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  • Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

    1. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

    The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Pitti Palace is the former home of the powerful Medici family, the lavish Renaissance palace now 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. Today, the Pitti Palace houses some of the most important museums in Florence: on the first floor is the Palatine Gallery, containing a broad collection 16th and 17th century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. The Gallery of Modern Art, located on the second floor of the Pitti Palace, has a fine collection of paintings and sculpture, mostly Itali...

    I was most interested in the Bobboli gardens - the palače Is majestic, od course, bit the gardens are really something astonishing.

  • Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike

    2. Florence: Small-Group Tour on E-Bike

    Cycle through the city of Florence to discover the hidden treasures of the birthplace of the Renaissance. Listen to captivating stories while touring through many of the significant squares that make Florence so rich in history and art. Discover the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Then visit the Republic Square, one of the main squares in Florence that has formed the city center since Roman times.

    Also, visit Michelangelo Square, to take in the best panoramic views of the city. Discover the captivating history of the city that gave birth to incredible artists and amazing scientists.

    Great tour with the details you “really want to know”! E-bike makes it easy to do for everyone and gives you a kickstart for the days to come and check out the liked places in more detail.

  • Florence: Dome Self-Guided Tour with Priority Access

    3. Florence: Dome Self-Guided Tour with Priority Access

    With this official Duomo self-guided tour you will skip the long line. You will download the audio guide directly onto your smarphone and enjoy the tour at your leisure. Admire the Cathedral's interiors which are a masterpiece of the Renaissance. Discover how the building is the made of 2 different shells with passages in between then. Follow your certified guide along these historic passages as you admire amazing views on the inside of the Cathedral and on the outside. Ascend 60 meters high across a marble pavement where you can enjoy the chance to touch the figure of the frescoes of the inner shell. Once you've arrived at the top feel as if you are taking a skywalk above the city. Marvel at the stunning views of the Tuscan countryside and Florence city center including Fiesole, the Chianti area, the central market, Santa Croce Church, the Synagogue, San Lorenzo Church, Palazzo Pitti,...

    Our tour guide Veronica was pleasant, welcoming and knowledgeable. She gave us lots of interesting information about the history of the Duomo and was very patient and understanding with my slower pace climbing the steps. Veronica was calm, professional and caring when I needed extra time before climbing the last few steps and ensured that I was feeling okay before continuing with providing the remainder of the tour information at the top. I couldn't imagine a better guide. Would highly recommend.

  • Florence: Pitti Palace Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

    4. Florence: Pitti Palace Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

    Skip the lines and long waiting times with this skip-the-line entry ticket to Pitti Palace. Plan your trip ahead or purchase right before your visit. On the day of your visit, simply redeem your voucher at the ticket counter, then enjoy your day at the museum freely, without any time limits.

  • Florence: Palatina Gallery and Pitti Tour

    5. Florence: Palatina Gallery and Pitti Tour

    Go on a guided tour through the Palatine Gallery, the opulent Renaissance palace that served as the Medici family's main residence after it was built during the 15th century. Marvel at the incredible collection of artworks arrayed in the style typical of private collections surrounded by rich decor and ornate original frames.  Accompany 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 from the 15th to the 17th century. Explore the Planetary Rooms, which were designed by the great Baroque painter Pietro da Cortona to provide a stunning backdrop of frescoes and stucco to the paintings in the Medici collection. Finally, visit the royal apartments once inhabited by the King of Italy.  After you 1.5-hour tour, enjoy free time to return to any rooms o...

    Marco is a very intelligent and knowledgeable guide, gave us a well rounded in context tour of the palace and the historic references

  • Florence: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    6. Florence: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    Discover Florence’s rustic charm by bike. Follow paths too far to reach on foot and too narrow to reach by bus. See iconic monuments and find hidden gems with a professional history guide. Start your tour at the agency. Your experienced guide will lead you through the beautiful streets of the old town and the Oltrarno. See Florence’s famous landmarks, such as the Artisan district, Palazzo Pitti, San Frediano, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi square, Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, the Medieval district, the Duomo, and Piazza della Repubblica. Pause throughout the tour to learn some history and fun facts about the city. You will learn where to find the best gelato, bistecca alla Fiorentina, and truffles. Your guide will also show you lesser-known spots, often unseen by tourists.

    SUCH an amazing experience! Seeing Florence via bike was the way to go! We would recommend this to anyone, especially people who have a limited amount of time to see the city. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and gave us great tips, along with showed us some places we would have never thought to check out. Highly, highly recommend - if you are in Florence, this is the only tour you MUST do!

  • Florence: 2-Hour Small-Group Segway Tour

    7. Florence: 2-Hour Small-Group Segway Tour

    Hop on a Segway and prepare to be amazed by the highlights of the Renaissance City. Start your adventure at the local partner's office in the historical center of the city. After a quick safety briefing and training, hop on your Segway and set off on your adventure. Learn about the city from an English-speaking guide and go off the beaten path to discover the most charming streets and squares. The easy-to-use Segways provide a convenient way to explore the city and help you and your family create long-lasting memories of Florence. Explore places such as the Medici Palace, which was the home of Cosimo the Elder and the workplace of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Botticelli. Republic Square, the main square in Florence that has marked the center of the city since Roman times, as well as Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florence’s politics since the 14th century.

    Rafaelo was wonderful! My kids really just were looking to ride the seaways around and not listened and he immediately understood. Which was perfect!! He catered to them and they responded by listening to the history of this beautiful city! It was a perfect way to see the city with kids and everyone had a wonderful time

  • Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

    8. Florence: Eco-Friendly Golf Cart City Tour

    Hop on an electronic golf cart and discover the history of Florence in an entertaining, relaxing, and eco-friendly way. After meeting your driver, head to Ponte Vecchio and follow the Ponte Santa Trinita to reach the Arno to the Oltrarno area, where you can admire the majestic Palazzo Pitti. Pass under the Vasari Coridor on your way back to the city center. Here, admire the architectural style of the Basilica of Santa Croce, the National Library and the back of the Cathedral with the famous Brunelleschi's Dome. Next, see one of the oldest hospitals in the world and the headquarters of the Medici family. Discover the legend of "Berta" and glide past the central train station. Continue towards the Santa Maria Novella with its impressive Renaissance facade. Finally, arrive at the Ognissanti district, gaze at the old city walls, and hear interesting facts and stories about Florentine tradi...

    I can’t say enough about our tour of Florence in this cute little golf cart! Luca was our guide and he was amazing! We were able to see a little of the city and then he lead us up through the scenic hills, where you pass the famous Piazzale Michelangelo and other historical sites. He was super knowledgeable funny and proud of country. This tour is a must do when visiting Florence!

  • Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

    9. 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, 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 an...

    It was a very instructive tour. Our guide was very kind, expert and knowledgeable. It was a very nice experience for us.

  • Florence: Family Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

    10. Florence: Family Treasure Hunt Walking Tour

    Explore the history of one of the most elite families of the area, the Medici family. Learn how the incredible cultural movement of the Renaissance transformed not only Florence but eventually the rest of Europe. Use this information and useful tips to solve riddles.  Visit the Piazza Della Republica, the main square of Florence, which marks the center of the City. After a little talk about the history and the changes of the Piazza Republica, walk straight to the Piazza Della Duomo, which is a showstopper of Filippo Brunelleschi, Giotto, Arnolfo, and Francesco Talenti. Walk through old buildings and historical landmarks of Florence to Palazzo Vecchio, where the David’s’ sculpture by Michelangelo is placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio as a symbol of the Republic's defiance of the tyrannical Medici. The original is in the Galleria dell'Accademia.  Afterward, walk past the Palazzo Vecchio ...

    We are a family of 4, two girls of 11 and 7 and my wife and I. We took the treasure hunt with Martina and she was amazing, she has a great balance between teaching the girls about history and having fun. We had a great time!.

Planning Your Visit

  • How much time to spend?

    You could easily spend an entire day strolling through the gardens, popping in and out of each wonderful museum. Budget at least two hours to breeze through the essentials, and add an hour if you plan to explore the gardens. Take note that entry into each building is not allowed one hour before closing.

  • Admission: Buy a package ticket

    Each museum costs up to 8.50€. If you plan to see multiple collections, buy the Palazzo Pitti biglietti cumulative, an all-access pass for 11.50€ that will let you into the gardens, all of the galleries and the royal apartments for three days.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Hours vary my attraction, so check online and plan ahead!
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets for one museum start at 7€ and continue upwards with packages, perks and tours available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With so much to see and do in several locations, a guide is a great idea.
  • How to get there
    Take the C3 or D bus to the Pitti stop.
  • Additional information

    • Keep in mind much of this area is pedestrian only traffic, so be prepared to walk!

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What people are saying about Pitti Palace

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 729 reviews

SUCH an amazing experience! Seeing Florence via bike was the way to go! We would recommend this to anyone, especially people who have a limited amount of time to see the city. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and gave us great tips, along with showed us some places we would have never thought to check out. Highly, highly recommend - if you are in Florence, this is the only tour you MUST do!

I can’t say enough about our tour of Florence in this cute little golf cart! Luca was our guide and he was amazing! We were able to see a little of the city and then he lead us up through the scenic hills, where you pass the famous Piazzale Michelangelo and other historical sites. He was super knowledgeable funny and proud of country. This tour is a must do when visiting Florence!

Had a great time. It was great to see more than the tourist attractions and to have a chance to explore the area. Very good pace of the Tour also very entertaining explanations .

Excellent Guide called Lorenzo .. very informative of all the history of Florence. Not strenuous .. nice amble along the tourist sites.

Marco is a very intelligent and knowledgeable guide, gave us a well rounded in context tour of the palace and the historic references