Gardens Not To Miss in Florence
1The Boboli Gardens is one of the largest gardens in Florence, and the best place in Florence if you’re looking to get yourself some fresh, fresh air. Boasting of 11 acres, hidden behind the Pitti Palace – a large unforgiving façade – the garden is its backyard, filled with interlocking garden paths all which lead to the many sections which divides the garden itself.
It all began as a showcase of the sculptures that were being collected by the Medici and Lorraine families between the 16th and 18th centuries. The Pitti Palace was intended as a place of solitude, and because you simply can’t have much solitude with statues staring at you from all angles, the statues spilled out into the palace’s backyard. This outdoor museum became the Boboli Gardens.
Some of areas of the Boboli Garden you should really keep your eyes peeled for include:
Neptune’s Fountain – a huge fountain located in the centre of the garden, your point of reference for directing yourself around the place.
The Ampitheatre which is located a little at the beginning as your walk through the palace – a vast rectangular space of greenery. An impressive feature in the middle of a large city.
Cypress Lane to the East of the garden – a long pathway flanked as either side by trees which seems to go on forever and leaves oneself nonetheless with an unmatched sense of tranquillity.
Although as we are sure Cosimi I de’ Medici and Eleonora di Toledo would have enjoyed the Boboli Gardens, they’re no longer here now. The space is open for anyone to enjoy, and enjoy it you may.
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