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“Something slightly different - hurrah!” 3 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 215 Attractions in Florence
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums, Art Museums, Gardens, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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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.
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“Something slightly different - hurrah!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Absolutely overdone on frescoes after 6 days in Florence we saved the Pitti Palace till our last morning, and had a very nice time there. You can buy a ticket for about half the total number of museums, and we chose the one which covered costume, silver, and porcelain.

Daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the costume museum, covering C18 up to very modern clothes, with dialogue tying in dress styles to the economic and political situation of the time.

We then went into the gardens to let Dad off the leash and saw a lovely view up near the porcelain museum (see my Boboli review).

Finally, we went to the silver museum, which was more about 'objets' and daughter loved the seemingly impossible ivory carvings near the entrance.

Overall the entrance price was good value and we were relieved to know Florence has some attractions other than Renaissance ones.

Visited August 2013
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“Don't miss special Baroque ivory exhibit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The treasures inside the Pitti Palace are stunning! An unexpected delight was Diafane Passioni (http://www.unannoadarte.it/diafanepassioni/eng), a special exhibition of Baroque ivory carvings currently on display in the Museo degli Argenti (Museum of Silver). I'm certainly not condoning the ivory trade, but many of these pieces left me literally gasping in admiration at the attention to detail and skill of the artists who created them. Most extraordinary, to my mind, were a series of intricately detailed ivory polyhedrons nested tightly inside one another like Russian dolls, but seamless—I can't imagine how these were made. This exhibit runs only until November 3rd, though many of the ivories are in the permanent collection of the Pitti Palace.

The highlight of the Boboli Gardens for me was non-horticultural: the immense Egyptian obelisk in the gardens' amphitheatre. Wear shoes you don't mind getting coated in dust, because most of the garden paths are unpaved and covered with gravel. I have to confess that on our August visit I found the gardens underwhelming, wilting in the sun.

I highly recommend obtaining a Firenzecard to gain access to all the exhibits at Pitti Palace (including Boboli Gardens) as well as the majority of churches and museums in Florence. Even if you have not planned ahead and bought yours in advance, this can be purchased at the Pitti Palace ticket office.

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“An Early Modern Las Vegas”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

There's a stunning range of art on display here. The buildings are imposing, the gardens are impressive and the sheer range of exhibits is breathtaking. The problem is overkill. There is a sumptuousness about the whole place that verges on the oppressive. And the artwork is displayed in a curiously old fashioned way: vast accumulations of paintings piled up on the walls (some so high up that you can't see them) and arranged, apparently, to fit in with the furnishings and colour arrangements of the rooms in which they are placed.
Take in small doses.

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“Just Okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Pitti has very many exhibits and two different types of tickets that you can buy (one that includes the royal apartments and a modern art exhibit and another that includes the gardens as well as silver,porcelain and costume galleries). We bought the second ticket which included the gardens. As stated on my review on the Boboli gardens, I thought the gardens were just average and if you have limited time in Florence, probably not worth going to. The other exhibits had some lovely pieces in them but there was an overwhelming amount of things to look out (ivory sculptures, silver, altar pieces, etc.). I was very excited for the costume exhibit, which had some nice pieces in it (once we were able to actually find it and climb the five flights of stairs), but again wasn't blown away.
Overall, I was not that impressed with the palace (especially compared to other similar palaces elsewhere) and wouldn't recommend to go there if you have limited time in the city.

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“Pitti there's so much to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

After a boozy evening the night before and lazy lunch we headed to the Pitti Palace. Having done most Florence sights on my first visit two years ago I was keen to see the Pitti, not least the Boboli Gardens. Wandering around the complex of museums was fascinating with a range of artists and styles on display that compare very favourably with its better known relation, the Uffizi. I would recommend the combined guide book to provide some commentary as you walk around the galleries and gardens. Speaking of the gardens, they are a great space with some fine opportunities for photography, or just to sit and relax. Overall a great visit, well worth the entrance fee which at first glance appeared steep but quickly proved otherwise.

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