Palatine Gallery

Palatine Gallery: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Tour

3. Pitti Palace: Tour

Go on a guided tour through the Palatine Gallery in Florence, the opulent Renaissance palace that served as the Medici family's main residence after it was built in the 15th century. Marvel at the incredible collection of artwork surrounded by rich décor.  Follow your local guide through the gallery and admire dozens of Renaissance paintings, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, and many other Italian and European painters. Explore the Planetary Rooms, which were designed by the great Baroque painter Pietro da Cortona to provide a stunning backdrop of frescoes to the paintings in the Medici collection. Finally, visit the Royal Apartments, once inhabited by the King of Italy.  After your tour, enjoy free time to return to any rooms or paintings you want to take a closer look at. This is the ideal tour for art and history lovers alike, made all the better by your knowledgeable tour guide and skip-the-ticket-line access.

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: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

5. 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.  

Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

6. 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: Boboli The Medici Gardens & Hidden Messages

7. 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.

Florence: Fashion Private Tour with Museum Visits

8. 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.

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: Palatina Gallery and Guided Walking Tour

10. Florence: Palatina Gallery and Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the Palatine Gallary combined with city walking tour in Florence. Follow your guide through the art history of the Renaissance, and discover its many masterpieces. Afterwork, walk the city streets and find yourself at all the major highlights Florence has to offer. Meet your guide and enjoy a guided tour inside the marvellous Pitti palace, built during the 15th-century and bought by the Medici Family, becoming their glorious residence. The guide will escort you through the Palatine Gallery (Galleria Palatina) for you to enjoy the beauties kept there. This private collection comprises a vast group of paintings owned by the Grand Dukes. They are displayed in the official staterooms on the first floor of the Pitti Palace. Discover dozens of Renaissance paintings, including the most remarkable masterpieces by Botticelli, Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, and many other Italian and European painters from the 15th to the 17th century, through the Planetary Rooms. These rooms were designed by the great Baroque painter Pietro da Cortona. They create an overwhelmingly stunning environment of frescoes and stucco. You will soon find that this beautiful setting provides the perfect background for the superb exhibition of paintings from the Medici collection. The tour takes about one and a half hours, the perfect time to appreciate the art collections. You are also free to return to anything you might want to see again after the tour ends. This is the ideal tour for art and history lovers alike, made all more the better skip-the-line access. Later in the afternoon, meet the guide in front of the Hard Rock Cafe to start the walking tour. Receive insight into the history of this Renaissance city and how this incredible cultural movement of the Renaissance transformed not only Florence but eventually the rest of Europe. Begin with Piazza Della Republica, the main square of Florence, before heading straight to the Piazza Della Duomo. Pass the Duomo Square, the guide will lead you straight through the old buildings and some of the historical landmarks of Florence to Palazzo Vecchio, where you will see the Sculpture of David by Michelangelo. Afterward, as you walk past the Palazzo Vecchio, the guide will talk you through the Uffizi Gallery, one of the greatest museums of the world, before you reach the most famous old bridge of Florence known as Ponte Vecchio. Your next stop is at Palazzo Pitti, the enormous palace of Florence's largest architectural monuments of Filippo Brunelleschi. As you walk through the narrow roads of this ancient city with lots of hidden treasures, the guide will answer all the curious secrets of the city. Finally, the guide will talk you through the artists, architects, thinkers, and political figures who led to the Renaissance, before your last stop to La Strega Nocciola for delicious gelato.

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Lara was friendly yet professional at the same time. I was impressed with her knowledge of the Gardens and her enthusiasm for her subject was boundless! Highly recommended!!

Amazing collection of art that provides insight into the rich culture and history of the Renaissance period of Florence and the Medici family.

Martina was very cool… if are interested on reviewing the history and art with full detail. She will definitely is the option..

Must see very impressed with art work in the Palace and the gardens are a must enjoyed every bit of it...

Gardens and house were beautiful Gardens the highlight but certainly steep slopes for some