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Visit the Boboli Garden in Florence

In the heart of Pitti Palace, we can find this Italian gem: the Boboli Garden. Come with us to get to know this incredible place better, with history, tips and information for visitors!

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Visit the Boboli Garden in Florence

With 45,000 square meters, the Boboli Garden in Florence is one of the largest Italian parks. The place is a true open-air museum where you can see beautiful statues, fountains and buildings that tell the story of Florence and the Tuscan region itself. Here is also the place where the nobles spent their time, contemplating the nature and the beauty of this unique place! Let’s go to our post of the day? Shall we get to know the Boboli Garden in Florence? Find out here How many days do I need to visit Italy? Here at  Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia  you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our  “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”


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A bit of history

The incredible Boboli Gardens were born with the imposing Medici family and were designed by Niccolò Pericoli, known as Tribolo. The initial design was simple, but in the 17th century it received a new design with a more complex architecture. Over the years, and after many reforms in the 18th and 19th centuries, the end result is still seen today. The garden has numerous statues and sculptures, in addition to impressive vegetation, so it undergoes maintenance and conservation processes frequently, but nothing that alters the functioning for visitors. Also read How to get to Florence from Rome? and How to get to Pisa from Florence?

The Origin of the Name

The origin of the name Boboli is probably a popular contraction of the family name Borgolo or Borgoli. This piece of land belonged to them and that land came into the hands of Luca Pitti in 1418, forty years before starting the construction of the building that later took its name. Tribolo left a project for which the amphitheater would be built from the excavation of the hill, it was there that would be the first plan of the work and that would be the natural extension of the Ammannati patio, between the palace and the future Belvedere Fort . Also read How to visit Florence in a day?

1) Visit the Boboli Garden in Florence – GET TO KNOW THE PALACE AND ITS CONSTRUCTION

For the structure of the Palace, strong stone from this basin was used. Tribolo died shortly after, in 1550, and the direction of the works passed to Bartolomeo Ammannati and, finally, to Bernardo Buontalenti. A view of the garden in the late 16th century is found on one of the telescopes of the Medici villages in the Giusto Utens series (1599), in the village of Artimino and now preserved in the village of Petraia. Under the orders of Cosimo II (1609-1621), the garden underwent the most important of all expansions and tripled its length by the hands of Giulio Parigi and his son Alfonso, creators of the second axis towards Porta Romana, the so-called Viottolone . Learn more about the Pitti Palace here!

2) Visit the Boboli Garden in Florence – GET TO KNOW THE VIOTTOLONE

Viottolone is a wide avenue on a steep descent flanked by two rows of cypress trees planted in 1637. The path is decorated with numerous statues, which mark the secondary axis of the garden. The statues, placed millimeter close to the intersections with the three transversal avenues, are old and came from Rome in the 18th century. The garden was opened to the public for the first time, albeit with due limitations, during the reign of Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena and in June 2013, the Garden became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also read Visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence? and visit the Accademia Gallery in Florence?

3) Visit the Boboli Garden in Florence – GET TO KNOW THE GARDEN CONFIGURATION

The garden plan has a slightly elongated triangular shape, with two steep slopes and two almost perpendicular axes that intersect close to the Fountain of Neptune, an item that stands out in the panorama. From here a series of terraces, avenues and paths are developed with perspective views that have statues , beautiful paths, clearings, walled gardens, buildings and old roses.

4) Visit the Boboli Garden in Florence – DISCOVER THE MOSTACCINI FOUTAIN

The view of the ensemble is scenographic and surprisingly beautiful. Here we also find the Mostaccini Fountain, whose sequence of waterfalls is a testimony of the 17th century of the old drinking fountains for decoy birds, used in the practice of birds. The old aqueducts that fed the entire complex are underground and part of the garden is dedicated to the Camellias, where it is possible to observe several species of this beautiful flower , this collection started in the 17th century.

Between 2000 and 2005, the Botanical Garden Tepidarium was the center of a series of restoration and cleaning interventions, b oth externally and internally. In 1790, an Egyptian obelisk dating from the 16th century BC. was placed in the center of the garden amphitheater. He was brought to Rome from Egypt by the emperor Domitian and placed in the Temple of Isis. Later, it is not known why, he was taken to Vila Medici and placed in the garden.

5) Visit the Boboli Garden in Florence – GET TO KNOW THE OBELISK

The Obelisk is one of the oldest monuments in Tuscany and was built even before the birth of Etruscan culture , the birthplace of Tuscan society and all of central Italy. Other items that draw attention in the garden are lemon trees! There are plants of all types and one is more beautiful than the other! The Giardino del Cavaliere (Garden of the Knight) also stands out for its small, well-cut and symmetrical bushes.

The details and views from the garden to the Pitti Palace and vice versa, are capable of not leaving us indifferent, such beauty that they provide us. The best time of the year to visit this little Tuscan jewel is, of course, in the spring when the flowers are reborn, the green of the gardens is even more alive and the mild climate completes an experience that , for sure, will be unique and unforgettable! The contact with nature in such a genuine way and the chance to witness important historical pieces that contributed to the history of Florence and Tuscany, will make you leave there with a feeling of always wanting to come back, because your eyes, for sure, they will find something new to discover every time they return to this magical place!


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Visit the Boboli Garden in Florence
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Hotels I recommend in the Historic Center

In the  Historic Center (Old Town) , is really easy to admire all the main attractions of the city very easily. The old town of Florence corresponds to the oldest and most beautiful part of the city. If you want to stay in the real heart of Florence, choose hotels in the central areas of Piazza Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Cathedral, Gallery of Offices, etc.

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Hotels that I recommend in Oltrarno

Always staying very close to the Historic Center, you can also stay in  Oltrarno , close to the most characteristic craft shops in the whole city and much more. The area is perfect for those who want quiet accommodation and for those who want to breathe the real Florentine atmosphere. At the same time, you will be close to the center of Florence, a short walk from the main monuments, squares, churches, restaurants, shops and museums.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Maria Novella

Another interesting neighborhood to stay is  Santa Maria Novella . This is a particularly exclusive area because of the proximity to the station (great if you want to do a lot of tours leaving from Florence) and the famous Church of Santa Maria Novella, a very important reference in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Santa Croce

Another neighborhood where you can stay is  Santa Croce , where the homonymous church is located. This area, located in the southeastern part of the historic center, is close to the most interesting monuments and has its fulcrum in the church of Santa Croce. Among the scenic palaces in this district, there are many hotels that can accommodate you for a wonderful weekend in Florence.

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Hotels that I recommend in Campo di Marte

Another economic possibility, where you can stay in Florence, is  Campo di Marte ; in this area there are several well-equipped and affordable hotels. It is a quiet and charming residential area in Florence, well connected to the historic city center by public transport. Campo di Marte has its own train station where several regional and high-speed trains stop, with which you can easily reach other Tuscan cities and major cities in Italy. It is a great choice if you have rented a car too.

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Hotels I recommend outside the Historic Center

And so, if you decide to breathe a less touristic air, a good choice could be to stay in Florence right outside the historic center, where hotel prices are cheaper and the most convenient solution if you come by car. Another possibility is to stay away, in some nearby town, and experience the silence of the wonderful Tuscan landscape, but in this case it is necessary to have a car.

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Conclusion

Visit the Boboli Garden in Florence. Florence is one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities in northern Italy. It is a city to visit calmly, with an attentive eye that offers us an incredible detail at every step. The churches, palaces, fountains and gardens enchant visitors and tell a little about the history of this very impressive place! The Boboli Garden is no exception: it transports you to an ancient time in a discreet, gentle way and guides you through paths of beauty and immeasurable historical value. If you are in Florence be sure to visit the Boboli Gardens, you will be surprised!

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