The Medici family – Arising from humble origins and ruling Florence afterward

Location: Florence, Italy
Tour code: FLRTWN- 13




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This Florence tour will help you discover the Palace that celebrated the grandeur of the Medici family. The sumptuous Palatine Gallery and the magnificent Royal Apartments were the popular residences of Grand Dukes of Tuscany (and later the King of Italy). You will hear stories and secrets about incredible Vasari Corridor, the Medici family's enclosed passageway that allowed them to move freely and safely from one side of the old town to the other. The additional highlight of this Medici family tour is the Palazzo Pitti. 

Tour highlights:

  • Palatine Gallery
  • Royal Apartments
  • Palazzo Pitti

Pitti Palace was built in the second half of the 15th century probably on a project of Filippo Brunelleschi for Lucca Pitti, the famous Florentine banker. The original building was then purchased in 1550 by Eleonora da Toledo, the wife of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de'Medici, to make it the official Medici family residence. For this reason, it was changed and much widened by one of Renaissance greatest architects Giorgio Vasari. The grandeur of the palace should reflect the power and influence of the Medici family. Afterward, the Palace was reconstructed to the main residence for the King of Italy. This is why the name changed to Royal Palace. Vasari Corridor is a secret passageway which was used to connect the Pitti Palace with Palazzo Vecchio (the Town Hall) so that the Medici family could move freely and not mingle with the crowd. 

With this Medici family tour, you will enter the Pitti Palace and visit the sumptuous Palatine Gallery, with its magnificent baroque rooms housing the Medici's own private collection of more than 500 artworks. Our guide will help you discover the Royal Apartments - a suite of 14 rooms. While few of the rooms boast Empire style decorations (later implemented by the Savoy royal family), there are still some rooms that preserved the original decorations and furniture from the age of the Medici.

  • Pitti Palace tickets (Palatine Gallery & Royal Apartments) and guided visit
  • Vasari Corridor discovery walking tour
  • English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Earphones for groups over 12 pax
Additional info
  • Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accommodate them.
  • Big bags and liquid bottles will not be allowed inside the museums.
  • Once the tour is finished, clients can remain inside the museum if they want to keep visiting it on their own.
  • Even with the skip-the-line entrance, there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays in entering the museum.    
Departure description

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Departure point
FLORENCE, Via de Lamberti 1.
Return details
Return to the original departure point.
Tour language
  • English
  • Italian
Time From To
Saturday, April 1, 2017 Wednesday, October 31, 2018

No cancellation fee will be applied if you cancel at least 7 days in advance. Cancelling 3 to 6 days in advance of the scheduled departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Cancelling 2 days in advance of the scheduled departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee.