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“The power of the Medici” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Palazzo Pitti
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Skip the Line: Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery Walking Tour
Ranked #25 of 426 things to do in Florence
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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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“The power of the Medici”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

This palace reflects the power of the Medici. Combine this visit with time in the Bobolli Gardens for a great day out.

Visited October 2012
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“Surprised this only ranks #20 in Florence.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Thought the Palace and the Gardens were wonderful. 23 Euros to get in everything. The outside of the Palace is drab compared to what is inside, so don't judge the book by it's cover. We went early on a Saturday morning in November and there was no line for tickets or to get in.
The Gardens are delightful. Quite a climb to the top, but worth it for the view over Florence from the Pavilion. Go all the way down the Cypress avenue to the Little Island fountain as well. Only sad part was the gardens looked like they needed a bit of TLC. More weeds than I would have expected. Hedges needed a trim etc. Shame.
Getting into the Grotto seems to be a bit of a lottery as far as timing goes.
The Palace Gallery and Royal Apartments live up the billing. Stunning.
Worth going to see the Modern Art and Costume Gallery as well. Although bizarrely the Costume Gallery is on the Gardens ticket!
Nice little cafe in the Palace courtyard. Drinks, coffee, sandwiches and cakes.

Visited November 2012
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“Really needs a day all to itself”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

My favourite part of the Palazzo Pitti is the building itself, which is one of those structures that manages to combine austerity and monumental forms with lightness and grandeur. I particularly like the inner courtyard by Ammanati. It is a shame that the ticket system is so unfair, because visitors should really be encouraged to explore all that this vast complex has to offer. Unlike the Uffizi, it is not jam-packed with masterpieces, but it has many interesting works which need to be searched out. Because the collections are housed in a former palace, you can also enjoy the beautiful plafonds on the ceiling and enfilade layouts. There are some good views of the city, especially from the top floor, where the "Gallery of Modern Art" is housed. I am not sure who came up with this name, because it is not what anyone else (including Italians) calls modern art! It is basically a trip through the Florence (Tuscan) school of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including foreign artists that for various reasons found their way into the collection. So it actually stops at Impressionism, which is where "modern art" is generally said to begin! There are some interesting and unusual works and this is recommended if you like Academicism, Romanticism, Symbolism, Pointillism. There is both painting and sculpture. Unfortunately, the staff are not the type you would commonly find in a world-class museum. They converse in high voices to each other - something that would raise your eyebrows even in a shopping mall or McDonald's, and hardly a good advertisement for Italian culture! Those who are not talking arrange their chairs beneath paintings, make viewing uncomfortable! The paintings are not dated (possibly a state secret), which takes away from the pleasure. But I would certainly make the trip to see the Gallery of "Modern" Art. When I visited, you first of all had to walk through a temporary exhibition of "Florence through the Eyes of Artists," which had art on an unbelievably low quality! That is basically the whole story of the Palazzo Pitti - good art overall, but spoilt by the human factor.

The Palatine Gallery has a great collection of paintings, albeit arranged in a rather haphazard fashion (an approach which I rather liked). In many ways, it can rival or even beat the Uffizi (Raphael, Andrea del Sarto). This leads on to the Royal Apartments, which are a little bit gaudy and dull, but possibly a welcome break from rooms full of paintings and plafonds.

Now, if only this museum could create some sort of "all-day, all-rooms" ticket for, say, 15 euros, it could be a real hit. You could go out for a breather into the Boboli Gardens at the back or enjoy a sandwich and drink on the enormous slope in front of the palace, before going back inside for more. This place really needs a day all to itself - and a new director, who will sack the badly behaved and badly dressed staff, introduce a new pricing system and maybe, on his day off, go to the Accademia to see how works of art can be accompanied by (gasp!) informative and interesting information.

Visited November 2012
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“A Medici treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Huge.... This place is massive. We spent at least 3 hours there walking the extensive rooms filled with so much art. It was amazing to see.

Visited November 2012
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“Pitti Palace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

A must for all visitors to Florence. Go early, it gets very crowded but its beauty and opulence will delight your eyes and senses. And the walk to the Palace will afford you a series of shops of all kinds to either window shop or actually shop. Once inside, you will be transported back in time to see how the nobility lived. Pleasant journey.

Visited April 2012
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