One of the most elegant gardens in Italy is found in the heart of Florence. The massive swath of terrain is connected to the opulent Pitti Palace and was turned into a formal garden when it was purchased by the mighty Medici family. It was enlarged and enhanced through the centuries but the main formal garden remains in the state that the Medici's landscape architect planned. It is a lasting example of a regal Renaissance garden, meant to highlight the prestige of the palace.

There are geometric box hedged sections near the palace laid out in formal fashion. These give way to meadows and groves, secret corners, an arbor-lined walkway and even an amphitheater - all adorned with astounding statuary and fanciful fountains. The Boboli Gardens is a gorgeous green space in the middle of the city. It is a beautiful respite from the bustle -and is like an open air museum.

Open every day starting at 8:15 AM with closing times based on the season. It closes earlier in the winter than the other seasons. The last entry is always one hour before closing. Closed on the first and last Monday of the month, New Year's Day, May 1st and Christmas Day.

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Piazza de' Pitti, 1.

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