Boboli Gardens, the green lungs of Florence is one of the largest open-air museums in Italy. Covered with fountains, sculptures and shaded areas, these beautiful gardens are located just behind the Palazzo Pitti.
What is the Best time to visit Boboli Gardens?
Best time to visit Boboli Gardens in summers is early in the morning with an advance booking ticket.
Timings for Boboli Gardens
From 8:15 AM To 4:30 PM in Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
From 8:15 AM To 5:30 PM in Mar (winter time)
From 8:15 AM To 6:30 PM in Mar (summer time)
From 8:15 AM To 6:30 PM in Apr, May, September
From 8:15 AM To 6:30 PM in Oct (summer time)
From 8:15 AM To 5:30 PM in Oct (winter time)
From 8:15 AM To 6:50 PM in Jun, Jul, Aug
First and last Monday of each month will be closed.
Access to Boboli is also closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25
How to Get in?
For accessing Boboli Gardens you have to purchase a ticket.
We advise you to Book Tickets in advance and enter directly into Gardens without standing in long queues.
Three types of tickets are available for Boboli Gardens:
Regular or Full Tickets
Regular tickets are for non-European Citizens who lies between 18 and above years of age. Also for European Citizen who are 25 and above years of age.
Reduced or Half Tickets
It is for European Citizen from age 18 to 25 and also for teachers from European Public Institute with valid proof.
Free for minors under 18 age for both European and non-European Citizens. Also free for physical handicaps, for Journalist and for ICOM (International Council of Museums) Members.
There is so much to see in Boboli Gardens and with the help of an expert guide you will get to know about the history of this mind-blowing park.
Things to do in Boboli Gardens
It was intended to designed as a garden rather than amphitheater by Tribolo and it was Cosimo II who later on converted this garden into an amphitheater.
The amphitheater area is considered as the primary axis of Gardens which adjoins the hill behind the Palazzo Pitti.
The stone placed here was used on the palace itself, and the shape given to the excavated area is just an ideal shape for an actual amphitheater.
Amphitheater area was decorated and designed with various sculptures of Roman myth, with a famous Egyptian Obelisk which was brought straight from Luxor and is placed in the center of the Amphitheatre area.
Grotta del Buontalenti
Grotta del Buontalenti also was known by the names, Grotta Grande and the Large Grotto. This place is more than a cave to look at it and showcases brilliant examples of amazing statues, fountains and architectures.
Grotta is located in the northern part of Boboli Gardens and is divided into three rooms.
Carved by Pietro Mati, The first room represents fake stalagmites and stalactites, stones, sponges and shells. These designs and decoration are meant to resemble a natural cave or grotto with a twist.
It is decorated very much similar to the first room. The only additional thing in the second room is frescoes that show Minerva and Giunone.
The third room has a unique and additional element that helps it to stand out from the other two is a green marble fountain. The ceiling in this room represents flying birds in a sky.
It was built in rococo style by the Lorraine family in the 18th century, it was designed by Zanobi del Rosso. The word Kaffeehaus was derived from the coffee house as in 18th-century coffee and chocolates were in a trend among rich noble families.
It’s a perfect place for those who love to walk long. Its a delight to walk on a steep sloping avenue accompanied with series of terraces and tunnels formed by various trees around the area.
The walking path is lined by numerous cypress trees and statuettes that leads down to the Isolotto. Isolotto is a large pond with a fountain called the Ocean. The fountain features three sculptures that represent the three Great rivers god of the Ganges, Nile and the Euphrates.