Pitti Palace skip the line tickets

Discover the iconic heart of Renaissance Italy, with fantastic Pitti Palace tickets to help you explore the best of Florence. One of the most popular sites to visit in the city, a trip to Pitti Palace is unforgettable. Uncover this historic gem and the wealth of art and culture housed in its several museums, and travel back in time to experience a glimpse of 16th century life in Florence across the sprawling and fascinating palace and gardens.

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How much do Pitti Palace tickets cost?

You can buy a single ticket for any of the individual Pitti Palace collections for 16€. This includes access for any one of the following collections in the palace:

  • Palatine Gallery
  • Gallery of Modern Art
  • Treasury of the Grand Dukes
  • Museum of Costume and Fashion
  • Royal and Imperial Apartments

You can also buy a combined ticket for all the museums and collections in Pitti Palace for 38€, which is valid for 3 consecutive days. This also includes access to the Uffizi and Boboli Gardens.

Who is eligible for a discount?

Discounted rates are available for all Pitti Palace tickets between November to the end of February, where single attraction tickets are reduced to 10€ and the combined ticket is reduced to 18€.

Citizens of the EU and other countries including Norway, Ireland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein aged 18 – 26 are eligible for reduced price tickets for single admission, upon presentation of valid ID. Tickets are reduced to 8€ between March – October, and 5€ between November – February.

The following categories of visitors are eligible for free admission: (Proof of eligibility, such as a passport or valid educational or professional certificate is required when collecting tickets)

  • Children of any nationality, aged under 18 years
  • Free priority access for people with disabilities
  • University students and teachers
  • Student groups and teachers
  • Tour guides and interpreters
  • Journalists from the European Union (a valid Press Card or equivalent must be shown)
  • Members of the International Council of Museums

How do you book Pitti Palace tickets in advance? How do you skip the line?

Book Pitti Palace skip the line tickets

You can book Pitti Palace tickets in advance directly through the official Pitti Palace website, or through online ticket vendors such as Musement, Tiqets or Getyourguide. Be sure to compare ticket prices on TourScanner before booking to get the best deal and enjoy exclusive offers, to make the most of your visit.

Are there any combined tickets including Pitti Palace tickets and other attractions?

Buying combined tickets can be a great way to save money and discover more during your visit. If you’re planning to visit Pitti Palace, why not try one of the following combined ticket options?

Are there any Pitti Palace guided tours? Are they worth it?

Pitti Palace guided tours

A guided tour of Pitti Palace can be a wonderful way to get the most out of your experience. As tickets are usually purchased ahead of time, you don’t need to spend hours waiting in the line and can simply turn up at your chosen time. With hotel pick ups often included, this can be a more convenient way to visit, especially if going as part of a group.

Guided Pitti Palace tickets are also a great way to learn about the history and culture of the city, as your guide will give you a fascinating insight into the most important attractions in the palace and its museums, answer any questions you might have, and make sure you don’t miss a thing!

  • Guided tour of Palatine Gallery at Pitti Palace: this tour gives you a detailed insight into the European masters housed in the collection, including the works of Raphael, Titan and Caravaggio, and also gives access to the Royal Apartments and Modern Art Gallery.
  • Close up Pitti Palace and Florence walking tour: Experience an up close and personal tour of Florence, with a fascinating view into the historic city of Dante, Leonardo di Vinci and other famous figures. Afterwards, enjoy skip-the-line access to the main Palatine Gallery collection, and explore the palace itself.
  • Pitti Palace, Boboli and Bardini Gardens guided tour: Follow in the footsteps of the Medici, as you explore the famous collections of the palace, before stepping into the cool haven of the gardens, featuring sculptures, water features and beautiful landscapes. Finish with a delicious coffee at the Bardini Gardens, where you can enjoy magnificent views across the city.

Is it possible to visit the Pitti Palace for free?

Pitti Palace offers free admission to all museums and galleries on certain special occasions through the year. Please note that tickets cannot be reserved in advance for these dates, and must be collected at the ticket office. Priority admission is not available. Specific dates can vary according to the calendar of each year:

  • National Museum Week (first week of March)
  • First Sunday of every month between October to March
  • March 17 – Anniversary of Italian Unification
  • March 24 – the birthday of Francesco I de’ Medici
  • June 23 – the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of the city
  • August 4 – commemorating the retreat of Nazi troops in 1944
  • August 27 – commemorating the establishment of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany
  • October 11 – commemorating the arrival of the Grand Duchess of Tuscany
  • Ocober 31 – commemorating the Family Pact of the Medici Dynasty
  • November 30 – celebration of Tuscany Day

What will you see?

The Pitti Palace was originally the home of a Florentine banker, and after it was acquired by the famous Medici family in the 16th century, was expanded to become one of the largest and most significant residences for the Italian ruling families. As a treasure trove of history, culture and art, the palace is home to the remnants of past generations of the Medici, as well as many other significant Italian historical figures. Over the centuries, the palace was developed into the largest museum complex in Florence, and houses several collections of artefacts and works of art within its numerous collections.

Before you get into the collections, it’s worth spending some time exploring and admiring the architecture of the palace itself. The complex and expansive labyrinth of rooms and gardens around the palace is the result of several generations of inhabitants, and you will often find symbols of the most significant – look out for the distinctive Medici coat of arms.

The main gallery in the palace is the Palatine Gallery, home to over 500 Renaissance works of art, including works by Raphael and Titian. Elsewhere in the palace, you can visit the Royal Apartments, a suite of 14 rooms that give a glimpse into the life of the Medici family, and the gallery of Modern Art. Don’t be misled by the name – this gallery focuses primarily on Italian artists from the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially artists from the Machiaioli movement in Italy.

It’s also worth visiting the Boboli Gardens, as a beautiful example of Renaissance landscape art. The gardens became a model for many European courts, particularly the palace of Versailles, and are a tranquil haven from the crowds inside.

Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

Are Pitti Palace tickets included in any attraction city passes?

You can get admission to Pitti Palace with a Florence City pass. This provides free admission to the top attractions and museums across the city, as well as additional discounts for special exhibits and collections. You can also enjoy fast track entry, and skip the line to go straight to the entrance.

The Florence City Pass also provides access to free guided tours across attractions, as well as free travel in a shuttle bus, to take you across the city in comfort.

What is the best time to visit the Pitti Palace? How can you avoid the crowd?

Free admission days are the busiest, so if you want to avoid crowds and long wait times, avoid going during the first Sunday of the month, or other free days.

Early mornings are the best time to avoid crowds and waiting, and early visitors can also enjoy a discount on tickets purchased before 8.59am. Alternatively, a “skip-the-line” ticket will allow you to go straight through to the Palace, and it’s worth looking at the different options for special tickets on TourScanner before your visit.

What are the Pitti Palace opening hours?

The Pitti Palace is open between Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15am to 6.50pm. It is closed on Mondays, and on 1 January and 25 January. The ticket office closes at 6.05pm.

Travel tips

Florence is a small but busy city, and the best way to get around is ideally on foot. Most attractions, including the Pitti Palace, are all less than half an hour’s walk away from each other, and the main train station that takes you into the city, is just a few minutes walk away. On the same note, avoid driving around Florence if you are taking a car – all cars require special permission to drive in the historic centre, and there are cameras located everywhere that will recognise any unregistered license plates immediately.

To make the most of your visit and spend the most time, it’s worth pre-booking Pitti Palace tickets before you go. On the day, lines can be long, and wait times can often exceed two hours or more. When visiting Pitti Palace, it’s best to pack light, however there is a free cloakroom where you can leave larger bags and rucksacks behind during your visit. Please be aware that flash photography is not permitted anywhere in the Palace or the museum collections.

If you’d like refreshments during your visit, Pitti Palace does have its own café, however, it’s well worth exploring the many eateries, gelateria and restaurants around the market square close by too.

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