Pitti Palace - a vast mainly Renaissance palace in Florence, Italy. The core of the present palazzo dates from 1458 and was originally the town residence of Luca Pitti, a Florentine banker. The palace was bought by the Medici family in 1549. It grew as a great treasure house as later generations amassed paintings, plate, & jewelry. The palace and its contents were donated to the Italian people by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1919. The palazzo is now the largest museum complex in Florence.
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and is closely associated with such iconic names in art as Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, Dante, Petrarch and Giovanni Boccaccio. A true mecca for history lovers and history of art in particular.