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The best loved of the few green spaces and parks in the city centre
Despite the entrance fee, Giardino di Boboli is a popular oasis, particularly on hot summer days. Far to the left of the main entrance is a fountain showing Cosimo I’s obese dwarf as a nude Bacchus.
Then follow the walkway that leads to Buontalenti’s grotto with Bandinelli’s statues of Ceres and Apollo, casts of Michelangelo’s Slaves and a second grotto adorned with frescoes of classic Greek and Roman myths and encrusted with shells.
The ramps take you to the amphitheater, where Jacopo Peri’s and Giulio Caccini’s Euridice was staged for the Medici in 1600. At the top of the hill is the Museo delle Porcellane, entered through the Giardino dei Cavalieri.
Giardino di Boboli
Giardino di Boboli, Piazza Pitti, Florence, Florence
Phone: 055 2651816/2651838
Open Hours: Nov-Feb 8.15am- 4.30pm daily. Mar, June-Aug, Oct 8.15am-7.30pm daily. Apr, May, Sept 8.15am-6.30pm daily. Closed 1st & last Mon of mth.
Price: Cost money