Our first full day in Florence, Italy was spent on the other side of the Arno River via Ponte Vecchi0 (recap here). We wandered into beautiful churches, ate delicious food and visited the Boboli Gardens of Pitti Palace. The Pitti Palace (which we also explored) was originally built in 1457 and later sold to the famous Medici family in 1549. This palace may not look like much on the outside but the inside is spectacular and rivals the decor of Versailles and many other luxurious Chateaus and Palaces.
Behind the palace is the magnificent Boboli Gardens. The grounds are HUGE and could probably take a half day to explore alone. The Boboli Gardens are considered one of the largest ‘open air museums’ with tons of historical statues, fountains and lush landscaping. Boboli is said to have inspired the gardens of the later built Versailles Palace.
Just a few steps up from the back of the palace is the large amphitheater which was the perfect place to host plays, shows and events for the residence of the palace and their guests. If you keep climbing you will find a pond with a beautiful fountain with the god- Neptune. This is a perfect place to sit and relax. Turn around and you will have a whole rear portrait of the Pitti Palace and start to see the city scape views of Florence.
To your left and right you will begin to see various alleys and tunnels made by lush bushes, cypress trees and centuries old oak trees. Wander around, get lost and feel like you have travelled back in time.
Keep climbing and you will reach the little pink building which houses the Porcelain Museum. Up here you have panoramic views of Florence and the countryside- absolutely stunning. You will also find other small ornate buildings that acted as private guest houses/getaways.
On you way back down before heading into the palace, make sure you stop by the Grottos which have beautiful sculptures and fresco paintings all amongst stalactites.
Enjoy some photos from our visit to the Boboli Gardens in Florence below!
Wanting more Italy? Check out some of our time in Venice – here (more coming soon), visit to the islands of Burano – here and Murano – here, Climbing Florence’s Duomo- here, Tuscany’s Vignamaggio Winery- here, Tuscany’s Montefollonico, Tuscany’s Montalcino, Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco, Tour of the Vatican with Walks of Italy – here, Food Tour in Trastevere Rome With Eating Europe- here, the best way to see the Colosseum in Rome – here, Roaming the hidden gem of Aqueduct Park in Rome – here, a quick trip to the island of Capri- here; a Rainy Day in Positano – here , Exploring the Lost City of Pompeii – here, Sunsets at Ponte Vecchio- here, Our relaxing time in Sorrento- here , How to Conquer Venice’s St. Mark’s Square , Visiting The David at Galleria dell Academia, The Steep Tuscan Town of Montepulciano (here), Visiting the Ancient Roman Forum- here and Top Free Things to do in Rome- here.