Boboli Gardens

In the heart of Florence is this charming green gem, an illustrious Renaissance garden teeming with sculptures.

TravelCurious Tip

The gardens are expansive and quite steep in places, so be sure to bring appropriate footwear if you want to really explore them

The Boboli Gardens are found in the heart of Florence, behind the Palazzo Pitti, which was formerly the home of the Medici family and is now one of the city’s foremost museums. When first built the gardens were a lavish present from the Medici family, for the Medici family: no one else was allowed in, and no events were ever held there.

The gardens were carefully designed in the 16th-century style, imbued with classical elements. Wide gravel avenues lead to statues and fountains nestled in ornate stonework, with spaces inspired by grottos, garden temples and amphitheatres. To walk around them is to take a journey through classical mythology.

Eyes on the Prize

The fountain of Neptune can be found on the hillside above the amphitheatre. Set in a large basin, the central bronze statue of Neptune was created by Stoldo Lorenzi. It depicts a moment from the competition between Athena and Neptune to be the patron of Athens. Neptune struck the ground with his trident, producing a salt spring; Athena, with a touch of her spear, summoned an olive tree from the soil. No prizes for guessing who won.

Far From Grotty

Stone stalactites mark the entrance to the Large Grotto. Don’t be put off by its rather unattractive name: it is exquisite. Inside, the grotto contains three frescoed sections: the first contains replicas of Michaelangelo’s Prisoners, the second holds Paris and Helen by Vincenzo de Rossi, and the third contains Giambologna’s, Bathing Venus. The latter two were allegedly designed as perfect spots for Duke Francesco I de Medici’s amorous trysts.

Nearby Attractions

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Palazzo Pitti
A vast 15th century palace commissioned by the ambitious Florentine banker Luca Pitti, housing an important collection of Renaissance paintings.
Renaissance Statues
Throughout Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, there are dramatic marble statues which draw global visitors each day.
Palatine Gallery
Housing some of the grandest artworks of Palazzo Pitti, the Palatine Gallery is not to be missed.
Oltrarno Neighbourhood
Oltrarno means “beyond the Arno” and is now one of Florence's trendiest neighbourhoods.
Anfiteatro de Boboli
Originally designed as a garden, the Anfiteatro de Boboli was finished in 1634 and after a performance held in 1739, the Amphitheatre was no longer used for plays.
Vasca del Nettuno
The Boboli Gardens are known for the beauty of its sculptures and the wonder of its fountains. The Vasca del Nettuno is one of the most beautiful attractions where Neptune is seen holding a trident against fish and mermaids.

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Dan Brown Inferno Tour
Experience Florence just as Robert Langdon and his lovely assistant Sienna Brooks did in Dan Brown’s hit novel Inferno. Explore the fascinating religious and art history this fantastic city has to offer, all with the help of your expert city guide. 

  • Commence your quest in the Boboli Gardens, as Langdon and Sienna did 
  • Sneak your way through secret passageways at the Palazzo Vecchio 
  • Explore Dante's Quarter, including Dante's childhood home and  Santa Margherita dei Cerchi
  • Visit the magnificent Baptistery of St. John
  • Look for clues on the glistening Gates of Paradise 

Bobili Gardens 
Your first destination will be where Langdon and Sienna, start their quest: in the Boboli Gardens, a beautiful renaissance park filled with sculptures, fountains, flowers, tree-lined walkways, and hidden grottoes. From here you will venture on to the Palazzo Vecchio where Langdon and Sienna sneak their way through secret passageways and climb ceiling rafters. 

Dante’s Quarter (the House and Church of Dante)
A short walk will take you on Via Dante Alighieri and right in the midst of Dante’s neighborhood. Langdon heads to the museum gift shop of Dante’s childhood home looking for a copy of Inferno, only to find it closed. He then makes his way to Dante’s church, Santa Margherita dei Cerchi. This beautiful church dates as far back as 1032, and legend has it it’s here where Dante first spied his true love, Beatrice. 

Baptistery of St. John
You will then head over to the ivory-white Baptistry of St. John, one of Florence’s oldest buildings and most magnificent. This is where Langdon finally puts two and two together thanks to the clue: “I [Dante] shall return…at my baptismal font”, and pays a visit to the beautiful font centerpiece. 

You will then look for clues on the glistening Gates of Paradise, that flank the exterior of the Baptistery. These gates comprising quatrefoils with twenty scenes from the life of John the Baptist, are well worth your attention and will be a great talking point among you and your expert city guide.

Travel Curious Tip: Re-read your copy of Inferno before the tour!

We built this tour because it invites travellers, who are also fans of Dan Brown, to have an authentic experience in the heart of Florence.
The Medici Dynasty Private Tour inc Tickets: Profit, Power, and Politics
Immerse yourself in the power and politics of the Medici Dynasty on this fascinating 3-hour tour.

  • Commence your tour of Palazzo Medici, the family's first lordly residence.
  • Discover the hidden gems of the palace - Palazzo Pitti and the picturesque Boboli Gardens.
  • Stand in awe of a wide collection of Renaissance paintings and sculptures.
  • Uncover the history and secrets of the Medici family.
The 15th century was Florence's golden age, a period of unprecedented artistic and intellectual achievements. Indeed, it is the city that gave birth to the Renaissance, and home to the Medici family. 

The House of Medici was an Italian bourgeois family that ruled Florence and, later, Tuscany, from 1434 to 1737 (except for two brief intervals). Wherever you look in Florence, you will meet the Medici – not just their busts and coat of arms, but the magnificent churches, palaces and works of art they commissioned. Discover how the history of the Medici is riddled with dramatic rises and ruinous falls- filled with secrets and scandals. 

This tour will focus on the amazing history of their rise to power and the palazzo intrigues and will let you know more about their private life by visiting the hidden gems of their main Palace, Palazzo Pitti, and the gorgeous Boboli Gardens. 

Palazzo Pitti, which has also been the residence of the King of Italy for a brief period in the late 18th century, houses important collections of paintings and sculpture, porcelains and costumes, besides providing a magnificently decorated historical setting which extends to the Boboli Gardens, one of the earliest Italian gardens famous also for its fountains and grottoes. This green heart of Florence can be considered an open-air museum, rich in history and art, stories, secret corners and fascinating routes.
Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens: Private Walking Tour
Explore the beautiful formal grounds of the Boboli Gardens, and the magnificent Palazzo Pitti – the grand-ducal residence of three ruling dynasties. Filled with artistic treasures by revered maestros such as Titian and Raphael, you’ll learn about the aristocratic lives of the Medici and other noble families who ruled the glittering, by-gone era of the Italian Renaissance. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Enjoy the personal attention of your expert, licensed private guide.
  • Take advantage of ticketed access to the magnificent Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens.
  • Marvel at the lavish interior of this vast palazzo, as your guide, tells you about the lives of the grand dukes, duchesses, and their entourages, who inhabited the place for centuries.
  • Discover glorious masterpieces by Titian, Raphael, and Rubens.
  • Learn the compelling backstories to the works of art that adorn the walls together with the history of Anna Maria Luisa de Medici (1667-1743), the Palazzo Pitti’s patron of the arts. 
  • Learn about the fascinating history of the building from its construction in the 1400s by the wealthy banker Luca Pitti, to its historic purchase by the Medici in 1550, and how it was later gifted to the Italian people. 
  • Explore the highlights of this palatial complex now divided into four museums: the gleaming Treasury of the Grand Dukes, the astonishing luxury of the Imperial and Royal apartments and the Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Costume and Fashion where you can browse the stunning collections of ceramics, costumes and exquisite jewellery.
  • End your tour with a courtly stroll around the majestic grounds of the Boboli Gardens, filled with ancient and Renaissance statues, formal landscape architecture, grottos and architectural follies.
Set on the southern bank of the River Arno, this vast and magnificent Renaissance palace is a grandiose architectural statement of epic proportions, that tells of a rich and grandiose historic past. Commissioned in 1446 by Florentine banker Luca Pitti who aspired to live in a building so large it would dwarf all his enemies, the Palazzo Pitti has hosted a trio of noble families over the centuries: the House of Medici, the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and the kings of Italy, the House of Savoy. Now open to the public, at 32,000 square metres, the palazzo is the largest museum complex in Florence. 

On your tour, you will benefit from your expert guide’s compelling commentary and swerve queues and crowds. You’ll learn about how the Pitti’s rivals, the Medici Family, bought the Palazzo in 1550 and how it became a symbol of the power of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany’s ruling families. Located at the foot of Boboli Hill, the building’s forbidding design features a series of repeated arch-headed apertures reminiscent of a Roman aqueduct. 

In 1919, the palace and its contents were donated by King Victor Emmanuel III to the Italian people - and the gallery’s gilded paintings and priceless artefacts represent one of the most magnificent collections in the world today. Marvel at the 17th century lavish, gilded interior decor - itself a magnum opus - and enjoy the world-class artistry in the Palatine Gallery, the Silver Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Costume Gallery, the Porcelain Museum and the Museum of Carriages. The grand, formal parklands of the historic Boboli Gardens, open to the public since 1766, is a fine example of an early "Italian Garden", and provides a fitting finale to a resplendent tour rich in courtly grandeur.


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