The palace of Florence that houses seven museums inside

When Luca Pitti, a wealthy Florentine merchant, visited the splendid Palazzo Vecchio, he decided that he would build a much larger and more luxurious building for his family, with the intention of overshadowing the Medici, its owners. The works of Luca Pitti’s dream began in 1458However, construction had to be halted when the merchants’ family went bankrupt, leaving the building unfinished.

Years later, Eleanor of Toledo, the wife of Cosimo I de’ Medici, negotiated with the Pitti family the purchase of the palace. The Duchess of Tuscany, of Spanish origin, acquired the palace at a very low price – given the Pitti family’s critical economic situation – and continued with the renovations: she expanded the main building, decorated the rooms with beautiful works of art and transformed the garden until it becomes one of the most beautiful green spaces in Florence.

When the Medici family was removed from power, Palazzo Pitti passed into the hands of the Lorena family. In the 19th century it was property of the House of Savoy and the residence of Napoleon. Later it became the home of King Vittorio Emanuele II and, in 1919, his heir, Vittorio Emanuelle III, donated the palace to the Italian state to turn it into the headquarters of some of the most important museums in the city.

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Between gardens and works of art

At the moment, This grandiose building houses seven museums where there are important collections of paintings, sculptures, costumes, porcelain and artistic and historical objects. The Palatine Gallery, former Medici art gallery, boasts of having works by Raphael, Titian, Correggio, Rubens and other great creators of the Renaissance and Baroque. The Modern Art Gallery It contains an extensive collection of Italian painting and sculpture, created between the 18th century and the First World War.

On the other hand there is the Costume Museum, whose collection of 6,000 items of costumes from the 18th to the 20th century is unique in Italy and one of the most valued in the world. In it Silver Museum, where the ancient “Medici treasure” is found: precious stones, jewelry, ivory vases, Chinese and Japanese porcelain and crystals. And finally, the Porcelain Museumnoted as one of Europe’s most famous porcelain objects.

In addition, in the Palazzo Pitti you can also visit the Royal Apartmentsa set of fourteen rooms in which the Medici family and their descendants lived, and the Carriage Museum, located on the ground floor of the palace. The tour ends in the wonderful Boboli Gardenan oasis of nature and sculpture ideal for recomposing yourself after contemplating the thousand artistic wonders of the palace.

Practical information

Palazzo Pitti

  1. Address and access

    Piazza de’ Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy.

  2. Schedules

    From Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Closed on Mondays and on January 1 and December 25.

  3. Entry price

    General admission, 16 euros. Children under 18 years old, free. EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old inclusive, 2 euros.

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