Palatina Gallery, Old Bridge, Signoria Square Tour
Join our Palatina Gallery, Old Bridge and Signoria Square guided tour in English with a professional guide. All our tours are led by officially authorized, highly qualified and experienced guides.
Starting from the sumptuous rooms and private apartments richly decorated and furnished of the Palatina gallery, the itinerary proceeds to the Old Bridge and to the discovery of the history of the Old Palace, seat of the political power, located in Signoria Square, center of the social life, built upon the ruins of the Ghibelline homes of the 13th century.
The Tour will last 1 hour and 30 min., and will give you an high quality and entertaining introduction to Florence!
Please note : the Tour is conducted only in English
What makes this Tour Unique?
- Visit with an highly qualified guide
- Admire Florence breathing its history in the most beautiful streets and squares
- Discover all the anecdotes about this city
Reduced and free tickets
- European Community citizens between 18 and 25 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- Teachers from EU public institutes (Città del Vaticano, Montecarlo, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Repubblica di San Marino, Lichtestein included) with proof of tenure.
- Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
Please check the day and departure times of the Tour in the Booking Box at the top.
1 hour and 30 minutes
15 minutes before the starting time, meet the guide in front of the entrance of the Pitti Palace. The guide will give you entrance tickets.
Local guide officially authorized.
Whisper System (included only for groups over 10 persons).
The tour will start from the Pitti Palace (Pitti Square n°1 - Florence).
- Palatina Gallery : the Palatina Gallery and the Royal Apartments occupy the entire first floor of the Pitti Palace, former residence of the Medici, then of the Lorraine, and finally of the Kings of Italy. The Palatina Gallery was created in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century by the Lorraines, who placed here all the masterpieces coming from the Medici collections, that until then were distributed in various environments. They are 28 rooms named by the author or by the subject of the decorations contained, and they follow the tradition of the seventeenth-century picture-galleries, where the works covered all the walls of the rooms; here there are works by Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, Rubens, Pietro da Cortona and other Italian and European masters of the Renaissance and seventeenth centuries. The Royal Apartments consist of fourteen magnificent rooms that formed the private residence of the ruling families, and still conserve the original furnishings and furniture.
- Old Bridge : the bridge was originally a wooden bridge, then rebuilt in brick but unfortunately overwhelmed by the flood of the Arno river in 1333; was built another time in 1345 by Neri di Fioravante and it was the only bridge in Florence that was saved from the bombardments during the Second World War. Initially it was occupied by the workshops of the so-called "beccai" or butchers but, by the end of the sixteenth century, Ferdinando I, for reasons of decorum and cleanliness, replaced all the shops with jewelry shops. In the middle of the bridge is still visible the bust of Benvenuto Cellini, the famous Florentine goldsmith.
- Signoria Square : the square that once housed the Ghibellines' houses, then destroyed in order to create the Old Palace, it's today a true outdoor museum. On one side of the square there is the famous Loggia dei Priori (or Loggia dei Lanzi) built between 1376 and 1382 under which were placed beautiful art works as the Perseus of Cellini, the Rape of the Sabines and the Hercules and the Centaur by Giambologna, and the Rape of Polyxena by Pio Fedi. In front of the Old Palace stand the copy of Michelangelo's David, the Donatello's Judith and the Hercules and Cacus by Bandinelli. Is also remarkable the Fountain of Neptune (called "Biancone") made by Ammannati and adorned with bronze statues of fauns and nymphs.
29 May 2016
This gallery has a very large number of paintings - too many to take in really. No massive "big hitters" like the Uffizzi, but some great ones nevertheless. The rooms are simply amazing. Go there and wonder at how rich the Medici family must have been!
28 May 2016
The basic entry ticket gets you in to see the amazing collection of wealth in the form of art and sculpture. Well worth at least an hour to wander through each room and ponder what life must have been like to live here.
20 May 2016
Visit this place at 815am (book online) and you can have hundreds of nice paintings to see in an unusually calm way for Florence. The gardens are nice as well.
20 May 2016
Loved my visit although pictures were not in any sort of order but I understand why as it is suppose to represent a series of collections but why are the staff so rude or at best ignorant how can they be so miserable surrounded by such beauty!
17 May 2016
History, art you name it. However you must have the energy to go up thr 220+ stairs to the tower that overlooks Florence. Amazing views, something to look for absolutely and worth the hike.
16 May 2016
This was our last day in Florenceand this was on our to do list . So happy we made it. The Galleria is wonderfully full of objects d'art. Sometimes it can be overwhelming but we did enjoy our time here. Entrance fee was €8.50
16 May 2016
The Galleria Palatina in Palazzo Pitti is another nice gallery full of beautiful art work. Especially lovely are the ceilings in the rooms - lovely!
10 May 2016
Please remember to purchase your ticket ahead of time otherwise you will have to wait a very long time in line! It is Italian history laid out in a museum. The entire museum is truly a work of art!
06 May 2016
We prebooked our tickets online but the annoying thing is you still have to stand in a queue with your computer tickets so they can issue you with proper tickets most places I have been your computer ticket is all that is needed . Having said that the queues were horrendous for people that had just turned up...be warned !....this...
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02 May 2016
The art work here is wonderful. It isn't nearly as crowded as the other museums - at least in the mornings. Be sure to look at the ceilings in every room because they are also beautiful works of art. The cafe is pricey, but good.