Skip the lines and enter the Pitti Palace, the only royal palace in Florence. This palace is the largest museum complex in The City of Lilies. With about 32,000 m2 it is the perfect residence for absolutist governments - from grand dukes to kings and emperors.
The Palazzo Pitti has gone through much since its origins as the residence of the ambitious banker Luca Pitti. Opulent details adorn the architecture of this huge Renaissance palace on the banks of the Arno River.
Once you are inside the beautiful real apartments, you will see the mixture of sumptuous furniture, paintings and sculptures. You can also appreciate the intimate atmosphere of the rooms: decorated with gold plated and stucco, with typical details of the time, such as four-poster beds (smaller than you imagine).
The Galleria Palatina fuses four centuries of good Tuscan life with Renaissance and Baroque paintings. It also includes works by Rafael, Titian, Rubens, Pietro da Cortona and many more. With another personal touch, the gallery is not organized chronologically or according to the style of each work. Instead, they are positioned according to the tastes of their former residents.
A visit to the Palazzo Pitti and the Galleria Palatina will give you an idea of the daily opulence of the aristocratic families that dominated during the Renaissance.