradition says that the palace was designed by Brunelleschi and built by his pupil Luca Fancelli. The palace was enlarged and altered from 1560. The large courtyard and the two wings, designed by Bartolomeo Ammanati and the complete rearrangement of the gardens.
It is open from 8:30am everyday. It is best to get a combined ticket if you want to visit the gardens and museums.
The Boboli Gardens are formal Italian style gardens dating back to the 16-17th century.
They are found in the grounds of the Palazzo Pitti.
Take some time out and wander around and discover the fountains, statues and hidden groves.
It is a quiet place to relax and from here there are fabulous view back over Florence.
In Florence, there's SO much to choose from, especially where museums are concerned. Luckily, during my Art History classes, we visited just about every museum and church in the city, so I can comment based on that.
The Galleria Palatina in the Palazzo Pitti is my favorite museum in the city . . .it is smaller than the Uffizi but has some fantastic pieces as well. Plus, some of the rooms have been maintained and appear as they were as bedrooms, etc. during the end of the Medici era.
In the gardens, you'll find fountains, views and statues galore. There's usually some renovation going on, but there are acres and acres to walk. It's the perfect retreat from the city on a nice day.
Tickets for both are to the right as you face the front of the building. When I was there in March 2008, the prices for admission had just been almost doubled. I believe that a ticket for the museum and gardens was 21 euro. Update your guidebooks!
The Palazzo Pitti was originally built for the banker Luca Pitti. The huge scale of the building, begun in 1457, illustrated Pitt's determination to outrival the Medici family. Ironically, they later purchased the palazzo when building costs bankrupted Pitti's heirs. In 1550 it became the main residence of the Medici, and subsequently all the rulers of the city lived there. Today the richly decorated rooms exhibit treasures from the Medici collections.
We enjoyed our tour of the Gardens far more than we thought we would. Amazing scenery, sculptures; and we met some really nice people along the way. Amazing views of the city of Florence from here. Be prepared to walk! You'll need different tickets for different tours at Pitti Palace- pay attention at the ticket counter. There's also a lovely little cafe across the street and an internet cafe next to the cafe that offered decent rates.
This grand palace is home to several museums, Palatine Gallery; Appartamenti Monumentali; Museo degli Argenti; Galleria del Costum and Carriage museum. The entrance to the museums is right in the center of the Palace.
This palace originally was commissioned by Luca Pitti in the 1450s intent on outdoing his arch rivals, the Medici’s, and he created a truly grand palace. Ironically a Medici purchased the place in 1549 when Pitti heirs went broke in large part due to construction costs. The Medici substantially enlarged the palazzo, which then became the official home of Florence's rulers. When Medici bought the Palace they laid out the Boboli Gardens. There you can also venture into the Gardens where you will find rare trees and bushes arranged in geometric patterns an amphitheater, several fountains with sculptures, the orangery, Forte di Belvedere and the Porcelain museum in the Rose garden.
Today along with the Uffizi it houses many treasures of the Medici family bequeathed by the last of the Medici clan, who died in 1743, to Florence. Most of the paintings in the collection of the Palatine Gallery are from Medici collections with paintings by Raphael; Titian; Bartolomeo; Botticelli; Rubens; Tintoretto; Veronese; Caravaggio; Van Dyck; Perugino; Sustermans; Ghirlandaio; Reni; Lippi,; Sodoma; Velazquez and many others. The rooms also have ceilings with frescoes painted by Pietro di Cortona that show the education of Medici by gods. The apartments have all their original wall coverings, tapestries, and beautiful chandeliers of Murano glass. All the rooms also have various tables with inlays of different types and color of wood showing exotic birds and ornaments. Galleria del Costume as its name suggests shows the history of costumes through the time starting with late 18th century and through the 1940’s. It has a very interesting collection that you can easily cover in 10 minutes.
Good place to get away from the Disney-mania going on in Florence. Take a nice picnic and a book and get some sun in the park. The lawns in the back of the park by the large fountain are a great place to meet locals.
The entrance charge is 4 Euros.
This palace was originally built for the banker Luca Pitti and started in 1457. It is a huge building and it was meant to outrival the Medici family with its show of wealth and power. But the Medici later bought the palace when the cost of building bankrupted the Pitti's heirs. In1550 it was the main Medici residence and after that all the rulers of the city lived there, today lots of the Medici collections are housed there. We were very lucky - quite by chance we decided to visit on the day it was open - free of charge - to the public!
I especially loved the Appartmenti Monumentali. These are the State appartments on the first floor of the south wing of the palace. They were built in the 17th century and are decorated with beautiful frescoes by various Florentine artists. There are some lovely portraits of the Medici by the FLemish painter Justus Sustermans, he worked at the court between 1619 -1681. He had never really heard much about him but his paintings are wonderful.
The Galleria Palatina is also marvellous with some lovely works by Boticelli, Tintoretto and (one of my favourite artists) Titian. The gallery consists of 11 main salons.
There is also the Museo degli Argenti (silverware museum), and costume museum and modern art, but we decided to spend all our time with the paintings this time we visited.
If you decide to combine your visit with the gardens and some of the interior apartments you will not be disappointed. If you do visit the Boboli Gardens are worth a bit of your time. They will take a while to get through but are very worth it. There are a number of sculptures and fountains all around the pathways and manicured landscape.
Florence was my city of surprises and Pitti Palace was amongst them. I had visited Palazzo Dulcale when I was in Venice and thought, why not visit Palazzo Pitti?? (Plus, since I had to get reservations for the Accademia and the Uffizzi, I had to spend my first day in Florence productively!!!)
Pitti Palace was erected on the southern bank of the Arno River for the Pitti family. Unfortunately, the banking speculations of Luca Pitti left his family bankrupt and the palace incomplete. When he died in 1472, Elenora of Toledo (Cosimo I's wife) purchased it in 1472 (she didn't like the crampness in Palazzo Vecchio...scandalous!!) Eventually, in 1865, after the unification of Italy, the residence became the royal palace of the Savoy dynasty.
Today, Pitti Palace houses the great collection of art accumulated by the Medici family which includes great works by Tintoretto, Raphael, Rubens, and many more!! They also have a wonderful collection of modern art and historical costumes. What I found most intriguing was the way that the rooms were restored to the grandeur that they were in the time of the Medicis. Their extravagant lifestyle is very apparent!!
This formal 16th century Italian garden is located on a hill behind the Pitti Palace full of statues, fountains and greenery (a rare sight in Florence). Built by the Medici family after they moved into the palace in the mid 1500's. At a high point in the garden is the Forte di Belvedere offering views of the city of Florence.
These gardens were laid out by the Medici after they bought the palace in 1549. the gardens are a very good exampl of stylized Renaissance gardening and a lovely place to relax in for a couple of hours after visiting the palace. The gardens were opened to the public in 1766.
High above the gardens, and quite a climb up, is the Forte di Belvedere which was dseigned for the Medici Grand Dukes by Buontalenti in 1590.
Since I generally enjoy spending more than a day or two anywhere I travel, I try and see at least one park or garden of the place I'm visiting. While I was in Florence, I didn't have enough time to visit the Pitti Palace, but I did have an hour or two to visit the Boboli gardens which I had read a little bit about.
I've divided up my pages here, because their are different parts to the garden. One enters the garden via the courtyard at the back of the palace, climb a set of stairs and suddenly, the visitor enters what is referred to as the Amfiteatro, or amphiteatre where dramas and classical comedies were performed during the 16th and 17th century for the Medici court.
The space is punctured by the Artichoke Fountain and the Obelisk, and the wide perimetre surrounded by classical statues. One continues walking straight up to the Forcone Basin where is located the Fountain of Neptune made by Soldo Lorenzi in 1571. This is where I took my first break and luckily, found a bit of shade where to sit and watch the world pass by...
Admittance time. Weekdays: January, February, November and December: 8.15 am – 4.30 pm; March: 8.15 am – 5.30 pm; April, May, September, October: 8.15 am – 6.30 pm; October: 8.15am - 5.30pm: closing time one hour earlier at the end of E.U. summer time; June, July, August: 8.15 – 7.30 pm; the ticket office closes one hour before the garden closing time.
Holidays: January, February, November and December: 8.15 am – 4.30 pm; March: 8.15 am – 5.30 pm; April, May, September, October: 8.15 am – 6.30 pm; October: 8.15am - 5.30pm: closing time one hour earlier at the end of E.U. summer time; June, July, August: 8.15 – 7.30 pm; the ticket office closes one hour before the garden closing time.
Closed on: first and last Monday of every month. December 25, January 1, May 1. -
Entrance: € 7,00; € 10,00 from 22nd December 2007 to 27th April 2008. Combined ticket Silver Museum, Costume Gallery, Porcellaine Museum, Bardini Gardens.When there are no exhibitions: € 11,50 combined ticket Pitti Palace Museums; € 9,00 after 4.00 pm entrance to the Palatine Gallery.
When I went to Florence I had no idea of the Pitti Palace or the Baboli Gardens. You can imagen how stunned I felt when I saw the palace when taking one of my walks!
The Pitti Palace was built by the Pitti family, the arc rivals of the Medici family. They wanted to proove their powers and welth by building a bigger palace then the Medicis had. Well their pockets werent deeper then that. They went bankrupt and the Medici family took ownership of the palace. The continued to build it and connected it with the Uffizi, but Uffizi means of course officies and those were the officies of the family. The Ponte Vecchio connected the palace to the offices.
You cant really see that much of the palace. You can see the apartments which are absolutely stunning but I wasnt so impressed. But do take a look at it.
But do not forget to visit the Boboli gardens which are located behind the palace. The gardens are huge and on a good day the heat can be overwhelming to remember to take a bottle. Look at the map before entering. I thought they parked strecthed upwards but it goes down the hill on your right. You have to walk it all, although I didnt because it was too hot and I didnt bring any water!
I hope you have fun!
Boboli Gardens was an amazing experience. I suppose that I never realized how much I like gardens until I started to travel. This one was really spectacular!!!
The Boboli Gardens were laid out for Eleanor of Toledo, wife of Cosimo I de'Medici. There is an elaborate grotto that separates Pitti Palace from the Boboli Gardens. This is the first amazing sight you will have as you enter into the impeccably tended Boboli Gardens!!
Nov-Feb daily 8:15am-4:30pm
March daily 8:15am-5:30pm
April-May and Oct daily 8:15am-6:30pm
June-Sept daily 8:15am-7:30pm