The Pitti Palace was the residence of the grand-dukes of Tuscany and later of the King of Italy.
It was originally built, following a design by Brunelleschi, as a residence for the banker Luca Pitti, around the middle of fifteenth century. Work began in 1457 but was only completed after the middle of the 16th century by the Medici who chose it as their palace. The building was enlarged, the interior decorated luxuriously and the Boboli hills were landscaped into gardens.
It houses the private art collections of the Medici family, at the Galleria Palatina and The Gallery of Modern Art holds over two thousand works providing a panorama of Tuscan art from the 18th to 20th century. Behind the palazzo you will find the Boboli Gardens - a nice place to relax enjoying beautiful views of the city - one of the earliest Italian gardens famous also for its fountains and grottoes.