The Palazzo Pitti (or Pitti Palace) was once home to the most famous and scandalous family of Tuscan nobility, the Medicis, and is now the location of a series of museums dedicated to Italian art and culture from the Renaissance to the present day. With TicketLens you can compare different websites to find the best prices for tickets to visit the Palazzo Pitti and its museums.
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Tickets to the Palazzo Pitti also include access to the Palatine Gallery and Royal Apartments, the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, the Museum of Costume and Fashion and the Modern Art Museum. Save time for exploring by booking a skip-the-line ticket online.
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5 Tips for Visiting the Palazzo Pitti
The facade of the Palazzo Pitti.
If you’ve been to the Uffizi Gallery and would like great art with fewer crowds, the Palazzo Pitti is known to be a less busy attraction, though there may still be long lines in the high season.
Visit the Palazzo Pitti to discover more Renaissance art and architecture.
The Palatine Gallery contains one of the most important collections of Renaissance art in the world. Make sure to linger over the works of Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, and Rubens.
Fans of fashion shouldn’t skip the Museum of Costume and Fashion, which is home to over 6,000 pieces from the 16th to the 20th Centuries. Look out in particular for the burial clothes of the Medicis, painstakingly restored and available for viewing here.
If you’ve had enough of being indoors, the Boboli Gardens are directly behind the Palazzo Pitti. The gardens aren’t just an elaborate outdoor museum, featuring sculptures, grottos and fountains, but they’re also an ideal spot for a picnic!
If you’re going to thoroughly explore the Boboli Gardens as well as the Palazzo Pitti, make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. There are lots of slopes and stairs, but if you love long walks there’s plenty to see! The ticket including the Boboli Gardens also grants you access to the Porcelain Museum and the Bardini Gardens.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s so special about the Palazzo Pitti?
The Palazzo Pitti was built for Florentine banker Luca Pitti in 1458, who apparently instructed the architect and craftsmen to create a building which rivaled the glory of the Medici residences. After his death, the Palazzo was acquired by the Medicis themselves, a powerful political dynasty in the Republic of Florence. The building and its gardens passed through many hands over the following centuries, including a period of use by Napoleon, before Victor Emmanuel III donated it and its contents to the Italian people. Over the years the art and precious items collected by the Medicis and their descendants grew, and it still forms the basis of the museums’ collections. A ticket to the Palazzo Pitti also gives you access to the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Silver Museum, and the Costume Gallery - so you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied!Read more.
Should I go to the Boboli Gardens too?
The Boboli Gardens are a fascinating extension to the Renaissance-style of the Palazzo Pitti. Built for Eleonora di Toledo, the wife of Cosimo I de’ Medici around 1550, the gardens feature several pieces which would have already been ancient, including an obelisk from Ancient Egypt. The gardens also include a collection of Renaissance art featuring works from Michelangelo, Giambologna and Buontalenti, and along with the lush roses and citrus trees, there’s plenty to see. The greenery and fresh air of the garden might also be a nice change if your trip to Florence has been heavy on museums.Read more.
How long should I plan for my visit?
While you could easily lose yourself in the museums of the Palazzo Pitti for several days, it’s possible to see everything in the palace complex in about 2 hours, to which you should add at least 1 hour for the Boboli Gardens if you decide to visit those as well. There’s no time limit, so take your time to explore the museums once you’re inside.Read more.
How do I get to the Palazzo Pitti?
The Palazzo is in the Oltrarno district in the center of Florence. From Santa Maria Novella train station you can walk to the park in 30 minutes, or you can take the bus (C3 or C4) and be there in 15 minutes.Read more.
The Palazzo Pitti museums are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 8.15 am to 6.50 pm. The museums are also closed on 1 January and 25 December. Closure of the museum galleries starts at 6.30 pm daily.
Piazza de’ Pitti 1 50125 Florence Italy
A cloakroom is available on the right-hand side of the court and is free for visitors to use. Umbrellas, backpacks and cumbersome bags must be left before entering the museums.
In the peak season (1st March to 31st October) standard tickets for the Palazzo Pitti are 16€ and reduced tickets are 8€. During the off-peak season (1st November to 28th February) standard tickets are 10€ and reduced tickets are 5€. On the first Sunday of each month, entry to the museums of the Palazzo Pitti is free. These free tickets can only be purchased at the ticket office on the day, it isn’t possible to book in advance. Combined tickets including the Boboli Gardens and the Uffizi Gallery cost 38€ in the peak season (reduced price 21€) and 18€ (11€ reduced) in the off-peak season. Reduced tickets are available for EU and EFTA citizens aged between 18 and 26 who can provide a valid form of ID. Visitors under the age of 18 may enter free of charge every day, but those under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
The entrance to the Palazzo Pitti requires visitors to proceed up a steep but gradual slope. Visitors in wheelchairs may require an accompanying person to assist. Internally, there are lifts throughout the galleries, although some may require assistance from a member of staff to access. The Boboli Gardens may be difficult to access via wheelchair without an accompanying person as the paths are mostly gravel and can be steep. A tactile tour of the Modern Art Gallery is available for visitors who are blind or partially sighted, this can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.