Updated: Nov 3, 2021
Boboli is one of the most important Italian gardens in the world and has recently been included, together with the other Medici gardens and villas in Tuscany, in the list of Unesco World Heritage sites.
This green park in the heart of Florence, which occupies about 45 thousand square meters, is much more than a garden. It is a true open-air museum, where fountains, caves, avenues and buildings alternate with groves, statues and ponds, telling the story of three ruling dynasties who created and embellished it: the Medici, the Lorraine and then the Savoy, in the years in which Florence was the capital of Italy.
The terraced area where the eighteenth-century pavilion of the Kaffeehaus is located, a rare example of Rococo architecture in Tuscany or the Limonaia, built by Zanobi del Rosso between 1777 and 1778, is of considerable visual appeal.
The garden, which welcomes over a million visitors every year, represents one of the most important and ancient examples of an Italian formal garden in the world, centered on tree geometries and the skilful insertion of monumental and scenographic elements.
The visit to Boboli completes the visit to the Pitti Palace, of which it is an integral part, and allows you to fully grasp the spirit of court life and at the same time enjoy the experience of a garden that is always renewed while respecting its tradition.
Built on commission from a Florentine merchant and banker named Luca Pitti on Filippo Brunelleschi project. The palace was bought by Cosimo I de 'Medici and his wife Eleonora di Toledo in 1549 and became the new ducal residence where the entire Medici court moved (and from this since the Palazzo della Signoria takes the name of Palazzo Vecchio).
Since then, all the ruling families have stayed there: the Medici, the Lorraine and finally the Savoy when Florence became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. It is currently home to four different museums: the Treasury of the Grand Dukes on the ground floor, the Palatine Gallery and the Imperial and Royal Apartments on the noble floor of the Palace, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Fashion and Costume on the second floor.