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“Great Collection of Art”
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Palazzo Pitti
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Ranked #44 of 657 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..
Reviewed September 20, 2013

The Pitti Palace has the Palatine Gallery which has great art in rooms that are spectacularly beautiful. We arrived at the Pitti Palace early, at 8:45 am. We went immediately to the Palatine Gallery and saw all the rooms there slowly. Luckily there were very few people at that time and we were able to enjoy the art in silence. The rooms containing the art were beautifully decorated. Many had large tables made of pietra dura, with beautiful designs. When we first saw these beautiful rooms, I felt a little light headed because seeing so much beauty was a bit overwhelming. The good thing is that the art had explanations in English.

We also then saw the Modern Art Gallery, which has 19th century art. This gallery was very good also. The Medici Treasury was not very impressive. Neither was the Porcelain museum, quite small. The Costume Museum was enjoyable and the designs were dresses from the 20th century by famous European designers. We saw part of the Boboli Gardens because the gardens are immense and we did not have too much time to see everything. We had the combined ticket. It was worth seeing everything. By noon we had finished seeing everything.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Pitti is a huge complex, consisting of a beautiful Renaissance palace, which houses various museums, and of a large hillside portion with two parks and various other buildings.
A complete visit requires a full day. As two separate tickets are sold, one for the Argenti Museum + Boboli park, the other for Palatina and Modern Art galleries, the visit can be neatly divided in two half days.
My preference definitely goes to the Argenti+Boboli part. The Argenti (literally "Silvers", or "Silverware") Museum houses the treausres of the Medici. I go there for the sense of wonder of so many precious, strange, exotic objects made of ivory, amber, gold, jade, mother of pearl and other precious materials, for purely esthetic pleasure. Don't look for explanatory panels here, instead try to feel like a guest of the Medici in the XVII century, whom they try to impress with the exhibition of their riches. Don't forget to admire the frescoes, especially on ground floor, which are masterworks of perspective and trompe-l'oeil.
Boboli is a large garden in the Italian style (so, hedges and trees, few flowers), with some Mannerist curiosities, like the Buontalenti Grotto (only open a fixed times), ore the XVIII century Kaffeehaus, recently reopened to the public. In the upper part of the park you will find the small Museum of Ceramics and access to the Bardini garden and to the Belvedere Fort, also recently reopened for temporary exhibitions.
The Palatina is a world-class gallery of XV-XVIII paintings, with masterworks by Raphael, Botticelli, Titian, and many others, exhibited in the style of ancient collections, with paintings covering every inch of wall space. The visit
continues with the Royal apartments (inhabited first by the Medicis, then by the kings of Italy), which include many great tables inlaid with semi-precious stones in the typical Florentine style (the "commesso fiorentino").
Upstairs you will find the Modern Art Gallery, note that "modern" here starts with Napoleon era. The best part of this gallery is the large collection of Macchiaioli (the so-called Italian Impressionists), an artistic movement rooted in Tuscany.
A final warning, as many Italian museums, Pitti is understaffed, so one frequently finds some section closed, ore some parts of the park not well kept. Plus, the large number of paintings means that some will always be under restoration, or on loan to other museums. In return, they frequently house interesting temporary exhibitions.

4  Thank ChooseyItalians
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Another fabulous Florentine art collection; while the palace itself isn't that attractive, the art collection inside is well worth it, with dozens of Raphaels and Titians. Don't forget to look up too, the ceiling frescoes are magnificent!

The 'modern' (i.e., post-Renaissance) collection of art isn't so brilliant, unfortunately, and the ticket pricing seems overly complex, with the building split into two parts. Ticket A (which I went for) covers the royal apartments and art collections, B is for the gardens and silver, at least so far as I understood it. Still, this notwithstanding it is well worth a visit.

Thank AndiRLondon
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This palace, built in the late 1400's, is overwhelming.

It contains room after room of fabulous paintings, not to mention the frescos on the walls and ceilings of every room. I now have a better appreciation of what life was like at the top of the ladder in that day and age. No one lives like this now. This is definitely worth a trip to Florence for.

Thank Jerry S
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Since I have spent many years researching the Renaissance period in Italy I was very excited to actually see the residence of the Medici. The palace is quite amazing as most of the original art works, sculpture and tapestry is still there on view in the Medici apartments. It definitely shows how the "other half" lived in the 14th and 15th centuries. There are several museums there and due to time constraints I wasnt able to visit all of them but what I did see was certainly worthwhile. If you are over 65 be sure and show some ID as the entry fee is waived.

Thank jbarton
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