Things to do in Florence: Pitti Palace

Things to do in Florence_Pitti Place museum There are so many things to do in Florence that can you sometimes feel lost between hundreds of monuments and museums of the city. Our list of things to do in Florence we continue with the largest museum complex of the city, based in Pitti Palace, surrounded by marvelous Boboli garden.

The Palatine Gallery, the main gallery of Palazzo Pitti, contains a large ensemble of over 500 principally Renaissance paintings, which were once part of the Medicis’ and their successors’ private art collection. The gallery, which overflows into the royal apartments, contains works by Raphael, Titian, Perugino (Lamentation over the Dead Christ), Correggio, Peter Paul Rubens, and Pietro da Cortona. It is the MUST in your list of things to do in Florence.

Royal Apartments. This is a suite of 14 rooms, formerly used by the Medici family, and lived in by their successors.

Gallery of Modern Art. A large collection includes works by artists of the Macchiaioli movement and other modern Italian schools of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Silver Museum. The Silver Museum, sometimes called “The Medici Treasury”, contains a collection of priceless silver, cameos, and works in semi-precious gemstones, many of the latter from the collection of Lorenzo de’ Medici, including his collection of ancient vases, many with delicate silver gilt mounts added for display purposes in the 15th century.

Porcelain Museum. First opened in 1973, this museum is housed in the Casino del Cavaliere in the Boboli Gardens. The porcelain is from many of the most notable European porcelain factories, with Sèvres and Meissen near Dresden being well represented.

Costume Gallery. gallery contains a collection of theatrical costumes dating from the 16th century until the present. It is also the only museum in Italy detailing the history of Italian fashions. In addition to theatrical costumes, the gallery displays garments worn between the 18th century and the present day. It is the MUST in your list of things to do in Florence.

Carriages Museum. This ground floor museum exhibits carriages and other conveyances used by the Grand Ducal court mainly in the late 18th and 19th century.

More about Pitti Palace and its museums www.polomuseale.firenze.it