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Pass through the arched entrance of Florence’s stately Pitti Palace and into the serenity of the sweeping Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli), once the private playground of this Renaissance capital’s ruling Medici family. Dating from the 16th century, the Giardino di Boboli is among the earliest examples of formal Italian gardens, commissioned for the wife of Cosimo I de Medici in 1540. The gardens were expanded in the 16th and 17th centuries, and now cover 11 acres (4.4 hectares) of hillside and include a collection of outdoor sculptures dating from ancient Rome through the 17th century, making it a veritable open-air museum.
The Boboli Gardens are among Italy’s most famous gardens, and a popular attraction in central Florence as they offer a respite from the crowded city streets. Visitors can stroll along tree-lined paths on a private tour—or, for those traveling with kids, a family-friendly garden tour—to admire the expanses of manicured lawns, Renaissance fountains, classical grottos, nymphaea, temples, and an amphitheater with an Egyptian obelisk at its center. Tickets to the Boboli Gardens include entrance to the Porcelain Museum, inside the garden’s 18th-century Palazzina del Cavaliere, and the neighboring Bardini Gardens. Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A visit to the Boboli Gardens is perfect for kids who need to let off a bit of steam, but stay on the walking paths as some sections of lawn are off limits.
- The gardens can be toured only on foot, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
- You may bring food and drink into the gardens for an impromptu picnic on one of the many outdoor benches.
- There are four entrances to the Gardens: Pitti Palace, Annalena (Via Romana 37/A), Porta Romana, and Forte Belvedere.
How to Get There
The Boboli Gardens are located between Palazzo Pitti and Porta Romana in Florence’s central Oltrarno neighborhood. The main entrance on Piazza de’ Pitti can be reached in 30 minutes on foot or 15 minutes by bus from the Santa Maria Novella train station. Florence is a popular destination for shore excursions from the port city of Livorno.
When to Get There
The gardens are best visited from spring through fall, when the weather is mild, and early in the morning or late in the afternoon during the hottest months of the year.
Important Works in the Boboli Gardens
The Boboli Gardens hold an important collection of Renaissance statues and fountains. Notable works include “Bathing Venus” and “Fountain of the Ocean” sculpted by Giambologna, a copy of “The Prisoners” by Michelangelo, and a number of pieces by Buontalenti.
Address: Piazza Pitti, 1, Florence, Tuscany 50125, Italy
Hours: Open daily from 8:15am to 4:30pm (Nov-Feb), to 5:30pm (March), to 6:30pm (April-May, Sept-Oct) and to 7:30pm (June-August)
Admission: Full Price: 7 euros; Reduced: 3.50 euros
30 Tours and Activities to Experience Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli)
Revel in the lavish lifestyles of Florence’s grand dukes and duchesses on a tour of the Pitti Palace, built to house the powerful Medici rulers. See the impressive Renaissance and Baroque collections of these legendary art patrons, plus regal apartments and ceremonial quarters, while a guide fills in details of the Medici reign. Then step outside for a guided stroll through the palace’s elaborate Boboli and Bardini Gardens.
If you want to see Florence in a different way and you like to hike and walk that is the tour for you. We will enter the beautiful Boboli Garden and visit it till the highest point where we will go out and after few meters we will have a walk in the beautiful Bardini Garden with one of the most spectacular view of Florence. Through little street along the ancient walls we will arrive in the area of San Niccolò full of art galleries and great little restaurant to start our hiking to piazzale Michelangelo to see the church of San Miniato al Monte, one of the oldest in Florence! 10 km (5 miles) in total out of the crowd!!!
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Take a family orientated guided tour • Explore the elegant and ancient Italian-style gardens • Choose a fun and interactive way to learn about the Florentine history • Enjoy a taste of traditional Italian ice-cream - Florence is a city with history, lots of secrets waiting to be discovered. This tour is perfect for families with kids, a time for a solid bond with the children on your way to hunt treasure by solving riddles, puzzles and we will also reward you with great time and lasting memories. Let us show Florence in different angles and with a language suitable for children than any other activities. Get ready to check your list: Find all the clues in the Eleonora di Toledo’s garden, explore every corner and discover the secrets of this incredible place.
This Experience is provided by a private local. If you are a curious person, this is the perfect tour for you! In this 1.5-hour experience, you will discover the best sights of Florence from an unusual perspective as you will encounter the locations of the many sinister events taking place in Dan Brown’s dark and gripping novel Inferno! I will introduce you to each of the locations from the book as well as tell you about the many other significant places that we will pass by on our way. Depending on the day and the hour, you will also have the chance to see some of the places from inside. As we stroll through Florence, I will share its best kept secrets with you, and you will also have the chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your time here in order to make the most out of your visit!
Satisfy your craving for authentic Italian pasta while learning kitchen tricks to take home with this evening cooking class at a chef’s private home in Florence. Help prepare filled and shaped pastas dishes like ravioli with ricotta, pesto tagliatelle, or Florentine gnocchi, and sit down to enjoy the homemade feast along with chef specialties and wine pairings. With only 1 hour of hands-on cooking time, the express lesson allows you to enjoy a full day of sightseeing before your memorable dinner.
This amazing tour will show you Pitti Palace (Palazzo Pitti), the sumptuous residence of three royal dynasties that ruled Florence over the centuries, the Medici, the Lorraine and the Savoy families, and two Renaissance gardens, Boboli Garden and Bardini Garden, great examples of “giardino all’italiana” where literally Nature meets Art.
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