City, Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Youth and Family
Kid Friendly: Yes. The Palatina has a very abundant collection of 16th, and 17th century paintings and richly decorated rooms. The gardens are obviously more fun for children but toddlers would need a buggy because there's a fair amount of walking up and down slopes to do!
There are steep slopes in the gardens and gravel surfaced terrain
Maximum travelers: 10
Italian (fluent), English (fluent)
The Grandukes' extravagant lifestyle reflected in their house and grounds
The Pitti Palace is a larger than life 'country residence' bought by Cosimo I's wife Eleonora di Toledo in 1549. She had been craving a garden and fresh air away from the stench of downtown Florence and their pokey abode (Palazzo Vecchio!). An ingenious suspended corridor built in 1565 by Giorgio Vasari, hence the name "Vasari corridor", connects the two palaces, permitting the Grandukes and their entourage a safe passage to and fro whilst hidden from their enemies and general riff-raff.
Behind the Pitti palace lies one of Florence's main attractions, the Boboli gardens, an immense Italian style park with a multitude of gurgling fountains, secret grottoes, statues and tree-lined avenues. There's even an ancient Roman bathtub where Cosimo III used to keep his pet hippo!
Today the palace is home to the largest museum complex in Florence. The Palatina gallery is a must with many masterpieces by Raphael, Titian and Rubens and fantastic trompe l'oeil baroque ceilings. The unrivaled Medici legacy is here.
- Starting point in front of Pitti Palace
- Visit of monumental courtyard
- Tour of Palatina gallery
-Boboli gardens and Porcelain Museum
- Silverworks museum ( if time permits).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Either at your hotel ( if in the centre of Florence) or directly in front of the ticket office at Pitti Palace
End location: Your hotel or outside Pitti Palace
Duration: 4 hours
If it is not possible to visit the Boboli gardens due to adverse weather conditions we can either extend the visit of the palace to the Duke's treasures and costumes museum or visit the Basilica of Santo Spirito which is very close to the palace
4 hour guided tour of the Pitti Palace and Boboli gardens with a fully licensed, English nationality tour guide (resident in Florence since 1986).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 euros - Entrance ticket €24
Refreshments during the tour.
Entrance ticket € 24 (inclusive of €4 booking fee)
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
I am licensed to guide in English and Italian