Once home to grand dukes and kings, the largest palace in Florence today houses some of the most important museums in the city, with spectacularly decorated rooms and rich collections of paintings, costumes, silverware, porcelain and the spectacular Boboli Gardens. Choose the museum you would like to visit, it will be fun to discover together the history of the sumptuous palace and the people who lived in it, to learn about the fashion of the past and how daily life was at court.
The name is still that of its first owner, Luca Pitti, a wealthy Florentine banker of the 15th century, who, in order to compete with the Medici palace on the other side of the Arno, wanted the windows to be larger than the doors of the Medici palace and for the courtyard to contain the entire palace of the other rivals, the Strozzi. Later purchased by the Medici for the size of the palace and the wonderful garden, the best architects of the time worked there, Ammannati, Giambologna, Tribolo, Pietro da Cortona, who made the residence increasingly sophisticated and envied.
The Medici, on the occasion of a wedding, created a special show in the large courtyard with the reconstruction of a naval battle between Christians and Turks, when, creating a large pool full of water, actors on war boats created a spectacle that stunned the lucky and prestigious guests. The palace was then inhabited and enriched by the Lorena family and finally by the Savoia family, Italian royalty from 1865, whose luxuriously furnished apartments can still be visited.
Precious and unmissable is the Palatina Gallery, with its rooms richly decorated with frescoes and stuccoes, where you can admire a unique collection of masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Lippi, and many others. On the ground floor is the Museo degli Argenti, in the part of the palace where the Medici family once moved during the hot summer months, where we can admire the rooms with magnificent frescoes and the precious collection of luxury objects.
Strolling along the avenues and hedges of the immense and elegant Boboli Gardens, among statues, palaces, fountains and grottos, with a breathtaking view over the city of Florence, is wonderful and relaxing. Entrances are included in the tour, but when booking you can customize the tour according to your needs and interests.
Some suggestions to enrich your visit:
Walk among the monuments
Contact me to create a personalized itinerary together that meets your interests and needs.