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“My choice for best Florence art museum, and beautiful gardens!”
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Palazzo Pitti
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Pitti Palace: an Invitation to Court
Ranked #25 of 632 things to do in Florence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A complex of art museums housing some of the most celebrated treasures in the city..
denver, colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“My choice for best Florence art museum, and beautiful gardens!”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

This is a mind-bogglingly huge palace, filled with artwork, and the gardens, which stretch up a hill behind it, are gorgeous. When Napoleon was in Italy he chose this as his residence, and no wonder. It's pretty hideous on the outside but the interior is gigantic and beyond extravagant. It's worth spending an entire day here, and there is a cafeteria with very reasonable prices, especially if you order at the counter.

I'm not sure how many rooms this place has, but the first and second floors seemed to have an endless succession of stunning rooms with so much artwork in each, and by just about every old master you could name, that it was difficult to take everything in. The rooms themselves were astounding, marble everywhere, and all of the ceilings had elaborate reliefs and giant murals. A few rooms had unbelievable window dressings and antique furniture.

The gardens in the back stretch up a hill with charming paths running all over the place, and down on the bottom be sure to see the grotto. Because the grounds run right up a hill there's a lot of uphill hiking, but if you save the grotto to last you'll be relieved to see you can exit without any further climbing.

The artwork in here was so exceptional, the rooms so sumptuous, and the garden so refreshing, that if you're short on time I'd recommend this even above the Uffizi Gallery.

Visited October 2013
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“A significant collection with lots of history”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This palace has an extensive art collection as well as very fine examples of the special objects d'art used by the inhabitants. The building itself has many beautiful features and the gardens are also impressive. I highly recommend a guide, if your budget allows it. We had Shiela Barkley from Context and she was fabulous -- very knowledgeable, a scholar with the Medici Archives. The palace is so expansive that you need someone to 'edit' for you and especially to point out the building details and the history of its use. There are numerous Raphaels, Titians, a Caravaggio, an Artemisia Gentileschi and many more. The downstairs rooms which were used for hot weather are well preserved and the frescoes are amazing.

Visited November 2013
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Saumur, France
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“Most enjoyable.”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

Each of the rooms of this palace is like a small art gallery, and they are all different and interesting in their own way. There is so much to see, but the time just flew. We had walked through the Boboli Gardens the previous day, so I am not sure whether they could managed on the same day as the palace. You would need good walking legs!

Visited October 2013
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Pisa, Italy
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“Astounding amount of art and a very beautiful garden.”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

The Pitti palace is very impressive and even if it seem rough at a first glance, it is very beautiful in it's own way. Boboli garden was recently added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites with the complex of twelve Medici villas and their gardens. It's a relaxing beautiful garden full of splendid sculptures and with a great view over Florence, specially when you arrive on the top. The Silver the Costumes and the Porcelain Museums are beautiful, but the Palatine and the Modern Art Galleries are really astounding. The amount and quality of paintings on display in the Palatine Gallery is more than impressive, you feel a little that 'horror vacui' feeling in seeing dozen of Fra' Bartolomeo, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, Bronzino, Caravaggio, Rubens, Van Dyck, Tiziano, Raphael, Veronese, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Filippo and Filippino Lippi, Velasquez, Giorgione, Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto, Tiepolo, Guercino, Susterman and many others great Florentine painters less known to the great audience that covers every part of the walls, considering also the various frescoes on the walls and on the roof . The greatest weak point of this Gallery lies in the arrangement of paintings and lights, a provision which makes it difficult for a correct vision of the paintings hanging at the top. Said that, an equal special place in my Heath is taken by the Modern Art Gallery. This is not the kind of Gallery of Modern Art that we can see in other countries, this is a review of Italian painting of 1800. Between the various artists displayed I love particularly MACCHIAIOLI, the Italian impressionists (Macchiaioli and impressionists developed similar thoughts on painting, in different places and practically at the same time).

Visited November 2013
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Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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“Allow plenty of time and plan well”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

There is a lot to see at the Pitt Palace complex, with impressive gardens and a number of museums combined. I suggest you prepare well and get there early to make the most of your day. It can be a bit tiring because it is just so huge. As expected, the food for sale was expensive and poor quality.

Visited May 2013
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