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“Perhaps not world-class but worthy of a couple hours wondering the grounds”
Review of Boboli Gardens

Boboli Gardens
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Gardens of Florence Private Tour
Ranked #112 of 661 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: There is plenty of sun, shade, singing birds and whispering fountains in one of Florence's largest and most beautiful gardens, which are located behind the massive Pitti Palace.
Reviewed 11 March 2012

We spent the majority of one of our days in Florence in the Oltrarno district concentrating on the attractions in that area. During this time we visited the Boboli Gardens, which is a massive area laid out for the Merdici family in the 16th century.

You buy tickets for the Boboli Gardens at the Pitti Palace ticket desk to the far right of the main entrance as you are approaching the Pitti Palace (7 Euro per person). Tickets included entrance into the Bardini Garden and several buildings inside the Boboli Garden as well.

We enjoyed our time in Boboli Gardens and would possibly return during future trips to Florence. You can see an interesting amphitheatre that remains, a grotto structure that includes some works by Michelangelo among others, a lovely cypress avenue and small circular lake lined with statues. There are many small walking paths in the wooded areas of the gardens, giving the impression of being in an actual woodland area. We found a number of lawns as well that must have hosted some very impressive balls in centuries past. Statues of various degrees of quality and decay can be found throughout the gardens as well.

Unfortunately, we visited during winter when the gardens were not flush green like the pictures often seen in brochures and online. However, it was green enough and still quite enjoyed by us. The Barbini Garden, which is included in the ticket price, didn’t seem to fair as well under the winter weather conditions in our opinion, seeming to lack much of the splendor seen of this attraction in its brochure and online.

Overall, even in the winter, we felt the visit to the Boboli Gardens was a good one, worthy of the 7 Euro entry fee. We’d probably skip the Bardini Gardens if we visited again during a winter trip to Florence but would most likely return to spend more time in Boboli.

3  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

Well laid out gardens but in late winter not much colour. Should be interesting when in bloom. Tickets also lets you into the Porcelain museum and Silver museum.

1  Thank VicJaz
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

Fabulous views across the city from the top of the gardens, some stunning statues and lovely 'secret' paths. Some of the statues really could do with some TLC though, looking a bit green / brown and neglected...

Thank Dave_Ett
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

I bought a combined ticket to the Pitti Palace, Florence - including the Gardens, even though I didn't expect much for the Winter showing. I was pleasantly surprised!!

It was beautifully quiet and the large gardens still were beautiful on a wintry day. The branch-covered walkways and the statues every-so-often, the fountains - even though not turned on were picturesque.

I saw them in the morning and did the Palace in the afternoon.

4  Thank AnnaAussie
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

Saw the Boboli Gardens over several hours. Gave them a good chance. Gardens are colourless and not being well maintained. Water fountains not working and in a green and murky condition. If you are limited on your time in Florence, see the Pitti Palace and give the gardens a miss.

Thank Stephen G
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