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!