The Boboli gardens in Florence are among the most beautiful gardens in Italy, complete with fountains, statues, an amphitheater and, if you make it all the way to the top, spectacular views of the city.
The Boboli gardens were designed and built after the Medici family moved to the Pitti Palace around 1550. The Boboli gardens begin with the Amphitheater and an ancient obelisk behind the Pitti Palace. To the left of the Pitti Palace is La Grotta Grande (The Large Cave) with Michelangelo's Four Prisoners built into the walls of the cave.
The gardens rise towards the top of the hill, passing an 18th century coffeehouse where you can get refreshments. There are several paths to the top, some passing past the Neptune Fountain. There are benches around the lake-like fountain where you can rest and enjoy the garden.
Towering above the Boboli gardens is the Forte di Belvedere, a scenic point with views of the city of Florence.
The garden continues down a path laid with white pebbles, and flanked by cypress trees and classical statues. The path opens up into a large area with an artificial lake and the Little Island (L'Isolotto). There are numerous statues, running water and flowers. One can rest on one of the benches around the lake and take in the classical beauty of the Boboli gardens.
Visiting the Boboli Gardens in Florence Italy:
The ticket office and the entrance to the Boboli gardens is through the Pitti Palace. The gardens are closed on first and fourth Monday of the month, and certain holidays. The opening hours vary by season. The Boboli gardens usually open around 9 a.m. and close about one hour before sunset. Admission costs 3 euro.
If you are planning to visit other galleries in the Pitti Palace, inquire about the 3-day pass which will give you access to the Boboli gardens as well as other museums inside the palace.