An Invitation to Court: Palazzo Pitti, the Residence of the Medici, Rulers of Florence

The Palatine Gallery is the main gallery of Palazzo Pitti and is comprised of the royal apartments and audience rooms of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Medici.

The rooms were decorated by the most important Baroque painter of the time, Pietro da Cortona, with superb frescoes and magnificent stuccos and provide a splendid framework for the private art collection of the Medici family and their successors. The paintings are hung and displayed much as they would have been during the rulers’ time, not in chronological order, but to reveal the lavishness and taste of the palazzo’s inhabitants. In these rooms are the works of the 16th – 18th century Masters such as Raphael, Titian, Rubens, and Van Dyck to name a few.

In addition, art objects, furniture, decorations and ornaments reconstruct various moments of the daily life of the Medici which was regulated by a rigid etiquette as described by court documents.


  • Available: Tuesdays to Sundays from 8:30 am to 6:50 pm. Closed Mondays, January 1, May 1, December 25
  • Duration: approximately 2 hours
  • When: morning or afternoon, at your convenience
  • Meeting point: the tour can begin wherever is convenient for you. The guide can meet you in the historic center, the train or bus station, or your hotel if it is located in the historic center of Florence. At an additional cost, the guide can meet you elsewhere.



  • Tour cost with a local specialized guide for 1 – 10 people: € 160.00


  • Palatine Gallery entrance fee: € 8.50 per person / € 4.25 reduced rate


  • This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.