Giardino di Boboli, Florence

Giardino di Boboli, Florence (must see)

The Giardino di Boboli or the Boboli Garden is one of the most elegant gardens in Florence. Situated just behind the Pitti Palace, they are said to be the first few gardens that were built in the 16th century. The gardens were built for the wife of Cosimo I de' Medici, Eleonora di Toledo.

The Boboli Gardens have had many renowned art names of the 16th century working on it. Niccolo Tribolo worked on it till his death in 1550. The work was later taken over by Bartolomeo Ammanati and Bernardo Buontalenti. These artists were responsible for the emergence of the Mannerist style in art, which succeeded the Renaissance period of art in Florence. Hence, the Boboli Gardens are also looked at as one of the important places in Florence where such different styles can be appreciated.

Through the years the Boboli Gardens have undergone large-scale reconstructions as a result of which the present day garden covers an area of approximately 11 acres of land. This vast garden is also looked upon as a museum where one can encounter art, sculptures and antiques right from the Roman era to the 16th and 17th centuries. Filled with grottos, nymphea, mythical sculptures and garden temples, the Boboli Gardens is sure to enchant your senses.

Why You Should Visit:
Takes some stamina to get around as it is hilly and with lots of stairs, but has great views over the city and some things to discover (fountains, museum) if you walk up.

Tip:
A full exploration will take about 2 hours; bring some snacks, water and good shoes.
Entry is included in the FirenzeCard and you do not need to queue if you have the card; go straight to the bookshop inside the Pitti Palace to gain access to the gardens.
Take the north exit to visit Fort Belvedere and the south-west exit to visit La Specola.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:15am-6:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Giardino di Boboli
Sight Location: Florence, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour   Arno South Bank Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Florence, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Florence

Create Your Own Walk in Florence

Creating your own self-guided walk in Florence is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

Novella & Indipendenza Walking Tour

Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". This city has to offer a lot of wonderful places to admire. Take this tour to explore Indipendenza and Santa Maria Novella quarters, visit beautiful Dominican basilica of Santa Maria Novella, as well as Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Accademia di Belle Arti, Cappella dei Principi and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Florence, located in Italy, is believed to be the cultural capital of the world. Sometimes called the Athens of the Middle Ages and the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, Florence attracts millions of tourists every year. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most alluring attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Duomo Walking Tour

Duomo Walking Tour

Duomo quarter is located in the very heart of the Florence Historic Center. This area is deservedly considered the religious and the civic centre of the town. Most of the historic sites Florence is famous for are to be found here. Take this tour to explore all the masterpieces of the Duomo quarter.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Novella Walking Tour

Novella Walking Tour

Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". This city has to offer a lot of wonderful places to admire. Take this tour to walk along the Arno embankment and explore the south-eastern part of the Santa Maria Novella quarter.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Florence Museums

Florence Museums

Over the centuries Florence gained a huge collection of art works. Almost half of them come from the world known artists that lived here and the other half comes from the private collection of the Medici family that have ruled the city for a long time. To show their pride, the city of Florence displayed all these magnificent works of art in numerous museums and palaces. Take this tour to get familiarized with the best paintings, sculptures, drawings, frescoes in the world.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Michelangelo spent over 20 years of his life in Florence during which he created some of the most beautiful masterpieces this city had ever seen. The most famous of them, the David, is also located in Florence along with a few copies. Take this tour to discover the Florence side of Michelangelo's artistic mastership.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

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