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Boboli Gardens

ADDRESS
Pitti Place
COST
Full Price: € 7,00
Reduced: € 3,50
It includes Museo degli Argenti, Galleria del Costume, Museo delle Porcellane e Giardino Bardini.
In special days with exhibits the ticket is € 10 full price and €5 reduced.

WHEN
Open all days from 8.15 a.m to 4.30 p.m. (November – Febraury), 5.30 p.m. (March), 6.30 p.m. (April – May, September – October) e 7.30 p.m. (June – August)
Last entrance is always one hour before the close. It’s closed first and last Monday of the month, 1st January, 1st May e 25th December.

Hi! We are Marta and Benedetta, for friends (like you) Agent Bomber and Agent Valkyrie!
Today we are going to talk about Boboli Gardens .
The Gardens, behind the Pitti Palace, the main seat of the Medici grand dukes of Tuscany at Florence, are some of the first and most familiar formal 16th-century Italian gardens. The mid-16th-century garden style, as it was developed here, incorporated longer axial developments, wide gravel avenues, a considerable “built” element of stone, the lavish employment of statuary and fountains, and a proliferation of detail, coordinated in semi-private and public spaces that were informed by classical accents: grottos, nympheums, garden temples and the like. The openness of the garden, with an expansive view of the city, was unconventional for its time. The gardens were very lavish, considering no access was allowed outside the immediate Medici family, and no entertainment or parties ever took place in the gardens.
The Boboli Gardens were laid out for Eleonora di Toledo, the wife of Cosimo I de’ Medici. The name is a curruption of “Bogoli”, a family from whom land had been bought to construct the garden. The first stage was scarcely begun by Niccolò Tribolo before he died in 1550, then was continued by Bartolomeo Ammanati, with contributions in planning from Giorgio Vasari, who laid out the grottos, and in sculpture by Bernardo Buontalenti. The elaborate architecture of the grotto in the courtyard that separates the palace from its garden is by Buontalenti.
The garden lacks a natural water source. To water the plants in the garden, a conduit was built from the nearby Arno River to feed water into an elaborate irrigation system.
In the first phase of building, the amphitheatre was excavated in the hillside behind the palace. Initially formed by clipped edges and greens, it was later formalized by rebuilding in stone decorated with statues based on Roman myths such as the Fountain of the Ocean sculpted by Giambologna, then transferred to another location within the same garden.
The gardens have passed through several stages of enlargement and restructuring work. They were enlarged in the 17th century to their present extent of 45,000 m² (111 acres). The Boboli Gardens have come to form an outdoor museum of garden sculpture that includes Roman antiquities as well as 16th and 17th century works.
This was a bit of this garden’s story, we think that is very beautiful to see because garden and monuments like this we are not going to make never ever again!

From AV and AB it’s all, just wait for the next article! We are going to talk again about our beautiful Florence!

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