Homage to the Grand Duke: the silver plates for the feast day of St. John Until 09/12/17
Florence, Pitti Palace, Grand Dukes’ Treasure.
This exhibition highlights an episode of the art of Italian silversmiths between the 17th and 18th century that is as interesting as little known. It originates in the recurrence of the feast day of St. John the Baptist, solemnly celebrated in Florence on June 24 of every year since the 12th century, and in the diplomatic relations of the House of the Medici that extended its influence to the Roman curia. These circumstances brought an extraordinary collection of silver historiated plates to the Medici collections. These plates were executed according to the design of the most significant Roman artists of the time. The originals have all disappeared, but the porcelain manufactory Ginori di Doccia realized plaster casts, as well as porcelain reproductions, which are shown alongside modern reproductions and preparatory drawings. The casts, donated many years ago by the Marquis Leonardo Ginori Lisci to the Florentine galleries, are exhibited in the rooms of Palazzo Pitti that host the Treasure of the Medici. They are the only tangible testimony of the magnificence of the lost series of silver plates.
Discover the important art collections in the gorgeous Palazzo Pitti without waiting in line! This is your opportunity to see magnificent works of art in what used to be the grand-ducal and royal apartments.
The ticket includes:
- Palatina Gallery with royal appartments, Modern Art Gallery, Fashion & Costume Museum, and the Grand Duke's Treasure
The Palatina Gallery offers a comprehensive overview of mainly 17th century European painting, displaying famous works by Titian, Raphael, Rubens, Van Dyck, Murillo, Caravaggio, Frans Pourbus, and Velazquez, among others. Exceptional older works by Bronzino, Fra Bartolomeo, Piero del Pollaiolo, and Filippo Lippi are also on view.
The Gallery of Modern Art opened its doors in 1924 in the apartments occupied by the royal family until 1920. Today, these 30 rooms are filled with masterpieces of Italian painting, Tuscan Neoclassicism, Naturalism, and the Tuscan Impressionist school, known as the Macchiaioli.
- Admission to the Palazzo Pitti museums is available every 15 minutes!
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- Reservations are limited to 30 persons maximum.
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Palatina Gallery, the Royal Apartments and Modern Art Gallery Video Tablet Guides Rental Service
The video tablet guide combines the completeness of a catalog with the freshness of a digital product. Graphic reconstructions of the walls allow you to click on all the works exhibited, making navigation through the complex and rich Palatina Gallery so much more enjoyable and effective.
Text, audio, and images cast you into a world in which a universe of context unfolds out of each work of art. Click on any one of the masterpieces at the Gallery, and a valuable and fundamental in-depth analysis to place the work and its creator in historical context will appear on your screen. The quality of the texts and the information is certified by the Superintendent of the Polo Museale Fiorentino.
Your video tablet guide is an indispensable tool to make the most of your visit of the gallery, to satisfy your curiosity about the more than nine hundred paintings on display, to read the biographies of the great artists whose works are on display at the museum, to know more about the latest studies in the field, and to discover the history of the most important rooms of the palace.
- Video guides are available in English, Italian, French, German, and Spanish.
- Video guides have an approximate duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes, and contains an explanation of about 50 works per museum.
- You will receive a confirmation voucher (valid only for the video guide) together with the confirmation voucher of your visit to the museum.
- In order to pick the video guide up, please deposit this voucher at the Reservations Desk, along with a valid identity document (only originals are accepted: passport, identity card, or driver's license).
In case of loss or failure to return the device, the visitor will be required to pay the cost of the audio guide (€ 250.00 per each audio guide).
Situated on the first large square in the area the Florentines call "Diladdarno" - beyond the Arno - Palazzo Pitti dominates from a small elevation at the feet of the Boboli hill.
Only minutes from the Ponte Vecchio, the vast, mainly Renaissance Pitti Palace was the residence of the Medici. The powerful Florentine family bought it from a rich banker named Luca Pitti in 1549 and transformed it into the main residence for the Grand-Duchy of Tuscany. The Medici added to the original core building and transformed the Palazzo into a veritable treasure chest.
In 1565 the Grand-Duke ordered the construction of a “secret” corridor for the family so they could walk to Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio, seat of government, avoiding the danger of attacks. Vasari was commissioned to design and build the project.
Grand-Duke Ferdinand II summoned artists of great fame, such as Giovanni da Sangiovanni and Pietro da Cortona, to decorate some of the rooms with their magnificent frescoes, making it a truly royal palace.
It was the Lorraine Family who completed the façade as we know it today, adding the two lateral "rondò" which stretch the palace towards the square, seemingly embracing it.
At the end of the 18th century, Pietro Leopoldo commissioned Gaspare Maria Paoletti and Pasquale Poccianti to build the Palazzina della Meridiana, the last part added to the building.
For a brief time the palace was also home to the King of Italy when Florence was capital of Italy,
Palazzo Pitti, which through time assumed different functions, is today the seat of important museums, such as the Silver Museum, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery, the Carriage Museum, the Palatina Gallery, the Modern Art Gallery, and the Boboli Garden. A visit to these makes it possible to experience the buildings, rooms, and halls of the palace, and taste the court splendors of a faraway epoch, passed down faithfully through history.
The palace's gardens, the Boboli, are one of the most beloved gardens in Florence, and offer vast green spaces, landscaped to perfection, splendid works of sculpture, as well as stunning views onto Florence.
The Palatina Gallery
The Gallery takes its name from the fact that it is located in the palace of the reigning family. Opened to the public by the House of Lorraine as early as 1828, it still preserves the traditional layout of a private collection, not following a chronological order nor schools of paintings, revealing instead the lavishness and personal taste of the inhabitants of the palace.
The history of this gallery is inextricably linked with the history of the Medici, their collections and the artists taken on by the family, in particular by Cardinal Leopoldo (1613-1675), Cardinal Giovan Carlo (1611-1663), and Prince Ferdinand (1663-1713). The works they collected had a private function and value, while the gallery of representation was that of the Uffizi. Thanks to the interest of the Habsburg-Lorraines (1737-1848) the collections grew, and were reunited in the Medici family's apartments.
You will access the 28 rooms that house the Palatina Gallery from the staircase built by Ammannati. These rooms were the Grand Duke's apartments and audience rooms at the time of the Medici. A majestic decorative complex of frescoes and stuccoes by Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669) graces these spaces. Inspired by classical myth as an allusion to the education and life of the Prince, this work is one of the most representative examples of the Florentine Baroque. It forms a magnificent backdrop to the 16th and 17th century works of art displayed here.
Noteworthy among the many important works of art is a group formed by masterpieces from the hands of Titian and Raphael. These came into the Medici's possession through the will of Vittoria della Rovere, wife of Ferdinand II de' Medici and youngest daughter of the Duke of Urbino. Alone the Portrait of a Gentleman and Penitent Magdalene by Titian, the Madonna of the Grand Duke, the Madonna of the Chair, and the Portrait of Maddalena Doni by Raphael are worth the visit.
The Gallery also offers a comprehensive overview of 17th century European painting, displaying famous works such as The Four Philosophers and The Allegory of War by Rubens, the Cardinal Bentivoglio portrait by Van Dyck, the Madonna with the Child by Murillo, Caravaggio's Sleeping Cupid, and other portraits by Frans Pourbus and Velazquez. Exceptional older works by Bronzino, Fra Bartolomeo, Piero del Pollaiolo, and Filippo Lippi are also on view.
From an historical and artistic point of view a few of the rooms are particularly noteworthy: the Music Room decorated and furnished in a neo-classical style, the Putti Room dedicated entirely to Flemish painting, and the Stove Room, decorated with the 1637 masterpiece The Four Ages of Man by Pietro da Cortona, commissioned by the Medici. This cycle of paintings represents the beginnings of the Baroque for the Florentine painting school.
The Gallery of Modern Art
Palazzo Pitti opened its doors to the Gallery of Modern Art in 1924. Of the apartments occupied by the royal family until 1920, 30 rooms are today filled with masterpieces of Italian painting, Tuscan Neoclassicism, Naturalism, and the Tuscan Impressionist school, known as the Macchiaioli.
The chronologically organized exhibition begins with Neoclassicism, with works by Napoleone di Pietro Benvenuti, Joseph Bezzuoli, and Francesco Hayez. The most important sculptures in the first rooms are the Calliope by Antonio Canova, Pietro Tenerani's Psyche and Giovanni Dupré's famous Abel.
Some of the best known works include paintings from the Macchiaioli circle, a group of painters active in Tuscany who somewhat anticipated the French Impressionist movement, even though the pursued slightly different goals. Thanks to the collection of Diego Martelli, art critic and friend of many of these painters, the gallery includes many works by Giovanni Fattori, head of the movement, as well as works by Silvestro Lega and Telemaco Signorini.
Other important Italian painters represented are Giovanni Boldini, Federico Zandomeneghi, Francesco Podesti (with the remarkable portrait of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning with her young son Robert), Antonio Donghi, Giorgio Morandi, Filippo De Pisis, the Futurists such as Giacomo Balla and Filippo Marinetti, and the French painter Elisabeth Chaplin. Sculptures also form a part of the collection, with for example works by Adriano Cecioni.
Your ticket includes access to the Silver Museum, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery, all three located in the sumptuous Palazzo Pitti, as well as to the attached Boboli Garden and the close-by Bardini Garden.
Located on the south side of the Arno, only minutes from the Ponte Vecchio, the vast, mainly Renaissance Pitti Palace was the residence of the Medici. The powerful Florentine family had bought it from a rich banker named Luca Pitti in 1549 and transformed it into the main residence for Grand-Duchy of Tuscany. The Medici added to the core building and transformed the Palazzo into a veritable treasure chest. Later, the palace was home to other rulers - the Lorraine family, and then finally the King of Italy when Florence was capital of Italy. Nowadays, the palace's collections and museums are fully open to the public. The palace's gardens, the Boboli, are one of the most beloved gardens in Florence, and offer vast green spaces, landscaped to perfection, as well as stunning views of Florence.
Museum of the Grand Ducal Treasure
The Museum of the Grand Ducal Treasure or Silver Museum occupies twenty-five rooms of the left wing of Palazzo Pitti, chosen in 1861 as the location for the display. The core of the collection was originally preserved in Palazzo Medici in Via Larga (now Via Cavour), where Cosimo the Elder had started a rich collection of precious objects in the 15th century. His son Piero and his grandson Lorenzo the Magnificent later added to this collection. Some of the most valuable objects are the vases that belonged to Lorenzo, which are considered extremely precious both historically and artistically. The present arrangement of the museum focuses both on different aspects of the grand ducal collection and on the beauty of the rooms chosen to display it in.
A secret stairway leads to the first floor, the heart of the treasure of the Museum: the Rooms of the Cameos and of the Jewels which belonged to Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici (early 18th century), who purchased precious jewels in all of Europe.
The two following rooms contain the famous Treasure of Salzburg, which was brought to Florence by Ferdinand III of Lorraine, after his return from exile following the brief Napoleonic period.
The Silver Museum also includes the Oriental Room, and Chinese and Japanese chinaware.
On the ground floor you'll also find the precious collection of ambers and the Room of the Crystals and Semi-precious stones.
Noteworthy is the great room frescoed by Giovanni da San Giovanni (1592-1636) and his assistants on the occasion of the marriage of Ferdinando II de' Medici and Vittoria della Rovere (1634), where sumptuous mythological allegories and references highlight the many aspects of the cultural and political life of the Medici under Lorenzo the Magnificent.
The Costume Gallery
You'll find the Costume Gallery In the heart of Palazzo Pitti, in the small building of the Meridiana. It is the first state-operated museum dedicated entirely to study and preservation of costumes, accessories, and fabrics.
Founded in 1983 by Kristen Aschengreen Piacenti, the Costume Gallery preserves a collection of more than 6,000 items, including ancient and modern garments, accessories, and costumes for the theater and the cinema of great historical value.
The Costume Gallery is a unique museum whose center is the famous Medici collection, among the world’s oldest, made up of the burial clothes worn by Cosimo I Grand Duke of Tuscany, his wife Eleonora de Toledo, and their son Don Garzia, all restored in the museum’s own restoration shops.
Preservation needs dictate the biennial rotation of costumes on display in the 13 exhibition rooms. This constant costume change makes the Gallery a living institution bustling with new ideas and events, and allows the public to experience “new” costumes on a regular basis.
A particular section of the Gallery hosts the fascinating Flora Wiechmann Savioli Collection, with jewelry created by the artist from 1958 to 1968. Made of steel, silver, and other “poor” metals, the pieces are all hand-worked with simple, modern, and geometric lines.
A significant place is also reserved for contemporary costume, with selected nuclei representing the greatest protagonists of international high fashion and prêt-à-porter, such as Worth, Poiret, Vionnet, Capucci, Missoni, Valentino, Pucci, Ferrè, and Yves Saint Laurent, to name only a few.
>>> March 8, 2017: on the occasion of International Women's Day, state museums and places of culture offer free admission to women. <<<
Ticket is valid for Palatina Gallery with royal appartments, Modern Art Gallery, Fashion & Costume Museum, and the Grand Duke's Treasure
- European Union citizens aged 18 to 25
- European Union teachers
- Children under 18 years old from any country
- Children under 12 (must be accompanied by an adult)
- Tourist guides and interpreters (accompanying a group), with official documentation
- ICOM members
- Students/scholars of all nationalities may apply for special research permits for a limited period.
Free access the first Sunday of every month
Italian and European school groups accompanied by their teachers, with official authorization from the school and with an advance booking made directly with the museum.
Service fees (pre-sale and online booking fees), as well as fees for temporary exhibitions happening during your visit are due for ANY KIND OF TICKET as well as for free admission days.
When picking up a reduced or free ticket, you will be asked for a document proving your right to the price reduction. Entrance will be denied without it
The Dr. Vranjes store is located in Via della Spada 9/r, at the center of Florence's quadrangular shopping area, close to the most prestigious brands of fashion and a few steps from the luxurious Via Tornabuoni.
The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.
Every client presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be given
- a complimentary scented bookmark, regardless of purchase
- a free Dr. Vranjes Shea Lip-balm for a purchase minimum of € 30.00
- a free fragrance spray 25 ml for a purchase minimum of € 100.00
Via della Spada 9r - Firenze
Via San Gallo 63r - Firenze
Borgo la Croce 44r - Firenze
Via Fiori Chiari 24 - Milano
Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.
Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.
Clients presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be offered a 10% discount on their purchase.
Gioielleria Cardini - Ponte Vecchio 34/R - Florence
Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri
Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.
The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.
A dream that continues into reality.
Hard Rock Café
FREE COLLECTIBLE GIFT!
Present your voucher and receive a complimentary Hard Rock Cafe gift.
Valid with Euro 25 purchase in the Cafe or Rock Shop. Valid till 30th of Dec. 2015. Not valid with other offers.
One per person per visit. Valid only at Florence location