Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli)

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Piazza Pitti

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Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
2.9scorecard
  • 2.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Originally, these beautiful gardens belonged to the Medici family; it wasn't until the late 18th century that the gates opened to the public. Today, Boboli Gardens (located in the Oltrarno behind Pitti Palace) 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 and grottos strategically placed along the paths, like Giambologna's Bathing Venus. Also swing by the Isolotto, a large fountain located at the southwestern end of the park.

Many recent travelers said this is a great place to spend an afternoon outdoors, noting the excellent landscaping, museums and, of course, the picturesque views of the city below, though some visitors were underwhelmed and said the gardens seemed a bit neglected. 

The Boboli Gardens are open to the public throughout the year, but hours vary depending on the season. Generally, the gardens open at 8:15 a.m. Note that the gardens are closed on the first and last Monday of every month – a detail that tripped up some recent visitors. Admission is 6 to 10 euros for adults (about $7 to $11), depending on the season. For more information, check out the gardens' website.

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Loggia dei Lanzi, in the Piazza della Signoria, is an open-air (and free) museum that was designed in the 14th century by Orcagna, an influential architect and artist. Below the building's curved arches are dozens of sculptures (notable ones include Giambologna's Rape of the Sabines and Cellini's Perseus), which draw crowds of tourists and locals alike. Behind it sits the Galleria degli Uffizi. The Piazza della Signoria is also filled with its (more than) fair share of sculptures, including a towering replica of Michaelangelo's David.

Take your time wandering around, and if you get tired, grab a seat along the Loggia dei Lanzi, or make your way to a cafe near the Fountain of Neptune. Recent visitors said this is a must-see spot and a great area to people-watch, view magnificent sculptures and rest travel-weary feet (though past travelers recommended avoiding the restaurants in this area, calling them "outrageously overpriced." To avoid the height of the crowds, visit in the evening. Access to the area is free 24/7.

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