WHAT TO SEE AT THE PITTI PALACE: THE MUSEUMS AND THE UNMISSABLE ARTWORKS
It’s not easy to decide what to see at the Pitti Palace, because among all the important palaces in Florence this is certainly the largest one, and it houses some of the most important museums of Florence.
In this post you’ll find a list of all the available options you can choose to plan the most suitable itinerary for you, and my advice on what to see at the Pitti Palace, without missing the most important artworks.
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What to see at the Pitti Palace: the unmissable artworks
Built by the Pitti family in 1457, and then bought by the Medici family, Pitti Palace became the residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
THE MUSEUMS OF PITTI PALACE
- The Palatine Gallery houses a collection of paintings of the 16th and 17th
- The Royal Apartments contains furniture of the 19th
- The Gallery of Modern Art houses a collection of painting of the 19th and 20th
- The Treasury of the Grand Dukes (formerly known as the Silver Museum) houses the precious Medici’s Treasure.
- The Museum of Costume and Fashion retraces the history of fashion of the last 300 years.
- The Porcelain Museum hosts one of the most important collections of porcelain in the world.
- The Boboli Gardens from which you can admire the city of Florence, is an open-air galley made up of statues, fountains, grottos, small lakes and an amphitheatre.
WHAT TO SEE AT THE PITTI PALACE: THE UNMISSABLE ARTWORKS
Inside the Palatine Gallery you can’t miss the Room of Prometheus housing the most ancient paintings including the “Bartolini Tondo” by Filippo Lippi; the Room of Iliad containing “S.M. Magdalen” and “Judith Beheading Holofernes” by Artemisia Gentileschi; the Room of Saturn displaying works by Raphael such as the portraits of “Agnolo Doni” and the “Madonna della Seggiola” (“Madonna of the Chair”)
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Inside the Royal Apartments you must see the Throne Room decorated for King Victor Emmanuel II of the House of Savoy with red brocade on the walls and Japanese and Chinese vases of the 17th – 18th century.
Inside the Gallery of Modern Art don’t miss the paintings by artists of the Macchiaioli movement from Telemaco Signorini to De Nittis and Previati.
Instead, the Boboli Gardens is worth visiting because they are the most beautiful example of Renaissance garden in the world, which became a model for many European courts, and especially for Versailles.
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