Palazzo Pitti and Florentine Art

Pitti Palace and the Florentine Art of Villa Campestri

Florence is world-renowned for being the “cradle of the Renaissance“. For centuries its beauty and its artistic heritage marvel tourists and travelers.

Among the great palaces in the city one on all is really exemplary: Palazzo Pitti.

Palazzo Pitti and Florence through the centuries

This huge palace is one of the greatest architectural examples in Florence.

Originally the palace was built by the Pitti family in 1457 on the design of Filippo Brunelleschi and realized by his pupil Luca Fancelli.

The original building of Palazzo Pitti provided only the central part of the existing building, consisting of the 7 central windows on the first floor. In 1549 the palace was sold to the Medici, becoming the residence of the family.

In 1560 Bartolommeo Ammannati designed and built the large and gorgeous courtyard and added the two lateral wings. Then Cosimo II de ‘Medici expanded it and opened the front yard.

The palace overlooks the famous Boboli Gardens where Ammannati made the cave with fantastic decorations and water games.

Visiting Palazzo Pitti means retracing the glitter and splendor of a ancient age.

Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Garden

Palazzo Pitti is located on the slopes of the hill on which stands the Boboli Garden.

The Boboli Garden is a historic park in Florence and is connected to Palazzo Pitti and the Fort of Belvedere.

The garden is one of the most important examples of the world of Italian garden and is a true outdoor museum, for the architectural-landscaping setting and for the collection of sculptures ranging from Roman antiquities to the XVI and XVII centuries and some even modern.

Palazzo Pitti: timetables and museums

Inside Palazzo Pitti there are various museums, including:

The Galleria Palatina, art gallery with more than 500 paintings by Sanzio, Rubens, Tintoretto, Tiziano, etc;
The Galleria d’Arte Moderna, which hosts Italian painters from the eighteenth to the twentieth century;
The Museo degli Argenti, which has a collection of precious objects belonging to the Medici family;
The Galleria del Costume, the Italian Fashion Museum.

In the Pavilion of the Meridiana you can admire the Contini Bonacossi Collection with works by Duccio da Boninsegna and Goya.

The Porcelain Museum, however, remains inside the Boboli Gardens, behind Palazzo Pitti.

The museums of Palazzo Pitti can be visited on the following opening hours:

From Tuesday to Sunday, 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m.
Closing: all Mondays; January 1, May 1, and December 25

Where to buy Palazzo Pitti’s tickets

To visit the museums of Palazzo Pitti you can buy tickets directly at the entrance of the nearby facilities.

Sometimes the ticket queue is very long, so you have to know that Palazzo Pitti’s tickets can also be purchased online at

It is possible to book the ticket and the time of entry by calling in Florence Museums: Tel. (+39) 055294883

Visiting Palazzo Pitti is a truly unique experience. The Polo Museale Fiorentino and Palazzo Pitti are easily reachable from Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort.

We look forward to welcome you and offer you further advice to make your visit to Palazzo Pitti unforgettable!

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