Palazzo Pitti Tickets

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Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 8:15am-6:50pm

Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.

Entry costs €16 from March to October and €10 from November to February.


How to get there

Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Palazzo Pitti is located close to the south side of the Ponte Vecchio in the heart of Florence. It’s just across from the Museo Galileo and in front of the Giardino di Boboli park. You can take bus C3, D or 11 and get off just outside, on Piazza de


What are the origins of the Palazzo Pitti?
The palace began life as a private residence. The massively wealthy banker Luca Pitti was highly favoured by the ruling Medici family, who were the de facto rulers of Florence in the 15th century, when the Italian Renaissance was burgeoning. He was so rich and powerful that he had the palace built, intending it to be grander than the Medicis’ own residence. The family eventually bought it in the mid-16th century, and each passing generation added to it with their wealth of treasures and artwork.
What can I see inside the palace?
Palazzo Pitti is home to one of the finest collections of art in Florence, and that’s certainly saying something for this city. From the Palatine Gallery, displaying the Medicis’ favoured works, to the Gallery of Modern Art housing 20th century pieces, the range is vast. The palace is so large that it actually houses a collection of museums which are distinct from each other, such as the Museum of Costume and Fashion. Simply put, it’s one of the best places to understand Italian art and design through the ages.
Is there much to see besides the paintings?
Absolutely, the rooms themselves are a sight to behold! The Royal Apartments span 14 grand chambers, each housing gilded furniture, antiques and stunning interior design from Italy
Is there anything to see outside?
The palace grounds are set just in front of the ornate Boboli Gardens, which showcases a range of classical Italian exterior design features. An Egyptian obelisk sits atop a Roman basin, with a ring of statues surrounding the courtyard leading to the trees beyond. You can admire the gardens from above as you tour the inside of the palace and then spend time walking around them. The whole historic core surrounding the palace and across the river is a hub of art, science and history to discover on your holiday.


It’s a great idea to book your tickets beforehand, as you’ll be able to skip the queues and start exploring the palace quickly. This is key in a city like Florence, where you’ll want to make the most of every minute and carry on exploring its range of galleries, restaurants and ice cream parlours! The palace is part of the Uffizi collection of museums, and there are combined ticketing deals available which grant you access to all of them. This is great value for keen art and history enthusiasts.
Accessibility and facilities
The Palazzo Pitti is wheelchair accessible, with just a slightly steep incline at the entrance. Accompanying visitors are required, but there are lifts to get you inside and help you navigate the interior of the palace. The palace is an excellent place to take children and teach them about history, and there’s a ‘baby pit-stop’ where you can find facilities for little ones. After seeing the gallery, take the family on a stroll around the gardens to complement your visit.
Audio guides and more
The audio guide costs €8, or €13 for two earphones, and will help you understand what you’re seeing in the palace. Available languages are English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Deepen your understanding and pick up a souvenir when you visit the bookshop which sells an amazing selection of art history publications, and stop at the café just to the right of the courtyard for Italian coffee and refreshments.

Places nearby

Uffizi Gallery
This museum, which is in the same group as the Palazzo Pitti, is another treat for art lovers, focusing mainly on the Renaissance. It’s one of the most visited art museums in the whole of Italy, renowned the world over for its impressive collections. One of the most famous works housed inside is The Birth of Venus, depicting the goddess emerging from a giant clamshell. It’s just across the river from Palazzo Pitti.
Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery

Museo Galileo
Also close by is this museum dedicated to the scientific instruments collected by the Medici family. It showcases the logical side of the Renaissance, and so complements the nearby art galleries beautifully. The golden Santucci armillary sphere, mesmerising celestial globes and classical texts created by pioneering mathematicians are among the gems you’ll discover here.
Museo Galileo

Museo Galileo. 4kclips /

Galleria dell’Accademia
This museum is best known for housing one of the world’s most famous sculptures: Michelangelo’s David. The subject is the Biblical David, known for defeating the giant Goliath. When Florence existed as an independent republic, he was an enduring icon of the liberties that the Florentines enjoyed at the time. The museum also features many interesting exhibitions, including musical instruments and temporary showcases.
Galleria dell’Accademia

Galleria dell’Accademia. lornet /