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The Boboli Gardens, Florence

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Behind Florence's Pritti Palace sits The Boboli Gardens, an outdoor sculpture museum. Designed for the Medici grand dukes in the 16th century, this is one of the earliest examples of the Italian Garden style that later inspired the green spaces of many European courts. Choose one of the garden's many trails and discover grottoes, fountains, and statues. The sculptures date from the 16th to the 18th century, with some Roman antiquities. Walk to the top of the hill at the back of the garden for views of Florence. Guided tours are available. The Boboli Gardens is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Florence Edition.
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  • Just look at the map of Florence to realize the function of urban lung that it covers ... then if you go you'll get lost in nature. Highly recommended!
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  • Large and varied garden. Many areas, unfortunately not all well catered for. Sad thing since you have to pay to enter
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  • The gardens were just a collection of weeds as it hadn't been maintain or watered for ages so the grass was brown and full of weeds! They cover a very big area with not enough directions to know where...  more »
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  • Beautiful walking gardens and various museums. Some important things to note: 1. Cash only to buy the entry tickets; 7€ or 10€ depending on specials or events 2. Bathrooms and drink vending machines can be found up the hills to the right of the Neptune fountain 3. The cafe is in the palace museum area 4. Wear your best walking shoes, you'll be happy you did!
  • Garden is not worth it, plenty of better maintained gardens in Europe. We saw lemon and lime trees, and that was it. Everything that looked appealing was gated off (roses and cacti) in upper "botanic" garden. Rest of garden just needed a power washing. The museums like porcelain and costume were cool. Views you could get at piazzale Michelangelo.
  • Beautiful Gardens of the Pitti Palace. Very large so you will need half a day to see the whole of the gardens and to really appreciate them. Great for walking, relaxing or just passing the time, with some great monuments and statues. Well worth the visit.
  • Great Gardens, Huge place a lot of small details to see. Just make sure if you are visiting in the summer months to go early when the heat wont hit you too much.
  • Not very well maintained garden. Fountains were not working generally. Very dirty water in the moat around one of the major fountains. A lot of closed alleys. For the price of the ticket there should be better maintenance. Nothing compared to Schönbrunn.