Add dates

Palatine Gallery

Palatine Gallery: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

1. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

Step inside Florence's Pitti Palace and explore the Palatine Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art with your priority ticket. Marvel at historic collections, such as the Treasury of the Grand Dukes and the Medici Collection. The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Pitti Palace is the former home of the powerful Medici family, the lavish Renaissance palace now hosts an extraordinary collection of art. Admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens. Today, the Pitti Palace houses some of the most important museums in Florence: on the first floor is the Palatine Gallery, containing a broad collection 16th and 17th century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. The Gallery of Modern Art, located on the second floor of the Pitti Palace, has a fine collection of paintings and sculpture, mostly Italian, dating from the late 18th century to World War I. The elegant rooms, which were inhabited by the Lorraine grand dukes, are decorated with works of the neo-classical and romantic periods.

Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

2. Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

Meet your guide at Pitti Palace, then head inside for your private tour. Start off with an introduction to the famous Medici Family and the Pitti Family. Learn about their historical influence on Florence and what their lives here would have been like. Follow your guide around the palace, which is similar to an open museum. Walk in the footsteps of grand dukes, and admire the richly decorated interior. Highlights of the tour include the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fashion and Costume. At the end of the tour, receive your priority entry ticket to the Boboli Gardens. Finally, explore the gardens at your own leisure, and marvel at the Renaissance statues and carved fountains.  

Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

3. Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

Explore the former residence of the ruling families of Tuscany on a private tour of the magnificent Pitti Palace, now a complex of amazing museums in the Oltrarno district of Florence. See artifacts that belonged to the powerful Medici family and other rulers of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, including masterpieces by Raphael and Titian in the main Palatine Gallery. Look inside the opulent Royal Apartments, and explore the Winter Quarter and rarely seen Prince of Naples Quarter. Discover the largest museum in Italy dedicated to fashion, and visit the recently reopened Bardini Garden offering panoramic views over the city. Stroll the Renaissance-style Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace and discover a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Admire the Fountain of Neptune in the Roman-style amphitheater and much more.

Florence: Medici’s Mile Walking Tour & Pitti Palace Entrance

4. Florence: Medici’s Mile Walking Tour & Pitti Palace Entrance

Led by a local guide, explore the most important sights of Florence and retrace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty. Get priority entry to one of Florence’s biggest museums and admire the Palatine Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. Begin with the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, their first residence in the San Lorenzo district, where you can find their Church and mausoleum: Medici Chapels. A few steps away, reach the magnificent Cathedral, with its imposing Brunelleschi’s Dome and the stunning Palazzo Vecchio, their second residence, which dominates the marvelous Piazza della Signoria. Follow from the outside the path of the Vasari Corridor, a secret and comfortable corridor used by the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, to move between the Palazzo Pitti and their offices located inside the Palazzo Vecchio, without being seen by the citizens. Finally, arrive at the majestic Pitti Palace, which hides the marvelous Boboli Gardens, is the last Florentine residence of the Medici and is also the last stage of your incredible journey into the art and history of a city unique in the world. After the walking tour, you'll use your entrance ticket to Pitti Palace to visit your own Palatine Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Fashion and Costume, Treasure of the Grand Dukes.

Florence: Raphael's 500th Anniversary Experience

5. Florence: Raphael's 500th Anniversary Experience

Raffaello Sanzio from Urbino contributed to beautifying the city of Florence during his stay in the city from 1504 to 1508. He died at the age of 37 in 1520, and on the occasion of the anniversary of his death you can enjoy a special tour about this rarely-discussed painter. The Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, houses the best Raphael paintings in Florence, including a portrait of the beautiful Fornarina in the sweet face of the Madonna della Seggiola (Virgin Mary of the Chair). You will also encounter the palace where Raphael saw Leonardo’s Mona Lisa in Florence, which totally impressed him. Raphael was also an original architect of smart taste with Raphael’s style palaces in Florence very different from the Florentine Renaissance-style buildings. Raffaello was handsome, kind, and intelligent, and everybody loved him. Your guide will tell you the story of Raphael's short but intense life, full of love, women, and favors from his patrons.

Other Sightseeing Options in Palatine Gallery

Want to discover all there is to do in Palatine Gallery? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Palatine Gallery

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 857 reviews

Because of the size and scale of Pitti Palace, you will not be surrounded by a sea of people. Many of the galleries only had a few people in a huge space. You don’t feel rushed and have lots of time to look at the massive collection and of course, the breathtaking ceilings and decoration of the rooms themselves.

Pitti Palace and Boboli were outstanding and having tickets ahead of time made it even better. You also get admission to Bardini gardens, which has impeccable views….in between Boboli and Bardini is Fort Belvedere, which is free admission and unobstructed views of the city and surrounding valleys!

The sunset bike ride was the absolute best activity to do in Florence to get the experience of the beautiful city. A real adventure. The guide was fabulous, the bikes were high quality and in good order. I could not fault the experience. Highly recommended!!

Don’t forget to look up. The ceilings of the rooms are amazing

It was an excellent tour with an excellent guide Martina