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Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

1. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

Step inside Florence's Pitti Palace and explore the Palatine Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art with your priority ticket. Marvel at historic collections, such as the Treasury of the Grand Dukes and the Medici Collection. The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Today, the lavish Renaissance palace hosts an extraordinary collection of art.  Admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens.  Explore some of the most important museums in Florence on your visit to the Pitti Palace. Visit the Palatine Gallery on the first floor and discover a broad collection of 16th and 17th-century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. Then, head to the second floor to see the Gallery of Modern Art and admire the fine collection of paintings and sculptures, mostly Italian, dating from the late 18th century to World War I. The elegant rooms, which were inhabited by the Lorraine grand dukes, are decorated with works of the neo-classical and romantic periods.

Florence: Pitti Palace and Palatina Gallery Guided Tour

2. Florence: Pitti Palace and Palatina Gallery Guided Tour

Explore one of the great treasures of the Renaissance, and see art by masters of European painting on a guided tour of the Palatine Gallery, Florence. Located in the former residence of the grand-dukes of Tuscany and later King of Italy, the museum is the 2nd most important Florentine painting gallery after the Uffizi Museum. Follow your guide to see masterpieces by renowned artists, such as Rubens and Caravaggio. Learn to appreciate the skills and techniques of artists like Tiziano and Raffaello. Works are shown on dividers between the fantastic rooms of the Renaissance palace, still decorated with extravagant frescoes and stucco work. Once the guided section of your tour is complete, feel free to stay and browse at leisure. See the Treasure of the Grandukes at Palazzo Pitti's ground floor and discover Italian art from the 18th and 20th centuries at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna on the top floor.

Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

3. Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

Start in the early morning and visit the grandiose courtyard of the Pitti Palace with your expert English-speaking guide. Then, you'll reach the "noble floor" (first floor) to discover the magic of the Palatina Gallery and its amazing collection of paintings, Renaissance and Neo-classic pieces of furniture with superb tops made with semi-precious stones, which gave fame to the Medici family all over Europe. Stuccoworks and frescoes on the ceilings, splendid paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Raffaello, Tiziano, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Caravaggio in unimaginably beautiful gilded frames will linger on in your memory. Never too crowded and so enjoyable even in the heat of the summertime, visit the Boboli Gardens in the early morning. One by one all the Grand Dukes of the Medici family will be stepping into the scene in a fabulous scenario. Continue exploring the oldest part of the Boboli Gardens and its enchanted Amphitheater, as well as its green spaces which have inspired major landscape architects of the world.

Florence: Palatina Gallery & Pitti Palace Guided Tour

4. Florence: Palatina Gallery & Pitti Palace Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour inside this marvelous Renaissance Palace, which was built during the 15th century. It was then bought by the Medici Family and became their glorious residence. With an expert guide, discover the Palatine Gallery and the Royal Apartments. The Palatine is the main gallery inside the Palace and it contains around 500 Renaissance paintings. It was the private collection of the Medici family. There are 28 rooms and inside their last sumptuous residence, you can still admire remarkable masterpieces by Botticelli, Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, and many other Italian and European painters from the 15th to the 17th century. 

Florence: Semi-Private Pitti Palace & Palatine Gallery Tour

5. Florence: Semi-Private Pitti Palace & Palatine Gallery Tour

Those wishing to visit the main attractions in Florence simply cannot miss the Palazzo Pitti and the Palatine Gallery. This palace was the last residence of the Medici family in Florence, and as part of a small guided group tour you'll have the privilege to enter from the priority entrance of the palace without waiting in the long lines. Starting from the office and crossing the Ponte Vecchio, you'll arrive in front of the palace to discover the most important works belonging to the daily life of the family of the Grand Dukes of the Medici. Discover works from Cosimo the 1st to Anna Maria Luisa, the latter of which was also called "Electress Palatine" from which the name of the gallery is derived. Your guide will show you works concerning the families which followed the Medici, from the Habsburgs Lorraine to the first King of Italy, including annexed royal apartments. Visit the main attractions of the palace such as the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, and the Museum of Fashion and Costume. The entrance ticket that your guide will give you will be valid for the whole day, allowing you to remain inside the gallery even after the end of the guided tour.

Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

6. Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

Meet your guide at Pitti Palace, then head inside for your private tour. Start off with an introduction to the famous Medici Family and the Pitti Family. Learn about their historical influence on Florence and what their lives here would have been like. Follow your guide around the palace, which is similar to an open museum. Walk in the footsteps of grand dukes, and admire the richly decorated interior. Highlights of the tour include the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fashion and Costume. At the end of the tour, receive your priority entry ticket to the Boboli Gardens. Finally, explore the gardens at your own leisure, and marvel at the Renaissance statues and carved fountains.  

Florence: Fashion Private Tour with Museum Visits

7. Florence: Fashion Private Tour with Museum Visits

The first fashion show in Italy took place in Florence, Villa Torrigiani, 12 February 1951 and the second in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti. The tour will start from the Ferragamo Museum. They documented the entirety of Salvatore Ferragamo activities, since his return from the US to Italy in 1927 until his death and hear plenty interesting stories about this fashion house. Very important to visit next is the Palazzo Pitti with magnificent Costume Gallery. There, approximately six thousand pieces, ancient and modern clothes, accessories and theater costumes. Considered the only museum of the history of fashion in Italy and one of the most important one. Also a stop by Museo degli Argenti - Silver Museum, with the jewelry collections of Medici and Lorraine. The most important there to see is the "Scaramazza Pearl" of Anna Maria Luisa, the last of the Medici dynasty. The visit will end with an introduction to the Boboli Gardens, the famous Italian garden.

Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

8. Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

Explore the former residence of the ruling families of Tuscany on a private tour of the magnificent Pitti Palace, now a complex of amazing museums in the Oltrarno district of Florence. See artifacts that belonged to the powerful Medici family and other rulers of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, including masterpieces by Raphael and Titian in the main Palatine Gallery. Look inside the opulent Royal Apartments, and explore the Winter Quarter and rarely seen Prince of Naples Quarter. Discover the largest museum in Italy dedicated to fashion, and visit the recently reopened Bardini Garden offering panoramic views over the city. Stroll the Renaissance-style Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace and discover a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Admire the Fountain of Neptune in the Roman-style amphitheater and much more.

Florence: Pitti Palace Entry Ticket and Guided Walking Tour

9. Florence: Pitti Palace Entry Ticket and Guided Walking Tour

Take a guided tour of the Pitti Palace, built in the second half of the 15th-century. Discover the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, and the art collection of the Medici family, and learn about the history of the site. With your guide, first visit the Palatine Gallery to admire some masterpieces of famous painters including Caravaggio, Botticelli, Rubens, and Titians. Then, visit the Royal Apartments, where the Medici Family, The Grand Dukes of Tuscany, and the Italian Royal Family lived.  After the guided visit you can visit the Boboli Gardens at your leisure. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and opulence of the gardens and get a sense of the privilege and power enjoyed by the Medici family in centuries past.

Florence: Boboli The Medici Gardens & Hidden Messages

10. Florence: Boboli The Medici Gardens & Hidden Messages

Get lost in the woods. On this itinerary, discover the gardens designed for Cosimo I de Medici in 1562 which became a model for the European royal gardens. Boboli, with its green architectures, statues, fountains, terraces and grottoes, is the first park in Europe where works of art hide meanings and allegories. On your 1.5-hour  guided walking tour, you will hear about the stories and myths of the gods and heroes, imagined and represented by artists from many periods, from ancient Roman to contemporary. Among these are the sculptures of Hercules, of Demeter and the Spartan King Tyndareus, the Fountains of the Artichoke and of Neptune, the Secret Garden and the Tunnel of Love.  In the purest italian style, the gardens consist of several kilometers of rich vegetation and great fountains. You will go to the top of the gardens where it is possible to admire a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Florence.

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This was hands down the BEST tour guide we have had. She was phenomenal: engaging, well spoken, knowledgeable, and passionate. We loved the gallery in Pitti Palace - such incredible works of art but we appreciated it more because of our guide. She was able to answer all our questions and helped us appreciate the works of art. Just a terrific experience.

Our guide was excellent and passionate for the history of the Pitti Palace. He brought the paintings to life with unique stories of their history and what the painter was portraying. It was one of the best tour guides we have ever experienced. We would definitely recommend him for the Pitti Palace Tour in Florence Italy.

Great experience! So organized and well planned. Perfect time on gondola. Claudia the tour guide at the beginning was the best! So sweet and informative. I really loved her energy.

Our guide was great which makes all the difference during a tour. She was very knowledgeable and excited to show us the Palace.

Easy to schedule, easy to find meetup location, punctual guide.