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“We ran out of time!”
Review of Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Pitti
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Skip-the-Line: Palatine Gallery and Modern Art...
Ranked #33 of 609 things to do in Florence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A complex of art museums housing some of the most celebrated treasures in the city..
Reviewed 22 June 2018

After enduring the heaving chaos around the Duomo of Santa Maria del Flore, we escaped to the relative calm and peace of Palazzo Pitti. It's only a short walk over the Ponte Vecchio (Florence is surprisingly compact) and a great place to visit.

We'd planned to also do the Boboli Gardens, but ran out of time as there is so much to see in the Palazzo. A glimpse of the gardens through the window was all that we saw. In all, we were in Palazzo Pitti for over three hours and could've stayed there even longer. It cost €16 for a ticket, but you certainly get your money's worth.

We particularly enjoyed the Galleria Palatina, the art gallery, which contains countless masterpieces by Botticelli, Perugino and Titian, amongst many others. The Apparamenti Reali, the royal apartments, we didn't enjoy quite as much. We didn't even get as far as the costume gallery, given that time ran out.

What really comes across is the fabulous wealth of the Medici, as it is a quite unbelievable collection of art. It makes most other galleries look quite tame.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to here and the Boboli Gardens.
The palace had amazing rooms with so many wonderful paintings and breathtaking ceilings.
Do allow plenty of time as there is just so much to see.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

The gardens are very impressive, especially when viewed in the early morning before the crowds show up. Do make the effort to climb to the top where you are rewarded not just with fine views but also to discover the porcelain gallery with its own formal garden.
The Palace itself is a very fine building, both inside and out. In the Gallery of Modern Art, when it comes to the permanent collection someone should suggest the "Less is More" mantra. This they have actually achieved in one room which celebrates the return of two paintings by Pontormo, which is very well done, but as for the rest it is all too much to take in.
Hints: For the budget conscious, time your trip to coincide with the first Sunday of the month when entrance is free. If you can't do that, skip breakfast and buy your tickets before 9am to get a 50% discount - a significant saving. But you could easily blow that on a coffee in the Palace cafe, which is one of Florence's big tourist rip-offs.
Downside on our latest trip was the attitude of many of the staff, who gave the impression that they really couldn't give one.


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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

It’s mostly a painting gallery which was fine. I thought there would be more furnishings from the palace. Disappointed in the costume gallery as it was modern, not dated to the time of the palace.

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Reviewed 18 June 2018

There's so much to see here it's hard to know where to begin, but I thought the Boboli Gardens were the highlight - a real peaceful respite from the busy streets and museums. There are enchanting grottos and fountains in the gardens, plenty of places to sit and relax and enjoy views over Florence.

In the palace itself, the Palatine Gallery, Modern Art Gallery and Royal Apartments are packed from top to bottom with paintings, sculptures and more finery than you could ever take in. Don't forget to look up at the decorative ceilings. We were still a bit overwhelmed by a visit to the Uffizi the previous day, so breezed through some of this.
The Treasury and Costume Gallery were very interesting, especially the clothes of some members of the Medici family.

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