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“Don't be fooled by the exterior” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pitti Palace

Pitti Palace
Piazza de Pitti, 1, 50125 Florence, Italy
+39 055 294883
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Ranked #33 of 220 attractions in Florence
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Gardens, Museums, Art Museums, Monuments/ Statues
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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.
Montgomery, Alabama
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“Don't be fooled by the exterior”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

The Pitti looks large but unimpressive on the outside, but wait till you get inside! An impressive, almost overwhelming collection of art, and a sumptuous palace. Be sure to reserve plenty of time for this palace; you need it to truly appreciate what you see. If time permits, the Boboli Gardens are a nice respote from the art and provides stunning views of Florence. Don't miss it!

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“Mixed views, but worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

First off, this gets expensive. The gardens are a separate ticket from the palace and if you want them both then it'll set you back 23 euro per head. If you pick your time carefully you can get a nearly private viewing of the Duchess of Aosta's apartment (check the web site). Worth the visit although the guide made virtually no effort to find out if we spoke Italian and certainly did not compromise - still we got something from it. There is masses to see: the Palatine Gallery holds a huge range of paintings from Titian, Botticelli, Caravaggio and many other well known artists. Their hanging doesn't always make for an easy viewing but there are some great works here. The Gallery of Modern Art is not "modern art" but simply later works than in the Palatine. Not as interesting but worth the detour if you have time. You could spend all day here so best be selective, check in the guide book for what you want to see and keep an open mind for the rest. Enjoy.

Visited December 2012
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“Second Visit: Still Overwhelming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

My first visit was solo. I bought the entire package, where one can visit any of the associated museums over a span of three days. It seemed like the best way to absorb it all, and I was in town for 17 days, so the timing was perfect. The Palatine Gallery is of course the main draw, and to say that it is "over the top" is an understatement. Someone with vertigo (like me) will have a challenging time gaping at the sheer expanse of artwork that is on the ceiling, or so far up the wall that you can barely see it.

My second visit was 8 months later, in November 2012, with my adult son. I had already prepared him by first taking him to the Palazzo Vecchio, where his mind was blown. Two days later, we bought tickets to only the Palatine Gallery + the Royal Apartments, for a whopping €13 apiece. This is more than double the admission price of other museums (actually, the Davanzati is only €2!) but preserving and maintaining these precious pieces of art is no doubt an immense expense, and when compared to an evening at the movies.... a mere pittance.

I'm still underwhelmed by the Royal Apartments. With a different color scheme for each room, and often gaudy displays of taste, they pale in comparison (and in my opinion, worth) to the massive rooms filled with paintings by Lippi, Tiziano, Rafaello, etc. I can just imagine if you were an art major, you'd be swooning. It's too much, really. Your eyes and mind cannot take it all in.

My son's impression: he preferred the Uffizi, and its classic sculptures. The Pitti was just too opulent, going more for the impression of power via the ostentatious display of wealth, than to inform. That said: do not miss it. Not for anything in this world. Years later, you'll still be thinking of those power-crazy Medicis, and what money can buy (any-and-everything, apparently).

Visited November 2012
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“Superb Decorative Arts and Period Rooms”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Visiting the Pitti Palace and touring its room-after-room-after-room is a little bit like becoming a noble-person during the Renaissance and experiencing life as a royal personage. Paintings, both masterpiece quality and lesser, hang cheek by jowl with scarcely a spot for your eyes to rest. Many are too high to see or are poorly lit but they all come together as an atmosphere rather than as an art museum. I can't help reflecting that all would have seemed even darker in the days before electricity.
The luxurious rooms have walls covered in sumptuous silk damasks, different colors schemes for each room. The objects within these rooms are each so important and fabulous that one table alone can grab your interest... and then there is so, so, so much more!
As with the Uffizzi, you must guard against "museum fatigue." There are several kinds of tickets, one is just the palace, one includes the gardens and porcelain museum. Get the comprehensive ticket if you have several days or if you know that each phase will captivate you. Otherwise, pick and choose. Each candlestick here, each stool or pair of stools, each statue, clock, mirror, fire surround... oh dear! That's not even the garden. It's all too wonderful.

Visited November 2012
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“Highlights are a must”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This place had a lot of Raphael and Titian which were really cool. Other than that, the rooms and gardens were neat, but can be viewed quickly

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