- The Palatine Gallery
- The Museum of Silver
- Boboli Gardens
PITTI PALACE & BOBOLI GARDENS
Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens – this tourexplores the magnificent interiors of Pitti Palace and its famous Boboli Gardens.
According to Vasari, in 1458 Luca Pitti committed to Brunelleschi a ‘Palazzo’ whose windows had to be larger than the front door of Palazzo Medici (designed by Michelozzo), and had to have a courtyard so wide to contain the entire house of his great rivals.
Ironically, when the Pitti, as it happened also to the Strozzi, went into bankruptcy and had to sell it, that the new owner was Eleonora da Toledo, Cosimo I Medici’s wife (1549/1550).
The poor lady was affected by tuberculosis and she hoped that the Oltrarno, much less crowded than the city center, could be a healthier place where to live.
The Palazzo continued to be called with its original name and soon other noble families began to move to the other bank of the Arno and gave a great impulse to the whole area. By 1558 we assist to the first enlargement under the direction of Bartolomeo Ammannati, who’s the ceremonial staircase responsible for the enormous courtyard, which was sometimes flooded to reenact naval battles, and was frequently used for spectacular ceremonies and weddings.
The orchards behind the house (once belonging to a Borgolo family, thence the name Boboli) were transformed into a magnificent garden by three different architects: Tribolo, Ammannati and Buontalenti. Under Cosimo II the garden was enormously enlarged by architects Giulio and Alfonso Parigi, who designed the path known as ‘Il Viottolone’ towards Porta Romana.
More than a Garden, Boboli can be considered a kaleidoscope of gardens. It is considered to be one of the greatest examples of ‘Italian Garden’ and inspired theatrical directors such as Luchino Visconti and Giorgio Strelher.
Our Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens tour peruses its most intriguing corners, such as the mysterious Buontalenti Grotto, commissioned in 1583 by Francesco I de’ Medici.
- This tour lasts three hours and costs 255 euros up to six people (not per person), only private parties.
- The tour lasts 3 hours
- For larger parties please inquire at email
- Admission fee: Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace from 20 euros
- Both sites are closed on Mondays