Palazzo Pitti

A big building at Grand Hotel Minerva

12 min walk from the hotel. Open from 8:15 am to 7:30 pm. Closed the first and last Monday of the month

Palazzo Pitti is the grandest palazzo in Florence, built in 1485 on Brunelleschi's design. Historically the residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and then the kings of Italy, it is now home to several important collections of paintings and sculptures, art objects, porcelains and a costume gallery, as well as being a beautifully preserved historical home extending to the Boboli Gardens. Against the hill of Belvedere, Boboli is one of the most eminent examples of Italian-style gardens with fountains, scenery, caves, and statues of major artistic importance. Its extensive green area, divided into orderly sections, is a full-fledged open-air museum. Strolling along its delightful paths, you will get a taste of the courtly life of yore as you enjoy a garden that stays current while respecting its tradition. Interesting fact: The Pitti family, long bitter enemies of the Medici family, in order to avoid taxes imposed by the Medici on the stones used to build palaces, used much larger stones than usual for the palace façade.