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Pitti Palace, Palatina Gallery and the Medici: Arts and Power in Florence.

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Get an up-close look at works from Titian, Raphael and Rubens on this tour of Florence’s Palatine Gallery. Located inside the Pitti Palace, former home of the Medici rulers, you’ll skip the main entrance lines with your guide and head straight inside. Explore the elaborate interior of the gallery and the impressive paintings on display as you learn about how the Medici family came to amass their private collection. To ensure an intimate experience, numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour.
  • Skip-the-line access and a guided tour of the Palatine Gallery in Pitti Palace
  • Discover the history of Pitti Palace and of the Medici family
  • Avoid waiting in line and enjoy fast-track access with a skip-the-line ticket
  • Admire the elaborate décor of the lavish picture galleries
  • See works by renowned artists including Raphael, Titian and Rubens
  • Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people
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Small group experience with maximum 12 participants
Hotel pick up and drop-off
Food and drinks
Pitti Palace , Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Please meet your guide right by main and central entrance (huge wooden door) of Pitti Palace. Guide/representative will have a sign "Pitti Palace Palatina Gallery Guided Tour"

This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour will begin in front of the resplendent Pitti Palace. The former home of the powerful Medici family, the lavish Renaissance palace now hosts an extraordinary collection of art.

Bypass the lines at the main entrance and enjoy direct entry with your skip-the-line ticket. Follow your guide through the opulent rooms of the Palatine Gallery, arranged for aesthetic value rather than being displayed chronologically. As you roam from room to room, hear about the history of the building and the Medicis, who took over the palace in the 16th century until their fall from power in the 18th century.

Pause to admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens, learning the stories and techniques behind the masterpieces. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens.

Your tour will conclude in the gallery after two hours, leaving you free to continue exploring on your own, if you wish.
Stop At:  
Piazza Pitti Palace
A magnificent Piazza in Florence explained before stepping into the Pitti Palace
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palazzo Pitti
Enjoy a full description of the biggest palace ever built in Florence
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Gallery
Explore in the company of a fluent English speaking certified guide the most mesmerising museum in Florence, with literally hundreds of painting covering the walls of the apartments where the Medici used to live as Grand-dukes of Tuscany.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY FlorencePass
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Grazie to Maurizio, an excellent professional guide with a nuanced grasp of English." See review


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Wrong person for the job
, Jun 2022
The tour guide Roberto did not show up, and Maurizio was pressed into service. As he was probably hoping that the designated person will show up late, Maurizio spent a lot of time talking about the sandstones of the palace’s facade. He was clearly knowledgeable about the artworks, but lacked animation nor engagement which made it hard for the group to stay focused.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good evening, We thank you for your feedback and we reassure you that Maurizio always spends enough time "talking about the sandstones of the palace's façade". It was definetely not in the attempt of waiting for the designated guide. Having worked with him for more than 20 years and having personally attended many of his tours, I personally wouldn't doubt for a minute that he is the right person for the job. We are anyway sorry to hear that you and your children didn't enjoy the tour as much as you expected to. Kind regards, FlorencePass Staff
The paintings and...
, Jun 2022
The paintings and sculptures were magnificent. I would highly recommend this tour. The guide was well versed on levels and ready to answer all questions.
Excellent intimate overview of Florence art.
, May 2022
Excellent knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide Mauricio, intimate group (only 4), 1.5 hour tour turned into 2.5 hours (which actually was a bit overwhelming, but I would rather receive the wealth of information than be rushed through and miss things).
Fantastic tour!
, May 2022
This tour was so great!! We felt like guests of the Medici family! Our tour guide helped us understand the opulence. Those tables were fabulous
Great guide, tour and palace
, Apr 2022
This was an exceptional tour of an incredibly beautiful palace. Every room was breathtaking for its art and design. The ceilings are spectacular, beyond description. Our guide was passionate, thoroughly knowledgeable and went at a very good pace. I highly recommend this tour. One thing to note is our confirmation said we had to redeem the confirmation to get the tickets at the “redemption center” (the ticket office “, which was a waste of time because the tickets office flatly said they don’t have them, and then our guide showed up with the tickets. The tour company needs to fix these outdated instructions.
Fantastic Tour
, Apr 2022
I am delayed in getting this review posted. We did our tour with Mauricio 2 weeks ago. He is a fantastic tour guide. We were expecting a standard tour of the artwork and palace. What we got was almost 2 hours of in depth knowledge on the history of Florence and it's paintings and sculptures. Mauricio clearly has a passion for the art which makes the tour that much more enjoyable. He explains the history of all of the artwork, the artists themselves and who/how they were influenced. It made such and impact on me that when we visited the Uffizi and Academie on own later in our trip, we were able to recall everything that Mauricio had said about the artists, artwork and their progression. Truly an enjoyable experience and highly recommended for anyone that visits Florence, especially for those that love art. Mauricio will not disappoint you.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing guide
, Jan 2022
The guide was fantastic, his knowledge was amazing and he gave as un extra ordinary experience. The ser up with Viator worked perfect.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A 4 Hour graduate course!
, Oct 2021
Our guide, Mauricio, was outstanding! His knowledge of art, history, architecture, government, politics, and horticulture were amazing. He was informative, engaging with the perfect mix of humor and insight. We would absolutely take another tour of Pitti and Bobili with him again!
Pitti Tour
, Oct 2021
We loved having a guide and learning about the history. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Amazing artwork!
, Oct 2021
The whole tour was amazing! Mauricio was extremely knowledgeable about the Medici family and the works of art in the palace. I am grateful for his time and help understanding the wonderful preservation of all the works of art!!!
Pitti Palace visit
, Oct 2021
It is a guided tour that makes us notice lots of things that otherwise we might have not noticed. We get to know more about Florence history.
Tour operators didn’t show up
, Jun 2021
The tour operator didn’t show up! We waited in the hot sun for this tour. I got a phone call 15 minutes after the tour was scheduled to begin. THEY FORGOT. I’m trying to get my refund of €120 but VIATOR IS NOT REPLYING
2 travelers found this review helpful
Delightful Pitti Palace tour
, Nov 2019
Three couples from Texas comprised the small group tour of the Palatine Gallery on November 6. We found ourselves in the company of an extremely knowledgeable guide who effectively shared his enthusiasm for the artwork collected by the Medici family. He made excellent use of the time we had in the gallery and recommended a number of additional things we could see in the palace following our tour. We were very pleased with the tour.
Wonderful tour and guide
j b
, Nov 2019
We enjoyed a most informative and enlightening tour. Our guide had such an understanding of the amazing art and history - we loved this tour. Highly recommend!
Background and perspective
, Oct 2019
Our wonderful guide Sarah brought to life the history and stories of the Medici’s and the artists of the time with such insight and detail that it backfilled much of the knowledge to explain what we had already experienced in Florence. Highly recommend this tour and can’t thank Sarah enough for sharing her knowledge with us.
Not as Much to See as I Had Hoped
, Oct 2019
The tour guide was good and she pointed out the best of what was on display. But the sad fact of the matter is that there are a lot of less than glorious paintings. And the apartments of the king and queen are tired and uninteresting. Had I known this, I would have taken a tour of the gardens instead.
A beautiful attraction
Evelyn W
, Oct 2019
This is a beautiful palace and not to be missed. Our tour guide was very informative and pleasant, we had a beautiful day to be there.
Tour guide
, Oct 2019
The tour guide was very knowledgable. Her constant criticism of how the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens was being managed and maintained was very annoying. She ignored my need to slow down and conclude on time. We ended up leaving her before the end because I could not keep going.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Apr 2019
Guide was informative and excellent presenter. The palace was relatively quiet as the tour was in the morning. She made the tour engaging and interesting. The collection was stunning. Overall this was fantastic treat!
Excellent experience
, Nov 2018
Wonderful and insightful tour. We would never have understood or fully appreciated the meaning and importance of many of the works, nor known what to single out on our own, as the collection is vast and overwhelming. Grazie to Maurizio, an excellent professional guide with a nuanced grasp of English. Highly recommend this tour.

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