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PITTI MUSEUM & BOBOLI GARDENS TOUR

PITTI MUSEUM TOUR Guided Tour
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  • Skip-the lines! Tour lenght: 3 hours
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Description

When the rich Florentine merchant Luca Pitti died, the palace on the other side of the Arno was still unfinished. The rich Medici Duke Cosimo I bought it with the park and square lying in front of it as the Family's official home in 1550.

Palazzo Pitti, opening on to the Boboli gardens, was a more prestigious and appropriate alternative for the Medici than their residence in Palazzo Vecchio, still the symbol of Florence's Republican past. Cosimo and his wife Eleonora decided to turn it into a princely palace.

It is the most monumental of the late Renaissance Florentine buildings. Its sumptuous decorations and extraordinary art collections continuously added to over the years, its art objects, fountains, rare plants in the Boboli Gardens have told the story of this spectacular building over the centuries.

The Pitti's Palatine Gallery houses important Florentine and Venetian Renaissance paintings including the famous Madonna on the chair and The Veiled Lady by Raphael, and several works by Titian. The 17th and 18th centuries are represented by some Caravaggio masterpieces and by one of the most important Italian foreign painting collections, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Murillo.

On the second floor the Palace houses the Modern Art gallery, an Italian art collection from the second half of the 19th century, mainly represented by Macchiaoli works.