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Boboli Gardens Florence

Discover the Giardino di Boboli behind Palazzo Pitti

Boboli gardens

On the south bank of the Arno near Palazzo Pitti are two beautiful gardens, namely the Giardini di Boboli and a little further the Giardino Bardini.

Info Boboli gardens

Location Main entrance Piazza de' Pitti, 1
Tickets Ticket includes access to the Giardino Bardini
  • Adults, from 10.00 € (Book your tickets)
  • Definitely recommended : Combined ticket Uffizi + Boboli Gardens + Pitti Palace 24.00 € (Book your tickets). This ticket is very affordable, only because of the popularity of the Uffizi it is sold out quickly.
  • 18 to 25 years 2.00 €
  • Children 0 to 17 years free
  • Free with Firenzecard

1. Tickets Boboli Gardens

2. Combined ticket (+ Uffizi)

Hours Open daily from 8:45 am and you are admitted one hour before closing time:
  • 4:30 pm in November to February
  • 5:30 pm in March and October (without summer time)
  • 6:30 pm in April to September, March and October (with summer time)
  • Closed: first and last Monday of the month, January 1 and December 25
Website Official website

The gardens on the south bank of the Arno

When you have crossed the Ponte Vecchio to the south bank of the Arno you will soon come across two garden parks that you must see. The first gardens, and the most famous thanks to Dan Brown's Inferno, are the Boboli gardens, which lie adjacent behind the Palazzo Pitti. The second garden park is the Giardino Bardini, located near the Villa Bardini and Porta San Giorgio.

Boboli gardensThe Boboli Gardens behind Pitti Palace
Giardini di Boboli FlorenceThe amphitheater in the Giardini di Boboli

Giardino di Boboli

The Giardino di Boboli are located directly behind the Pitti Palaceand can be called a true open-air museum. Much of the current gardens were laid out by Eleonora of Toledo, the wife of Cosimo I. Through the ages the gardens have been adapted and expanded several times. The gardens have become known for the works of art that can be found there. The most famous is the Grotta Grande, a cave with stalactites and sculptures. At the back of the cave is the secret Vasari corridor connected to Palazzo Vecchio. Furthermore, in the Boboli gardens you will find an amphitheater, an Egyptian obelisk, the Neptune fountain and several ponds with waterfalls. Furthermore, a tea house and at the top of the gardens the summer house where nowadays a porcelain museum is located (you can visit this for free when you enter the park with this ticket). You will also find Fort Belvedere at the back of the gardens.

gardens FlorenceThe tea house built in 1776 by Zanobi del Rosso
Grotta GrandeThe Grotta Grande

Fort Belvedere

Fort Belvedere is the second largest fortress of Florence. It was built in 1590 by order of the Medicis and executed by Bernardo Buontalenti. The fortress is located on a hill in the grounds of the Boboli Gardens and next to the Pitti Palace. The location of the fort was plausible from a strategic point of view, as the city walls were believed to be weak at that site. The fort was built in a fairly military style to create as much area as possible that could be monitored. Fort Belvedere is best known because Galileo Galilei studied the stars and planets here. To visit the fort you need to buy separate tickets. You must leave the park at the back exit (unfortunately not always open).

Giardini di BoboliThe porcelain museum in the Boboli gardens
Fort FlorenceThe 'Forte di Belverdere' between the Boboli and Bardini gardens

Giardino Bardini

The Giardino Bardini (included in your ticket of the Boboli Gardens) are smaller than the nearby Boboli Gardens, but this means that fewer people are present and you can enjoy a beautiful garden park in peace. You can reach this park by taking the back exit of the Boboli Gardens at Fort Belvedere. The Bardini gardens are divided into three parts: the Baroque part with the wide staircase, the English part with exotic elements and the horticultural part, where olive trees grow. You will also find remnants of the medieval city wall in the gardens. The gardens started out as a walled orchard, but gradually expanded. At first the gardens belonged to the Mozzi family, but at the beginning of the twentieth century they became the property of Stefano Bardini.

Giardino Bardini in FlorenceThe Bardini gardens in Florence
Bardani gardensView of the top at the Bardini gardens

Where are the gardens in Florence?

The Giardino di Boboli are directly behind the Palazzo Pitti. The Giardino Bardini are slightly further uphill and are located near the Villa Bardini. When the back gate at Fort Belvedere is open, you can easily walk to the Bardani Gardens from there.

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