Pitti Palace and Oltrarno
Discover the "other side" of Florence
Oltrarno, which means “across the Arno”, is a district of Florence on the left bank of the Arno River known as the most authentic and off the beaten track area of the city, full of artisans, little shops continuing centuries-old traditions and typical Italian bars and restaurants.
Our tour will start with the visit of Galleria Palatina, in Pitti Palace, old Residence of the Medici family and other dynasties who ruled Tuscany.
The Galleria Palatina houses within it a huge artistic heritage that includes paintings, frescoes, furniture components from different historical periods and represents the power and wealth of the families who governed the city. You will have the chance to see masterpieces made by Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens and many more and you will be amazed by the amount of paintings hanging on the walls.
We will also visit the Royal apartment section and we will walk through the rooms where these families used to live and where there still are original furnitures of the XIX century.
After that we will start our walk around the Oltrarno district discovering secret stories and anecdotes that make this area so special and we will know more about the squares and the churches that we encounter on our way.
For example we can’t miss Santo Spirito square, with its bohemian and genuine spirit, populated by young artists and locals who just want to escape for a while from the chaos of the historical city centre and dominated by the elegant and simple Basilica of Santo Spirito, designed by Brunelleschi and perfect example of Renaissance architecture.
N.B. Today, besides the Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace also house the Boboli Garden, the Silver Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Costume Gallery, the Porcelain Museum and the Museum of Carriages.
This tour can be tailor-made according to your needs and desires so if you want to add some of these other museums in our visit or if you want to make some changes, just let me know and I will personalize the tour just the way you want it.