Located behind Palazzo Pitti, Il Giardino di Boboli (the Boboli Gardens) is the most famous park in the city of Florence. For almost four centuries it was the garden of the residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and for a short period of the kings of Italy.
Opened to visitors in 1766, it covers an area of approximately 45,000 square meters. With around one million visitors a year, it is one of the most visited places in Florence.
The Boboli Gardens have two basic paths: The first path is straight, here we find a nymphaeum, the theater, the Neptune Fountain and the statue of the goddess Fortuna. The second path is a zig-zag with which you get to numerous caves.
The Garden is part of the World Heritage (UNESCO) for the richness of its architecture, the amphitheater, its sculptures, its caves and fountains and, of course, the gardens.
The history of the Boboli Garden
The Medici family bought Palazzo Pitti in 1550 and carried out some works such as the internal courtyard and the extension of the gardens to join those of the Forte del Belvedere.
The garden was created between the 15th and 19th centuries and is located in an old quarry that was exploited to create a theater with grandstands which served as a setting for the presentation of the first works in history.
It represents one of the first and most important examples of an "Italian garden" which was a source of inspiration for many European courts.
The vast green area, divided on a regular basis, gives life to a real open-air museum, enriched by ancient and Renaissance statues and embellished with large fountains and caves, including the splendid Buontalenti Grotto.
Its evocative paths allow you to grasp the spirit of court life. The Boboli Gardens is undoubtedly a fundamental stop for those who want to learn about the fascinating history of the city of Florence.
How to visit the Boboli Gardens
The garden can be visited by purchasing a ticket for the Boboli Gardens which also allows entry to the Porcelain Museum and the Bardini Garden.
It can be accessed through four entrance doors with public access: the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti, the Forte del Belvedere, Porta di Via Romana and Piazza di Porta Romana.
If you are interested, we can arrange a visit for you with a private guide. You can ask our guides for all the information, at the end or at the beginning of our walking tours.