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

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From $63.88

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Headset when required
  • Small group experience with maximum 12 participants
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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"

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Piazza Pitti Palace

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Palazzo Pitti

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

Grazie to Maurizio, an excellent professional guide with a nuanced grasp of English.
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Worth a visit and less crowed than some others
Sally_G, Mar 2023
The best guide we had at any venue. She was so knowledgeable and engaging. She picked out the major highlights and connected the points in history really well.
Excellent guide & tour
Megan_G, Jan 2023
Excellent guide. Very friendly and knowledgeable, we loved our guide, and would recommend more tours with him! It was our first hour in Florence, and were very pleased with our decision to book this tour.
Extensive Medici home palace with a good guide was well worth the time.
Louis_W, Dec 2022
Easy to find Annalisa at the designated time by the front doors. The history and sights were very interesting. We felt we have a much better understanding of the Medici dynasty. So much to see, I would not have wanted to do this sight on our own.
Great tour
Tina_R, Dec 2022
Excellent tour. Our guide was fantastic- very knowledgeable and brought the palace to life. Would highly recommend
Judith_Y, Dec 2022
Our guide was great. He really knew The Pitti Palace. The art is amazing. My only disappointment was that the costume room with the clothes they wore was not open. Otherwise, excellent tour.
Great art tour !
circmodel, Nov 2022
Our guide, maurizio, was so knowledgeable and wonderful. Thank you! Great experience He knew so much about all of the beautiful art and history of the palace.
Great tour!!!
Melanie_M, Nov 2022
Our guide was amazing and so knowledgeable! We learned so much about the art and history behind the Palace !
Or tour guide was...
Ronnie_B, Nov 2022
Or tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. There were only 6 people in our group so we felt as though we were given a private tour. She pointed out the most prominent works of art in each room, and mentioned where the artist's paintings would be showcased in other museums that we have yet to visit. Our guide, (Camilla?), truly enriched our experience. I highly recommend this tour.
Worth it
Ada_G, Sep 2022
I took this tour because few, if any, of the pictures in the Pitti Palace are labeled, so it was great to have a guide who pointed out one or two highlights in every room. The entire place was overwhelming! Federica was a good guide.
Cynthia_M, Sep 2022
Beautiful palace. Guide knew a great deal of information. Easy to follow history. Paintings were incredibly beautiful.
We’ll worth it.
Annette_T, Sep 2022
Most appreciated our tour guide. Very well versed on the subject with great understanding of the art collection.
Pitti palace tour not to be missed
HughWeily, Sep 2022
Great tour ….our guide was so knowledgeable….. made the art seem alive and the Medicis real. Could not have been better or more instructive.
Our guide was very...
Luz_Z, Sep 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the art and history at Pitti palace. Loved it!!!
Go first thing in the morning
Genevieve_D, Sep 2022
Roberta our guide was interesting. My favourite part was the fact the palace was not at all crowded first thing in the morning. A definite treat
wendi_r, Aug 2022
We didn’t realize how fascinating the Medici Family was. Our tour guide did a great job telling us stories about the family and also shared some details about the art work. We stayed longer to explore other areas of the palace and to look at the art work more closely. Definitely plan to stay longer than the two hours the tour slots.
Excellent guide, very...
JeanChristophr_T, Jul 2022
Excellent guide, very knowledgeable and since you force me to say more bla-bla-bla bla-bla-bla bla-bla
Wrong person for the job
SuYiSophia_H, 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.
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...
Mari_V, 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.
Nate_H, 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!
June_K, 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