giardino di boboli (florence)

It is a rainy, dreary and dark day here in The Netherlands today, and I can’t help but to reminisce about my wonderful month spent in Florence, Italy last year. One warm and sunny afternoon, I explored the Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Gardens) found behind the Pitti Palace, the main seat of the Medici grand dukes of Tuscany at Florence. The gardens are the first and most familiar formal sixteenth century Italian gardens.

The openness of the garden, with an expansive view of the city, was unconventional for its time. In the picture below are views from the garden, and featured are the dome of the Duomo and the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio…

Monumental head  sculpted by Igor Mitoraj…

Beautiful views of the picturesque Tuscan landscape…

The garden is home to a distinguished collection of sculptures dating from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, with some Roman antiquities.

I definitely recommend visiting the gardens if you are visiting Florence. It is a great afternoon getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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