Once upon a time, it was thought to be one of the greatest open air museums AND one of the greatest examples of ‘green architecture’, this awe-inspiring park took four centuries – from the 15th to the 19th – to build, under the patronage of the Medici and the Lorraine families. Designed by Niccolò Tribolo under instruction from the Borgolo family, the gardens have been worked upon by other famous architects such as Giorgio Vasari, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Bernardo Buontalenti. It doesn’t matter what season you visit the garden in, you’ll be just as struck by its majesty. Over the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the garden saw a lot of additional beautifying, until it was so lavish that it came to be thought of as an outdoor museum.
Highlights of the garden are:
- An amphitheatre of stone inspired by Roman mythology.
- Neptune’s fountain statue
- Statue of The Abundance
- The Isolloto, an oval shaped island in a tree enclosed pond, surrounded by statues of Greek gods.
- The Large Grotto, which is filled with sculptures in mannerist style.
- The Grotto of Madama
- The Cypress Road
In the middle of the Gardens, you’ll also find the Porcelain museum.
- Combination ticket: Silver Museum,Porcelain Museum, Boboli Gardens, Costume Gallery: EUR 7/ EUR 3.50 for reduced prices.
- Free for kids under 6, disabled and their helpers, authorized tour guides and leaders, teachers accompanying school groups
- You can get an EUR 11.50 combination ticket for the entire Palazzo Pitti-Boboli Garden complex.
- Last entrance is 30 minutes before closing time.
- Bus 11 ;stop-San Felice or Pitti
- Buses D and C3; stop- Bardi
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39.95% of people who visit Florence include Boboli Garden in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
42.24% of people start their Boboli Garden visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Boboli Garden
77.02% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Boboli Garden
The green space of the garden is reasonably well maintained. Some cutbacks and decay in places, but still enjoyable. The real attractions, I think, are the statues and the views. Many of the statues are very impressive and at least twice normal scale (by vol). There's obvious signs of wear. Fingers or hands missing from some, but I think that's too be expected given their age. The views are good but somewhat obscured by trees. If you're interested in the china, for some reason that's also in the garden, at the very top. There are stairs to climb, regular inclines, more stairs... It's not arduous, but plan ahead and dress accordingly - including shoes.
Absolutely Beautiful. Every attraction in Florence is flooded with tourists, except for this one. We pretty much had it to ourselves and it was so peaceful. Go up all the stairs to find the garden at the top. If you do you'll get a great view of Florence rooftops.
Everyone said we should go. But on a Monday, so many sections were closed off. And it was a little sad to see so many weeds. They must need more volunteer gardeners. The nicer Gardens we saw in other cities and towns may not have been as huge or grand, but they were more enjoyable.
This was one of the most underrated things we did in Florence. For 10 euro a person the cost to enjoyment ratio cannot be beat! It does have some steep paths but the rewards are there. Beautiful and serene.
Relaxing and spacious gardens with some nice views from the garden of the porcelain museum, although formal layouts are a little mundane off season with more green than anything of interest in flower. Some sculptural pieces placed in slightly odd places in my view that are less than inspiring and in general the overall impression is a little boring. There is a smaller set of gardens next to the Boboli which is also pleasant and a little more decorative. The Boboli experience can include the palace and museums etc which we didnt bother with. Personally I wouldn't go back.