Pitti Palace, a palace of three dynasties…
The Palazzo Pitti Palace, housing several important museums, was once the palace where the Medici family lived. It is one of the largest architectural monuments to date in Florence. This construction of this palace started under the project designated to designer Filippo Brunelleschi (the same guy who designed the cathedral’s domed roof) in 1457, but remained unfinished till his death in 1472.
The original building which was made by the ground floors and two floors, with only five windows on every floor, was bought by Eleonora da Toledo, the wife of Grand Duke Cosimo I de’Medici in 1550. This then became the official residence of the family. This is the reason why it was changed and widened by by Bartolomeo Ammannati in 1560 and by Alfonso Parigi and Giulio at the beginning of the 17th century. These two architects gave this façade its present day aspect with an exception of the two lateral projecting pavilions which were built in the age of the Lorraine family and finished during the first half of the 19th century by Poccianti and Paoletti. These people also built the Palazzina della Meridiana added on to the back of the palace looking upon the garden.
Interesting Facts About The Domestic Life
- When the royal family lived here, there were various additions over the years. This building now has multiple wings of museums and separate ones on the back property known as the Boboli Gardens.
- This palace was home to several components of the family who were assigned to different private apartments, as regards to the domestic life of the palace.
- The Grand Duke owned the rooms on the leftwing while his heir owned those of the right wing.
- The second floor of this palace contains rooms which large libraries.
- The Grand Duke’s summer apartment was on the left side of the ground floor.
Tickets and Timings
- The price of the tickets start from 5€ and ends at 38€.
- Opening days are from Tuesday to Sunday
- Opening hours are from 08:15 am to 06:50 pm.
- It remains closed on Mondays, 1stJanuary, and 25th December
- The ticket office closes at 06:05 pm so make sure you purchase it on time.
- The entry is free on the first Sunday of each month and the tickets can be booked on this day, so make sure you pre book.
- There is a Cafeteria on the right side of the court.
- The left side of the court has a bookshop.
- The elevator is available on the right side of the main court.
- There is an entrance from Pitti Square with a 20% slope and lifts to access all floors.
- There is a cloakroom available on the right side of the court. Cumbersome bags, backpacks, and umbrellas must be left there.
- You can also find a Baby pit-stop which is a room dedicated for breastfeeding, relax, or change in the basement. It is located on the right side of the court.
- Audio guides are one thing which is the most significant for someone wanting to enjoy their time at Pitti Palace without a guide. You will get them at the ticket office. Languages for which these are available are English, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and German. It will cost you 8.00€ for one pair of earphones, 13.00€ for two pairs. The delivery service is available until 4 p.m. Make sure to return the audio guides within 6 p.m.
Come to Pitti Palace and see an architectural wonder, an artistic heaven on Earth for yourself!