Palazzo Pitti is situated in the first great square in the area beyond the Arno, at the feet of Boboli. Commissioned in the second half of the 15th century, by the banker Luca Bonaccorso Pitti to Filippo Brunelleschi, the Palace has a long history of various works and extensions which have lasted throughout four centuries. Palazzo Pitti actually is larger than its original smaller body dimensions which consisted of two floors. In 1550 the Palazzo was purchased by Cosimo I De Medici and, in 1558, he commissioned Bartolomeo Ammannati to refine it, including the addition of large windows in the facade and a courtyard.

The addition of a vast corridor for the family, so as to be able to walk from the Palazzo to the Piazza Signoria, was built in 1565 by Vasari.
In 1618, under the direction of Giulio da Parigi, the works continued. The Palazzo was extended with an addition of two other buildings with two floors each.

Great artists such as Giovanni da Sangiovanni and Pietro da Cortona were summoned to render the palace breathtakingly royal with their extraordinary works.

At the end of the 18th century, the final addition was made to the building which was the Palazzina della Meridiana, commissioned out to Gaspare Maria Paoletti and Pasquale Poccianti by Pietro Leopoldo and done in neo-classical style. Palazzo Pitti through time has assumed different functions and today is the seat of important museums.