Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) Tours

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Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti) was built by Luca Pitti in the 1400s. A century later, Duchess of Florence Eleonora di Toledo purchased the Renaissance palazzo for her husband, Cosimo I de' Medici, and it remained the official residence of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until the early 20th century. Today, Pitti Palace is Florence's largest museum complex.

The Basics
This massive stone palace was once home to the ruling Medici family, then to the Austrian House of Lorraine, and finally to the House of Savoy—until Victor Emmanuel III donated the palazzo and its contents to the nation of Italy in 1919. A full 140 rooms, housing a number of important museums and galleries, are open to the public. The Palatine Gallery, which holds an impressive collection of Renaissance masterpieces, including works by artists Raphael, Titian and Rubens, is the most famous. Visitors can also tour the sumptuous Royal Apartments, Silver Museum, Porcelain Museum, Carriage Museum, and Costume Gallery. The palazzo even houses a Modern Art Gallery, highlighting Italian painters from the 18th to early-20th centuries. 

An array of private and group tours, often including skip-the-line access to Pitti Palace and other nearby attractions, are available. Consider joining a walking tour of Florence that visits a number of Renaissance monuments built during the reign of the Medici family.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Pitti Palace is one of Florence's most important attractions, home to centuries of art and history. Booking a guided tour including skip-the-line tickets is strongly recommended. 
  • Due to the sheer scope of the palace and its collections, by far the best way to visit is with a tour guide who can lead you through the highlights.
  • Large backpacks, bags, and umbrellas are not allowed inside; there is a free cloakroom at the entrance.
  • The palazzo is completely wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Pitti Palace is on the southern bank of the Arno River in the Oltrarno neighborhood, reached via the Ponte Vecchio bridge near the Uffizi Gallery. Take the No. 11 bus to Piazza San Felice or the C3 or D buses to the Pitti stop.

When to Get There
The palazzo can be very crowded between May and October, and at midday. Consider an early-morning or late-afternoon tour to avoid the peak visiting hours. The museums are closed on Mondays and holidays. 

Visiting the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens
After visiting Pitti Palace, take a stroll around the adjacent Boboli Gardens, dotted with Renaissance statues, fountains, and grottoes.
Location
Address: Piazza de' Pitti, Florence 50125, Italy
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Hours: Open daily at 8:15am, closing times vary depending on the month. Closed Christmas and New Year's
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Admission: Fees vary depending on gallery
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Skip-the-Line: Palatine Gallery and Modern Art Gallery Ticket at the Pitti Palace

While the Uffizi and Accademia Gallery are first to draw Florence’s main art-loving crowds, the Pitti Palace’s Palatine Gallery houses another must-see collection. Avoid the main entrance lines with this skip-the-line ticket, and admire the largely 17th-century artworks by greats including Titian, Raphael, Botticelli and others, at leisure. Your ticket also includes entry to the Pitti’s Gallery of Modern Art, a showcase of later Italian works.
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Skip-the-Line Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Walking Tour

Get an up-close look at works from Titian, Raphael and Rubens on this 2-hour tour of Florence’s Palatine Gallery. Located inside the Pitti Palace, former home of the Medici rulers, you’ll skip the main entrance lines with your guide and head straight inside. Explore the elaborate interior of the gallery and the impressive paintings on display as you learn about how the Medici family came to amass their private collection. To ensure an intimate experience, numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour.
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Private Renaissance Discovery Tour of Florence

Discover Florence’s artistic and architectural treasures with the help of a local expert on this private, 3-hour walking tour. Wander through a labyrinth of winding medieval streets as you learn the legends behind famous landmarks like the Palazzo Vecchio, Vasari Corridor, and the Duomo Cathedral. Set your own pace and take advantage of personalized attention from your guide for a fascinating introduction to the birthplace of the Renaissance.
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Florence Eco Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Zip around Tuscany's capital city, touring Florence aboard a convinent and eco-friendly electric gold cart. Explore the historic center of this 'cradle of Renaissance,' learning its many monumental sights and attractions through recorded commentary as you go. See such landmarks as the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the open-air Porcellino Market and lovely Ponte alle Grazie, a bridge destroyed during WWII and later reconstructed. Take in the surrounding scenery while your driver navigates the roads. You'll also have an opportunity to visit Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Italy's largest library.
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Afternoon Food Tour with Beer Tasting in Florence

Get to know Florence’s beer and brewery scene on this walking tour that includes beer and food tastings. In the Oltrarno quarter on the south side of the River Arno, visit local pubs where you’ll taste four different styles of Italian craft beer. Each is paired with a food sample. This is a great way to experience a different side of Italian culinary culture with a knowledgeable guide.
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Florence Medici Mile Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the Medicis, Florence’s Renaissance-era rulers, on this walking tour. Stroll the route dubbed the ‘Medici Mile’ to see buildings and treasures funded and constructed by this wealthy family, who helped nurture the Italian Renaissance. Admire the Palazzo Medici Riccardi and Duomo, trace the exterior of the Vasari Corridor, and see the Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, and other residences as you hear about the dynasty’s history, patronage, and power struggles.
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Medici's Mile plus Pitti Palace and Museums, or Boboli Gardens

Trace the footsteps of Florence’s powerful Medici family and learn how these medieval art patrons helped spark the Renaissance. Visit Medici chapels and palaces while hearing tales of court intrigue and scandals. Follow the historic Vasari Corridor that dukes and duchesses used to cross the city in secret, and finish across the River Arno with included admission to your choice of either the Palazzo Pitti — the last Medici residence — or the royal Boboli Gardens.
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Florence Walking Tour

Explore the rich history and top attractions of Florence on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Led by a local guide, hear about the rule of the influential Medici family during the Renaissance as you stroll through the neighborhood of San Lorenzo. Travel past the Medici Chapels, admire the iconic exterior of the Duomo, follow from the outside the entire path of the famous Vasari Corridor and see the historic Ponte Vecchio bridge, now host to a hub of jewelry shops. Your tour will conclude in central Florence, near the Pitti Palace, so that you can continue exploring on your own, if you choose.
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Pitti Palace Tour in Florence: Palatine Gallery

Visit Pitti Palace in Florence for a tour of its Palatine Gallery, a collection of private rooms and chambers that were once used by the grand dukes of the Medici family. Home to a wealth of Renaissance and baroque paintings, the gallery is fascinating to explore. Let an art-historian guide show you its highlights, and discover the showpieces of the Planetary Rooms along with works by Raphael, Titian, and Rubens.
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Private Palatine Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

Experience one of Florence’s greatest art collections with the depth and focus that comes with a privately guided tour. This 2-hour tour of the Pitti Palace’s Palatine Gallery showcases the highlights of the Renaissance and 16th-century collection, mostly amassed by the Medici. View works by greats like Raphael, Titian, Botticelli, and Rubens, plus frescoes by Pietro da Cortona, and more. Includes pre-booked tickets so you can bypass the main entrance lines.
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Welcome to Florence Orientation Tour: City Stroll and Gelato

Get an overview of Florence before jumping feet first into this vibrant Renaissance city. This 2.5-hour walking tour provides the ultimate introduction to the major sights, hidden gems, and food scene, so you can properly enjoy the city later on. Admire must-sees like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, discover neighborhoods beloved by locals, and get insider tips on restaurants and tucked-way gems. Break for an authentic Florentine gelato (ice-cream) along the way.
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Florence Independent Tour with Audiopen and Optional Lunch

Use a handheld audio guide to explore Florence, and make your way around a preset route, put together by a local expert guide. The innovative ‘audiopen’ includes a touch-screen map, which allows you to wander the city streets and learn about its sights as you go. Check out Palazzo Pitti, Florence Duomo, the Church of San Lorenze and Brunelleschi’s Dome among other landmarks on your route. Want to enhance the experience? Add a meal when you book and enjoy three courses of food in Florence’s historical center.
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Private Electric Bike Tour of Florence

Explore the Renaissance capital of Florence in a fun way without getting worn out with this private 3-hour electric bike tour. Ride through the historic center and some of the surrounding hills.
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Gardens of Florence Walking Tour

Enjoy a relaxing visit to two of Florence's most spectacular green spaces with this walking tour of Florence gardens. Explore the massive Boboli Garden behind the Pitti Palace, once the private garden of the Medici family. See the Bardini Garden with its collection of art work on display.
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2-Hours Walking Tour in Florence

Choose your own course on this 2-hour guided walking tour of Florence. See the must-see sites, including the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio or opt to go somewhat off the beaten path by seeing Boboli Gardens and the Church of Santo Spirito, among many other spots. This is a great option for first timers and return visitors.
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Classic Florence Walking Tour

Get to know Florence on a private walking tour of the city with a knowledgeable guide. During this 2-hour exploration, discover the Renaissance city’s top sights as you cross bridges, walk along winding alleys, pass by medieval markets and see famous landmarks like Santa Maria del Fiore, aka the Duomo. This is a great way to get oriented with the city so you’ll know what sites you want to return to later.
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Beyond the Arno: Oltrarno Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Medici dukes and Renaissance craftspeople on a private, 2-hour tour of Florence’s Oltrarno district. Cross the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge to the other side of the River Arno, known for its royal and artisan heritage. Learn about the area’s illustrious history from a local guide as you stroll down stately Via Maggio and admire landmarks like the medieval homes of Borgo San Jacopo, Brunellesci’s Santo Spirito Church and the glorious Pitti Palace.Price is per group, based on a maximum of 10 people.
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Florence Vasari Corridor and Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery Walking Tour

Explore two distinct art collections on this 5.5-hour walking tour of the Palatine Gallery and the Vasari Corridor in Florence. Led by a knowledgeable guide, wander the secret passageway of the Vasari Corridor. Once used for private comings and goings by the 16th century Medici family, the walkway now boasts an incredible assemblage of paintings and self-portraits. Afterward, head to the Pitti Palace to roam the lavish Palatine Gallery, home to hundreds of works by Titian, Raphael, Rubens and other masters.
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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Discover Italian art, history and culture on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city’s top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and more. Your pass includes unlimited rides for the duration selected and 360-degree views from the open air of the upper deck.
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Private Skip-the-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour

With so much to see in Florence, it can be hard to know where to begin. On this private tour, take a break from your guidebook and make sure you hit all the most important Renaissance monuments, from Medici palaces and the famous Duomo to artsy Oltarno across the river and high-fashion avenues. Plus, fit in a visit to one of the most famous sculptures of all-time with skip-the-line access to the popular Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s ‘David.’
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Private Tour: Full Day Walking Tour of Florence Highlights with Duomo, Uffizi and Accademia

Discover the best that Florence has to offer on a full-day private walking tour through the Renaissance city. Visit the city’s historic landmarks like the Duomo, Giotto’s bell tower, Ponte Vecchio, the Baptistry and more as you listen to informative commentary from your guide about the history of Florence. Then enjoy skip-the-line admission to the world-renowned Uffizi and Accademia galleries to see works from Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Raphael, and more.
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Aperitivo Tour of Florence

Get a taste of aperitivo, Italy’s popular happy hour tradition, on a 2.5-hour tour in Florence. Begin the evening at a gelato shop with a palate-pleasing taste of mojito sorbet before heading to two wine bars to partake in happy hour Florentine-style. Sample a delicious spread of Tuscan cheeses and salami while sipping some regional vino. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience.
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A sweet walking in Florence from Rome

Escape Rome for a day on a guided trip to Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Your itinerary is loaded with architectural gems and gourmet food tastings, with free time to explore at your own pace. Going with a guide eliminates the hassle of planning and navigating on your own and ensures you leave with a new perspective on the city’s rich history and culture.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Florence Private Renaissance History Tour

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Florence Bike Tour

Saddle up for a 2.5-hour bike tour through the streets of Florence. Led by a local guide, pass top attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and the iconic Ponte Vecchio. As you travel around the historic sites, learn interesting facts and anecdotes about this Renaissance city from your guide. Pull over to enjoy a complimentary coffee or gelato before finishing up your Florence biking excursion.
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