A bit of history about the Boboli Gardens
The Boboli Gardens are located behind the Pitti Palace and is the most famous park in the city of Florence. For almost four centuries it was the garden of the residence of the great dukes of Tuscany, and for a short period of the kings of Italy.
The family of Medici bought the palace in 1550 and did some work as an interior courtyard, the one of Bartolomeo Ammannati, and they extended the gardens until uniting them with the Belvedere Fortress. This splendid Garden was realized between the XV and XIX centuries and is located on an old quarry that was used to create a theater with grandstand and that served as stage for the presentation of the first operas of the history.
The Boboli Garden has two fundamental routes:
The first route is straight and in it we find a nymphaeum, the theater, the fountain of Neptune and the statue of the goddess Fortuna
The second route is in zigzag and with it we reach the several caves.
What are the Boboli Gardens nowadays?
The Boboli Gardens are a historical park of the city of Florence that was opened to the public in 1766. Originally designed for the Medici, it represents one of the first and most important examples of the "Italian Garden", which later served as inspiration for many European courts. The large green area is a real open-air museum with statues of various styles and periods, ancient and Renaissance that are distributed throughout the garden. It also has large fountains and caves, among them the splendid Buontalenti grotto built by the artist, architect and sculptor Bernardo Buontalenti between 1536 and 1608.
Its enchanting trails allow you to capture the spirit of life at court. The Boboli Gardens are undoubtedly a fundamental stage for those who want to learn about the fascinating history of the city of Florence.
Curiosities about the Boboli Gardens
Did you know that the Boboli Gardens have an extension of about 45,000 square kilometers and that these gardens currently receive about one million visitors a year? This makes this beautiful garden one of the most visited places in Florence.
Did you know that these impressive gardens of Florence have four entrance doors with public access, these are: the courtyard of the Pitti Palace, with the Belvedere Fortress, the Via Romana gate and Porta Romana Square, plus an additional entrance from the Pitti Square.
Why visit the Boboli Gardens?
The Boboli Garden is one of the must-see tours in Florence. It is one of the greenest and largest areas of the city and one of the most visited places. This fascinating garden is part of the World Heritage Site (UNESCO) for the richness of its architecture, the amphitheater, its sculptures, its caves and fountains and, of course, its gardens.
Why visit the Boboli Gardens? Because these beautiful Italian gardens are from the Renaissance style and have with geometric motifs. These gardens have undergone numerous extensions throughout the years, and the topography allowed to create different environments like its wonderful terraces that offer magnificent views of the city of Florence.
How to visit the Boboli Gardens?
The wonderful gardens located behind the Pitti Palace can be visited when buying the entrance ticket to the Boboli Gardens, and that also allows the entrance to the Porcelain Museum and the Bardini Gardens.
It is also possible to arrange a visit with a private guide: for example, following the great success of Dan Brown's novel, we have studied an itinerary that follows the Florentine stages of the book Inferno, including the famous Boboli Gardens.
Other attractions in the area
Florence is a Renaissance city with countless attractions to discover. The historical center of the city is divided by the river Arno and the main places of interest are the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery which are located on one side of the river, while the neighborhood known as Oltrarno is on the other side.
Among the attractions of Oltrarno we have the Pitti Palace with its museums and the extensive Boboli Gardens. On this side of the river, it is also possible to visit the Basilica of Santo Spirito designed by Brunelleschi and the church of Santa Maria del Carmine that includes inside the fantastic Brancacci Chapel and frescoes by Filippino Lippi. From here you can access the stairs that will take you to the Piazzale Michelangelo, a terrace overlooking the city and from where you can take postcards pictures.
You may be interested in:
Galleria Borghese (Rome),
Doge's Palace (Venice) or Santa Maria delle Grazie Tickets (Milan).