Pitti Palace and The Boboli Gardens
The Pitti Palace and Boboli Garden Tour is an interesting experience in that you learn about the habits and customs of a noble society through the paintings and portraits exhibited .
We will reveal the traditions, fashion rules and the absurd behavior of the unimaginable noble customs of a glorious past.
Come and breath the noble life style of 400 hundred years of history where generations of different noble families have lived.
The Pitti Palace was the first Royal Palace in Europe and it is the model that inspired the Grand Palace of Versailles.
Built in 1440 by the Pitti family to compete with the Medici family. Ironically they lost the property precisely to the Medici family 100 years later.
Owned by the Medici, the Pitti Palace became more luxurious and it was enlarged greatly in size.
Living in the Pitti Palace, the Medici created an extensive art collection with masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. These furnishings are still found there today. Certainly not to be missed are the pieces by Botticelli, Raffaello,Tiziano, Caravaggio and Rubens along with many others. The Medici’s ability to collect massive amounts of masterpieces was beyond most noble family’s means at that time.
Later the Pitti Palace became the home of different families that succeeded the Medici after their dynasty ended. For example: the Habsburg Lorraine, Elisa Bonaparte, sister of Napoleone and lastly the Savoy family which was the royal family of Italy.
Behind the Pitti Palace, you will be amazed to find a magnificent hillside garden designed by major architects of the 1500’s for a spoiled princess, Eleonora from Toledo. The Boboli Garden was intended to entertain the court in their abundant free time.
The Boboli Garden was embellished with fountains, water games, secret caves, a maze and a zoo with exotic animals to show the guests the grand court in order to astound them with rarities and extravagances.
Walking together in the beauty of the garden, we will relive the use of its different areas.
In the Buontalenti cave, Francesco I of the Medici was used to seduce his guests with its surprises.
Strolling through the Boboli Garden will be a way to experience the outstanding relationship between Italian nobles and nature.
The Boboli garden was personalized by all the dynasties that had lived in the Pitti Palace over the centuries. The result today is the classic Italian, French and English garden styles , adorned with a collection of sculptures dating from the roman times up to the XX century.
Meeting PointPick up from your Hotel
Departure Time9am - 10am - 2pm - 3pm
Price€ 70 per hour (until six people)
Dress CodeOver the knee skirts and dresses are comfortable to wear in the summer and they are perfectly acceptable in churches and museums. Remember to cover your shoulders too.
IncludesSkip the line and ticket reservation service (you can pay your tickets on spot at the official price of museums)Accompained tour inside museumPrivate English speaking guide
Not IncludedAccompained tour inside churchesMuseums