Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli)
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Originally, these beautiful gardens belonged to the Bóboli Family; it wasn't until the late 18th century that the gates opened to the public. Today, Bóboli Gardens (located in the Oltrarno) offers sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the tourist-trodden city center. While you stroll through this extensive green, keep your eyes peeled for the numerous sculptures strategically placed along the paths, like Giambologna's Venus. Also swing by the Isolotto, a large fountain located at the southwestern end of the park.
While many recent travelers say that this is a great place to spend an afternoon outdoors, some say their visit fell short. As one recent visitor tells TripAdvisor, "Boboli Gardens is way over-priced … and not worth spending valuable vacation time on … A much better way to spend your time and enjoy life in Florence is to sit in an outdoor café in a piazza just sipping a cappuccino and watching people walk by."
The Bóboli Gardens are open to the public throughout the year, but hours vary depending on the season. Admission is about $15 USD (€ 11.50 EUR) per person, although entry fees are reduced if you visit after 4 p.m. For more information, check out the gardens' website.