Advance Reservations
For the Boboli Gardens and Museum of Silver & Bardini Gardens in Florence

Book reservations for Boboli Gardens and Museum of Silver
Book reservations for the Bardini Gardens

P.zza Pitti, 1

Boboli -- Florence's Central Park -- is the prototype for the Italian garden. Originally designed in 1549 for Cosimo I de Medici's Florentine villa, it presented a Renaissance design was as regular as it could be on an undulating site. During the century after its inception, the garden changed and developed with help from many prominent designers. It became Florence's grandest garden, with a great grotto designed by Buontalenti and containing Giambologna's Venus and Michaelangelo's four Slaves. The natural amphitheatre behind the Pitti Palace was made into a real amphitheatre after 1600 and continues to be for plays. Established in the second half of the 19th century, the Museum of Silver occupies 16 rooms and is filled with silverware, gold, jewels, cameos, Oriental tapestries, furniture, crystal and the ivory of the Medicis.

Wedged between Piazzale Michelangelo and the Boboli Gardens, the Bardini Gardens offer what we consider to be the BEST views of Florence because they are closer to the city than Piazzale Michelangelo, but not inside it -- so you get the whole panorama of the world's most beautiful Renaissance city. Only recently opened to the public, these terraced gardens are also a horticultural treasure trove, and are generally almost deserted, which makes them even more enchanting than their more illustrious counterparts. There are steps to climb so this is not recommended for anyone with walking problems, but the relatively modest effort pays off big time in tranquility, beauty and unforgettable photo opportunities.

8:15am-4:30pm in January, February, November and December
8:15am-5:30pm in March
8:15am-6:30pm in April, May, September and October
8:15am-7:30pm in June, July and August

1st and Last Monday of the month, December 25, January 1 and May 1


Book reservations for Boboli Gardens and Museum of Silver
Book reservations for the Bardini Gardens