The Palatine Gallery occupies the whole left wing of the first floor of the Pitti Palace, which was the residence of the Medici grand-dukes. In 1828, when Tuscany came under the rule of the Lorraine family, the most important paintings in the Palace, most of which had been collected by the Medici, were hung in the Gallery. It is an impressive collection comprising works by Raphael, Titian, Correggio, Rubens, Pietro da Cortona and other Italian and European masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
The paintings, which are sumptuously framed, cover the walls of the rooms in the style of traditional 17th-century picture galleries. The way they are hung and the rich plaster and fresco decoration of the suite of six rooms overlooking the piazza give the Gallery its particular fascination.
From the Palatine Gallery the visit continues through the Royal Apartments. They consist of fourteen magnificent rooms which were the home of the Medici and Lorraine grand-ducal families and, from 1865, of the king of Italy.
Piazza Pitti 1, 50125 Firenze.
How to get there
To Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport, by shuttle bus VOLA IN BUS to the station of Santa Maria Novella.
To the station car park of Santa Maria Novella.
To the station of Santa Maria Novella.
No direct bus service from the station, only from nearby Via della Scala (11,36,37) and Via Rucellai (B).
From the station about 15 minutes.
On the south side of the Arno river, 5 minutes walk from Ponte Vecchio.
Tuesday to Sunday: 8.15-18.50
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, May 1st, Christmas Day
The Royal Apartments are closed for maintenance every year in January.
Ticket office closes at 18,05
Il biglietto è valido anche per l'ingresso alla Galleria d'Arte Moderna
Information and Booking
Contact Firenze Musei, Tel: +39 055294883
Booking charge : € 3,00 per person.
Lifts available off the courtyard.
Admission is free of charge.
Booking is compulsory and free of charge. Firenze Musei – Tel: +39 055290112
The list of visiting students and teachers on the institution’s letterhead stationery must be presented at the ticket office.
Educational assistance for Italian school visits can be arranged with Firenze Musei at the time of booking.
Cost: € 3.00 per student
Tel: +39 055284272
On request, the Office provides educational assistance to schools in the Province of Florence, Prato and Pistoia: it conducts specific programmes, arranges workshops and itineraries in the Museums of the Special Superintendency for the State Museums of Florence.
Cost: workshops free of charge; Museum lessons, € 3.00 per student. Education Department
Audio guides in Italian, French, English and German are available from the ticket office.
Charge: single € 4.65, double € 6.20.
The Nuova Biblioteca Palatina is beside the Education office in the Andito degli Angiolini (main staircase, upper mezzanine floor).
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10-13
In the courtyard of the Pitti Palace and at the entrance to the Gallery.
Guides to the collections in various languages are available, besides other art publications and objects inspired by works in the Palace.
There is one cloakroom for all the museums, off the courtyard, next to the lift.
Visitors must leave umbrellas, large backpacks and bags. There is no charge.
School backpacks must be left in the cloakroom.
There is a café in the courtyard of the Pitti Palace.
How to contact the Gallery
Tel: +39 0552388614
Fax: +39 0552388613
In the Museum it is not permitted to take photos or shoot videos. In special cases, authorisation may be granted by the management.
For permission for professional photos or videos, apply to the Authorisation Office.
Serena Padovani Director Fausta Navarro Deputy Director Stefano Casciu Deputy Director Rosanna Morozzi Exhibitions registrar Maddalena De Luca Archivist Daniela Cresti Secretary
Friends of the Pitti Palace (Amici di Palazzo Pitti)
The Friends, founded in 1996, aim to support the Pitti Palace while enjoying the possibility of exploring its collections.
Amici di Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1, 50125 Firenze
Tel: +39 0552658123,