Pitti Palace is a Renaissance palace in Florence, Italy.
Pitti Palace or Palazzo Pitti is situated on the south side of the Arno River, close to the Ponte Vecchio. The main building of the palazzo dates from 1458 and was originally the town residence of Luca Pitti, a Florentine banker. The early history of the this palace is a mixture of fact and myth. Luca Pitti instructed that the windows of his palace should be larger than the entrance of the Medici Palace. A descendant of Luca Pitti, Buonaccorso Pitti sold the building in 1549 to Eleonora di Toledo, the wife of Cosimo I de’ Medici of Tuscany, later Grand Duke. The Pitti Palace was occupied on a permanent basis and became home to the Medicis’ art collection when the reign of Eleonora’s son, Ferdinando I and his wife Johanna of Austria took over.
Today, Pitti Palace is a museum, administered by the Italian state through the “Polo Museale Fiorentino”, an institution which administers also the Uffizi Gallery, and has ultimate responsibility for 250,000 works of art.