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Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery
Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery

Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery

Piazza Pitti 1, Firenze, Italy

The Basics

Palazzo Pitti was home to Florence’s Medici family for centuries, and today the palace’s rooms and halls form a sumptuous backdrop for the Renaissance and baroque paintings and frescoes in the Palatine Gallery (Galleria Palatina), formerly the private collection of the Grand Duke. Laid out according to the Grand Duke’s personal tastes rather than by painting school or chronological order, the gallery was opened to visitors in 1828 by Leopold I of Lorraine.

Though less well-known than Florence’s Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi) or Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia), the Palatine Gallery matches both in importance and beauty, and is best visited with an expert tour guide who can concentrate on the most significant works from the hundreds on display. Most guided tours of Pitti Palace include a visit to the gallery along with the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Boboli Gardens.

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Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour
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$198.69 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Well worth the time and expense!
Valentina was the best guide for our Borghese tour! She was informative and very entertaining. 10/10 tour!
Bonnie_S, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Florence

star-5
Great tour!
Adam_M, Jul 2022
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour
We had Connie and she was just great; extremely knowledge while also very funny. She pointed out so many details we would have missed on our own, plus gave us a mini history lesson. Sign up for the earliest session to avoid the heat and the crowds!
star-5
Lots of masterpieces well described.
Christine_Z, Jul 2022
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour
The guide, Christina, was very knowledgeable and interesting. She explained the paintings and their history in a way that made it come alive. I would highly recommend the tour to any art lover.
star-4
No audio guide
John_F, May 2022
Pitti Palace and Palatina Gallery Entrance Ticket
Entry was very easy and no lines. Sadly there were no audio guides so you should get a tour. We enjoyed the time there but an audio guide would help.
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Edrie_M, Sep 2021
The Private Residence of Medici Dynasty: Pitti Palace
The incredible education on the history of art in Florence. The medium various styles. How things progressed. How the medicine family acquired and commioned art.
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We were the only couple...
Janet_S, Sep 2021
The Private Residence of Medici Dynasty: Pitti Palace
We were the only couple on the tour was which was really nice. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable.
star-5
Excellent guide for Pitti Palace
Rob_B, Jul 2022
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour
Alessandro our guide was brilliant and he explained everything clearly as we toured the gardens and the palace. We learned so much from him as he educated us on the different styles of paintings and painters This tour is a Must when visiting Florence and if possible request Alessandro as your guide
star-4
great place to visit
WonJeong_K, Oct 2019
Pitti Palace and Palatina Gallery Entrance Ticket
the palace and museums were awesome but i had an issue at the entrance - the staff couldn't find my reservation and it took a while for her to give me the ticket and had attitude. although i had no problem with viator, the staff at the palace was really impolite.
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Regina R, Oct 2019
The Private Residence of Medici Dynasty: Pitti Palace
This tour was great! Our guide Natalia was informative and a joy to be with!! The residence was interesting to me because I follow the Medici family line. The art work was amazing as well.
star-5
Fabulous and informative.
Bruce_P, Jun 2021
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour
Eleonora was fantastic. Best guide in my whole trip. She was incredibly knowledgeable about art, art history, history in general she made the 3 hours fly by. She focused on the interesting art pieces. Can’t say enough good things. Recommend highly. And her English is excellent. She is also a really nice person.
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"House and Garden"
Gerard P, Dec 2019
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour
The garden itself is not very beautiful. Although it is a very good spot to get photos with the Duomo and Giotto's bell tower in the background, along with the Baptistry. I would have liked to have spent more time with the paintings inside the palace. Our guide, Elenora, was very knowledgeable with the history.
star-5
Incredible and fascinating!
Alejandra, Oct 2021
Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour
Alessandro is probably one of the most knowledgeable guides we’ve had (we travel a lot). He could answer any questions - no matter how obscure, not only of history, but art, Florence and travel in Tuscany. His pace was perfect for us, with detailed explanations of all that we were seeing. He integrated all information from Pitti Palace with all other sites around town. He allowed ample time for questions and made sure we could remain in the museum after our visit was done, while giving suggestions of what to explore afterwards. We highly recommend him and the tour!!!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Palatine Gallery is of special interest for art and history buffs.

  • Pitti Palace is the largest museum complex in Florence and exploring requires quite a bit of time on your feet, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

  • Traveling families can use the private nursery for feeding and changing infants.

  • There is a café and bookshop in the courtyard of the Pitti Palace.

  • The Palatine Gallery is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Palatine Gallery is located in the Oltrarno neighborhood on Piazza Pitti, about a 15-minute walk from the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station across the famous Ponte Vecchio.

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When to Get There

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 8:15am to 6:50pm. Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, so its sights and museums can be very crowded in the summer. Schedule a visit to the Palatine Gallery in spring or fall, if possible, and avoid the first Sunday of the month, when the museum is free and particularly packed.

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Other Museum Highlights in Florence

Art aficionados visiting Florence must also plan on visiting Michelangelo’sDavid at the Accademia Gallery and the masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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