The Pitti Palace is a huge Renaissance palace on the south side of the Arno River in Florence. It is across the river from the main part of the city, and crosses the famous Ponte Vecchio. The palace is huge, with rough stone storeys sitting heavily on top of each other. When it was first built in the mid fifteenth century for wealthy banker Luca Pitti it must have been an extremely formidable and powerful statement – it still is today.
Inevitably, the palace passed into the hands of the Medici family who came to control Florence in every way imaginable, (until the family died out in the mid-eighteenth century). Then it became home to the Grand-Duchy of Tuscany and later a royal palace for the Kings of the united Italy.