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“Ticketing is strange”

Galleria Palatina in Palazzo Pitti
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The Private Residence of Medici Dynasty: Pitti Palace
Ranked #29 of 635 things to do in Florence
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“Ticketing is strange”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

This museum holds much of the opulence of the Medici's - but the two ticket streams are a bit of a rip off. They separate the gardens + costumes +apartment from the modern art and other museums in the building. The collections, of course are sublime, but overpriced tickets left a sour taste in the mouth.

Visited January 2014
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“Palace built for the Pitti family in 1460”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

This enormous complex across the Arno River from the old city is really plain on the outside. There are two tiers of ticket pricing, one for 8.5 euros and the other for 10 euros. Each ticket covers different areas of the palace compound. We chose the 8.5 euro ticket because we wanted to see the living quarters and the the Galleria Palatina. This ticket did not include the Boboli Gardens which a person can see from the windows in the art gallery. The other ticket focused on the Museo degli Argenti which had the Medici treasures, the costume gallery, the modern art gallery as well.
In 1549, the property was sold to the Medici family and they expanded quite extensively. The rooms in the Galleria Palatina are fully furnished and very similar to when the last Medici died in 1737. You will see the duke's bedroom, the anterooms, his throne room, the duchess's room and more. Some of the ceilings are more interesting than the paintings on the walls.
The museum is closed on Monday but open from 8:15 to 6:50 p.m. At the entrance to each room, there is information in English. No photos are allowed at all...not even without a flash. There are quite a few long stairways to climb.

Visited January 2014
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“Perhaps the building is more interesting than much of the art.”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

But there is so much art to see, true! the celings and walls and woodwork and marquettry are perhaps more impressive than much of the art, though there are Caravaggios and Rubens and Giorgione

Visited December 2013
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“Wow”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

We tripped across this gem after deciding not to line up for the Ufizzi and instead just wandering town. The entrance fee is rather steep (€23 when we were there) but there is more than enough to keep anyone busy for at least a whole day - in fact so much so that it became a little overwhelming. I particularly liked the fresco's on the ceiling:)

We had a lovely day there - soaking up not just the art but also the palace as a whole and envisaging how they lived back in the day. Could do with a bit more information in English as we didn't really know exactly what was going on or what was what.

Gardens definitely worth a wander around too.

Definitely worth a visit if you want to get away from the more crowded attractions in the centre of town and if art is your thing.

Visited December 2013
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“The end of the Medici and the beginning of Florence heritage .”
Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

La Galleria Palatina is a great place were Florence story end and begin again. The last remaining member of the Medici family married the Elettore Palatino (portavoce of the Catholic Church in Germany) and she left all her Medici inheritance to Florence not allowing the city to get rid of it! Wonderful and thoughtful gift that still make Florence the art capital of the world. In the Galleria Palatina there are the latest collection of Florence that link the old with the "new". Wonderful.

Visited October 2013
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