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Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

1. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

Step inside Florence's Pitti Palace and explore the Palatine Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art with your priority ticket. Marvel at historic collections, such as the Treasury of the Grand Dukes and the Medici Collection. The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Today, the lavish Renaissance palace hosts an extraordinary collection of art.  Admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens.  Explore some of the most important museums in Florence on your visit to the Pitti Palace. Visit the Palatine Gallery on the first floor and discover a broad collection of 16th and 17th-century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. Then, head to the second floor to see the Gallery of Modern Art and admire the fine collection of paintings and sculptures, mostly Italian, dating from the late 18th century to World War I. The elegant rooms, which were inhabited by the Lorraine grand dukes, are decorated with works of the neo-classical and romantic periods.

Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

2. Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes, and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court. The Grotta del Buontalenti is an artificial cave filled with false stalactites and stalagmites, with statues of sheep, shepherds, and Romans goddesses. The cave is located close to the entrance of the Boboli Garden and at the end of the Vasari Corridor. 

Florence: Uffizi, Pitti Palace, & Boboli Garden Combo Ticket

3. Florence: Uffizi, Pitti Palace, & Boboli Garden Combo Ticket

With this cumulative ticket, you will get a reserved entrance to 5 museums, including the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, two of the most famous and important museums in Florence. Meet our assistant in front of the Uffizi, and they will give you your reserved entrance ticket. After the visit, you will have five days to visit the rest. Start your day with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery, home to some of the most important paintings ranging from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, like Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” Caravaggio's "Medusa" and the only painting made on wood by Michelangelo. Marvel at the invaluable collection of statues that adorns the corridors which consist of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures. Discover Pitti Palace, built in the second half of the 15th century, where you can explore the Palatine Gallery to admire some masterpieces of famous painters including Caravaggio, Botticelli, Rubens, and Titians. Then, visit the Royal Apartments, where the Medici Family, The Grand Dukes of Tuscany, and the Italian Royal Family lived.  And enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and opulence of the Boboli Gardens and get a sense of the privilege and power enjoyed by the Medici family in centuries past.

Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

4. Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

Start in the early morning and visit the grandiose courtyard of the Pitti Palace with your expert English-speaking guide. Then, you'll reach the "noble floor" (first floor) to discover the magic of the Palatina Gallery and its amazing collection of paintings, Renaissance and Neo-classic pieces of furniture with superb tops made with semi-precious stones, which gave fame to the Medici family all over Europe. Stuccoworks and frescoes on the ceilings, splendid paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Raffaello, Tiziano, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Caravaggio in unimaginably beautiful gilded frames will linger on in your memory. Never too crowded and so enjoyable even in the heat of the summertime, visit the Boboli Gardens in the early morning. One by one all the Grand Dukes of the Medici family will be stepping into the scene in a fabulous scenario. Continue exploring the oldest part of the Boboli Gardens and its enchanted Amphitheater, as well as its green spaces which have inspired major landscape architects of the world.

Florence: Boboli Garden Guided Tour

5. Florence: Boboli Garden Guided Tour

Visit the green oasis in the center of Florence, a marvelous design by Niccolò Tribolo and later featured by Giorgio Vasari, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Bernardo Buontalenti in 16th-century. Your tour guide will meet you in the Piazza Pitti or the Pitti Square right in front of the Central Gate, before unveiling the history of the Boboli Gardens and how it was designed. The tour starts from the central Gate of Palazzo Pitti, and the guide will give an explanation of the Palazzo Pitti while walking you towards the gardens. You can only get to know these details from a professional and local guide who is has a profound knowledge of all the small details. You can take a relaxing walk through this amazing open-air museum, full of fountains, temples, beautiful caves and sculptures (Michelangelo, Giambologna) and many more. Walk with your guide and admire its masterpieces like the Grotta Grande, the Amphitheater, the Viottolone and the Isolotto, the Knights Garden and the Kaffehaus and enjoy a spectacular view of Florence. Before the tour ends, don't forget to ask your guide for any additional questions you may have and at the end of the tour you may stay some time in the garden at your leisure, making it more memorable.

Florence: Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens Small-Group tour

6. Florence: Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens Small-Group tour

Experience the majesty of Palazzo Pitti, symbol of the Renaissance palace: built in 1458, the building became famous for being the residence of the Medici family from the 16th century until their fall in the 18th century. Learn the history and discover the details behind the Palatine Gallery's collection of artworks, such as paintings by Raphael, Titian, Rubens, and more. Continue on your journey to the magical Boboli Gardens. With your guide, walk through the alchemical paths made of mazes that lead to hidden caves covered with limestone. Be stunned by the genius engineering of XVI century architects like Buontalenti, the inventor of the first Gelato. Wander around the fountains, obelisks and even ice making pyramids. Finally, enjoy breathtaking 360° views of Florence from Cavalier's Palace.

Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

7. Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

Meet your guide at Pitti Palace, then head inside for your private tour. Start off with an introduction to the famous Medici Family and the Pitti Family. Learn about their historical influence on Florence and what their lives here would have been like. Follow your guide around the palace, which is similar to an open museum. Walk in the footsteps of grand dukes, and admire the richly decorated interior. Highlights of the tour include the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fashion and Costume. At the end of the tour, receive your priority entry ticket to the Boboli Gardens. Finally, explore the gardens at your own leisure, and marvel at the Renaissance statues and carved fountains.  

Florence: Medici’s Mile Tour and Entrance to Boboli Gardens

8. Florence: Medici’s Mile Tour and Entrance to Boboli Gardens

Enjoy an exciting guided tour through Medici's Mile, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the highest concentration of monuments and open-air works of art in the world. Led by a professional local guide, discover the most important sights of the city and retrace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty. Listen to stories and anecdotes of intrigue, power struggles, secrets, and betrayals. Admire the palaces, streets, and squares where the members of the Medici family lived and socialized. Walk along the same narrow streets where they walked, touch the stones used to build their residences and see the monuments from their daily life: Palazzo Medici Riccardi, their first residence in San Lorenzo district, where you can find their Church and mausoleum: Medici Chapels. A few steps away you will reach the magnificent Cathedral, with the imposing Brunelleschi’s Dome and the stunning Palazzo Vecchio, set above Piazza della Signoria. Later, follow the path of the Vasari Corridor, a spectacular secret corridor used by the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany to move between the Palazzo Pitti and their offices located inside the Palazzo Vecchio. After the guided tour, make the most of your entrance ticket to the Boboli Gardens which will allow you to explore the Porcelain Museum and Bardini Gardens at your own pace.

Boboli Garden and Guided Walking Tour in Florence

9. Boboli Garden and Guided Walking Tour in Florence

At the start of your tour, after crossing the Pitti Palace's courtyard, your guide will lead you up to the “artichoke” fountain, the large octagonal basin decorated with numerous statues and crowned by a bronze lily. And in front of you is the sight of the "Amphitheatre" adjoined to the hill behind the palace, the first phase of creating this beautiful garden as the guide will explain how it was designed. As you climb up the hill, you will find "Neptune’s fountain", and at the very top of the hill, the large statue of "Abundance" by Giambologna. The guide will later lead you through a steep sloping avenue to head back down the hill and to a large avenue known as the "Viottolone”, with cypresses and statuettes that then lead all the way down to the "Isolotto", a large pond, with an admirable fountain known as "The Ocean", created by Giambologna. After the guide spends time explaining these fountains and sculptures, the final stops will be at the "Giardino del Cavaliere", built by Michelangelo, "Kaffeehaus" and the "Buontalenti Grotto" created by Buontalenti from limestone concrete stalactites, shells and terracotta reliefs, with water running down the walls providing vivacity and colour as a guide will reveal all the secrets behind these designs. The tour takes about an hour, the perfect amount to see the highlights inside the garden. You can also return to anything you want to see again after the tour ends. Later in the afternoon, meet the guide in front of the Hard Rock Cafe to start the free walking tour. Receive insight into the history of this Renaissance city and how this incredible cultural movement of the Renaissance transformed not only Florence but eventually the rest of Europe. Begin with Piazza Della Republica, the main square of Florence, before heading straight to the Piazza Della Duomo. Whilst passing the Duomo Square, the guide will lead you straight through the old buildings and some of the historical landmarks of Florence to Palazzo Vecchio, where you will see the Sculpture of David by Michelangelo. Afterward, as you walk past the Palazzo Vecchio, the guide will talk you through the Uffizi Gallery, one of the greatest museums of the world, before you reach the most famous old bridge of Florence known as Ponte Vecchio. Your next stop is at Palazzo Pitti, the enormous palace of Florence's largest architectural monuments of Filippo Brunelleschi. As you walk through the narrow roads of this ancient city with lots of hidden treasures, the guide will answer all the curious secrets of the city. Finally, the guide will talk you through the artists, architects, thinkers, and political figures who led to the Renaissance, before your last stop to La Strega Nocciola for delicious gelato.

Florence: Inferno Private Walking Tour

10. Florence: Inferno Private Walking Tour

Discover Florence in a mysterious and unusual atmosphere as you retrace the places of Dan Brown's novel Inferno. Learn all about Dante's Inferno, as the movie was inspired by the events narrated in the Divine Comedy, the historic poem by Dante Alighieri. Start the journey with a visit to the wonderful Boboli Gardens. Follow the steps of Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks and picture the different movie scenes. Also, visit Torre di Badia and the Dante Society. Just like in the thriller, explore the Palazzo della Signoria and the Baptistery of Florence to discover the mysteries that lie behind Florentine art.

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What people are saying about Boboli Gardens

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4.3 / 5

based on 2,256 reviews

A worthwhile experience if you want to learn more about the life of the Medici and enjoy a quiet walk with beautiful landscapes and decorated with sculptures and fountains from the Renaissance period. You can sit at different points to admire fountains or natural landscapes while imagining the inspiring Medici family walking through their meadows.

Great experience! So organized and well planned. Perfect time on gondola. Claudia the tour guide at the beginning was the best! So sweet and informative. I really loved her energy.

It’s worth going and getting some pictures of the beautiful garden and the fountain as well as you can see Florance from a different perspective.

It was nice to book ahead and not wait in line to experience yourself the gardens.

Very nice visit with a guide at the top of the top! I highly recommend !