Nobody goes to the Palazzo Pitti for the Museums… but maybe you should?

love, love, love old architectural frescoes
love, love, love old architectural frescoes (image via wikipedia)

I’m conflicted. I’ve been to the Palazzo Pitti about 9 million times– but probably like most people, I’ve mostly bypassed the museums to instead hang out in the wonderful, wonderful Boboli Gardens. In fact, I’ve only actually been inside the museums at the Palazzo Pitti a couple times. But I’m realizing the failure in that because the museums at the Palazzo Pitti have such a broad focus that they might actually be the most interesting in town.

looking at the giant complex from the gardens (image via wikipedia)
looking at the giant complex from the gardens (image via wikipedia)

The Palatine Gallery is stuffed full of nice paintings and although it doesn’t really have any namebrand sort of masterpieces per se, it does have a metric ton of Raphaels like this one:

Pretty! (image via wikipedia)
Pretty! (image via wikipedia)

And a lot of other pretty great stuff by Titian and Rubens and a million other good people. So if you want pretty Italian paintings, the sort of typical stuff for super rich old ruling families, and aren’t all that particular about it, this would be a good gallery to visit.

Oh the DRAMA. Rubens you old drama queen you. image via wikipedia
Oh the DRAMA. Rubens you old drama queen you. image via wikipedia

But the Palazzo Pitti is much more interesting than just “pretty” Italian paintings. Because there are six other museums there, including the Royal Apartments, a Modern Art Gallery, a Silver Museum, a Porcelain Museum, a Carriages Museum, and a Costume Gallery. So even if you don’t like Italian painting all that much, there are other decent options. And who doesn’t like costume galleries and pretty dresses like this?:

prettier! image via polomuseale
prettier! image via polomuseale.firenze.it

Because nobody goes for the museums, they aren’t crowded at all, which is ALWAYS a huge GIANT plus for me. The one unforgivable nuisance however is the ticketing system. The tickets at the Palazzo Pitti are endlessly confusing because there are about a zillion different options to combine tickets in absurd ways. If you want to visit the museums, it’s best just to go with the cumulative ticket (ALL the museums and the gardens too, But gird your loins a bit when you go to buy them. In my experience the ticketsellers at the Palazzo Pitti tend to be especially resistant to english speaking/being helpful to non-Italian speakers so the ticket you would want is: “Biglietto cumulativo per l’intero complesso museografico di Palazzo Pitti.” It’s good for 3 days and is a really decent deal). While the gardens are still the big draw, the museums at the Palazzo Pitti are the most varied and among the most pleasant in town. Yes.

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