Boboli Gardens

Boboli Gardens: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

1. Florence: Entrance Ticket to Pitti Palace

Step inside Florence's Pitti Palace and explore the Palatine Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art with your priority ticket. Marvel at historic collections, such as the Treasury of the Grand Dukes and the Medici Collection. The original palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Today, the lavish Renaissance palace hosts an extraordinary collection of art.  Admire some of the incredible works amassed by the Medicis during their rule. See works from Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and Rubens. From the windows, catch views of Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito Basilica and the Boboli Gardens.  Explore some of the most important museums in Florence on your visit to the Pitti Palace. Visit the Palatine Gallery on the first floor and discover a broad collection of 16th and 17th-century paintings, and the Royal Apartments, containing furnishings from a remodeling done in the 19th century. Then, head to the second floor to see the Gallery of Modern Art and admire the fine collection of paintings and sculptures, mostly Italian, dating from the late 18th century to World War I. The elegant rooms, which were inhabited by the Lorraine grand dukes, are decorated with works of the neo-classical and romantic periods.

Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

2. Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes, and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court. The Grotta del Buontalenti is an artificial cave filled with false stalactites and stalagmites, with statues of sheep, shepherds, and Romans goddesses. The cave is located close to the entrance of the Boboli Garden and at the end of the Vasari Corridor. 

Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

3. Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour

Start in the early morning and visit the grandiose courtyard of the Pitti Palace with your expert English-speaking guide. Then, you'll reach the "noble floor" (first floor) to discover the magic of the Palatina Gallery and its amazing collection of paintings, Renaissance and Neo-classic pieces of furniture with superb tops made with semi-precious stones, which gave fame to the Medici family all over Europe. Stuccoworks and frescoes on the ceilings, splendid paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Raffaello, Tiziano, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Caravaggio in unimaginably beautiful gilded frames will linger on in your memory. Never too crowded and so enjoyable even in the heat of the summertime, visit the Boboli Gardens in the early morning. One by one all the Grand Dukes of the Medici family will be stepping into the scene in a fabulous scenario. Continue exploring the oldest part of the Boboli Gardens and its enchanted Amphitheater, as well as its green spaces which have inspired major landscape architects of the world.

Boboli Garden: Guided Tour

4. Boboli Garden: Guided Tour

Visit the green oasis in the center of Florence, a marvelous design by Niccolò Tribolo and later featured by Giorgio Vasari, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Bernardo Buontalenti in 16th-century. Your tour guide will meet you in the Piazza Pitti or the Pitti Square right in front of the Central Gate, before unveiling the history of the Boboli Gardens and how it was designed. The tour starts from the central Gate of Palazzo Pitti, and the guide will give an explanation of the Palazzo Pitti while walking you towards the gardens. You can only get to know these details from a professional and local guide who is has a profound knowledge of all the small details. You can take a relaxing walk through this amazing open-air museum, full of fountains, temples, beautiful caves and sculptures (Michelangelo, Giambologna) and many more. Walk with your guide and admire its masterpieces like the Grotta Grande, the Amphitheater, the Viottolone and the Isolotto, the Knights Garden and the Kaffehaus and enjoy a spectacular view of Florence. Before the tour ends, don't forget to ask your guide for any additional questions you may have and at the end of the tour you may stay some time in the garden at your leisure, making it more memorable.

Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

5. Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

Meet your guide at Pitti Palace, then head inside for your private tour. Start off with an introduction to the famous Medici Family and the Pitti Family. Learn about their historical influence on Florence and what their lives here would have been like. Follow your guide around the palace, which is similar to an open museum. Walk in the footsteps of grand dukes, and admire the richly decorated interior. Highlights of the tour include the Palatine Gallery, the Royal Apartments, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fashion and Costume. At the end of the tour, receive your priority entry ticket to the Boboli Gardens. Finally, explore the gardens at your own leisure, and marvel at the Renaissance statues and carved fountains.  

Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

6. Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour

Explore the former residence of the ruling families of Tuscany on a private tour of the magnificent Pitti Palace, now a complex of amazing museums in the Oltrarno district of Florence. See artifacts that belonged to the powerful Medici family and other rulers of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, including masterpieces by Raphael and Titian in the main Palatine Gallery. Look inside the opulent Royal Apartments, and explore the Winter Quarter and rarely seen Prince of Naples Quarter. Discover the largest museum in Italy dedicated to fashion, and visit the recently reopened Bardini Garden offering panoramic views over the city. Stroll the Renaissance-style Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace and discover a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Admire the Fountain of Neptune in the Roman-style amphitheater and much more.

Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

7. Florence Medici's Mile 2-Hour Walking Tour

Trace the fascinating history of the Medici dynasty on a 2-hour walking tour of Florence and learn how they used their wealth and power to patronize the arts and lay the foundations of the Italian Renaissance. Hear anecdotes about their intrigue, power struggles, betrayals and incredible foresight. Admire their former palaces and visit streets and squares where members of the family lived. Walk the same narrow streets they used to walk along to landmark monuments such as the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in the San Lorenzo district. Take a look at the church where they worshipped and built their mausoleum at the Medici Chapels in the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s stunning dome. Continue to the Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Signoria, where Cosimo I de' Medici moved his official seat in May 1540, signaling the security of Medici power. Follow the route of the Vasari Corridor from the outside and learn more about the elevated passageway that allowed the Grand Dukes to move between the Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti without being seen by the citizens. Arrive at the Palazzo Pitti and its magnificent Boboli Gardens for a look at the last residence of the Medici family at the end of your tour.

Florence: Best City Attractions Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Florence: Best City Attractions Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover the majesty and culture of Florence, its fashionable shopping streets and its quirky, breathtaking, hidden gems with a handy and informative digital guide. This state-of-the-art, self-guided sightseeing app uniquely combines public transportation and walking tours with high-quality audio narration available in 6 languages, rich visuals, helpful text, and offline navigable mapping to transform your smartphone into an intelligent assistant and reliable travel companion. Experience the city at your own pace, while discovering more than any guide could ever tell you. Thanks to local storytellers, you can enjoy over 80 points of interest in the city, plus seek out the best photo-spots and free Wi-Fi areas. Highlights include: - Florence's Cathedral - Uffizi Gallery - Accademia Gallery - HolyCross Basilica (SantaCroce) - HolyCross Square - Ponte Vecchio - Galileo Galilei's House - Santa Maria Maggiore - Gate of St Nicholas - Cappella Pazzi - Fish's Lodge - The Great Synagogue - Piazzale Michelangelo - Medici Chapel - Boboli's Garden

Florence: Inferno Private Walking Tour

9. Florence: Inferno Private Walking Tour

Discover Florence in a mysterious and unusual atmosphere as you retrace the places of Dan Brown's novel Inferno. Learn all about Dante's Inferno, as the movie was inspired by the events narrated in the Divine Comedy, the historic poem by Dante Alighieri. Start the journey with a visit to the wonderful Boboli Gardens. Follow the steps of Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks and picture the different movie scenes. Also, visit Torre di Badia and the Dante Society. Just like in the thriller, explore the Palazzo della Signoria and the Baptistery of Florence to discover the mysteries that lie behind Florentine art.

Florence: Fashion Private Tour with Museum Visits

10. Florence: Fashion Private Tour with Museum Visits

The first fashion show in Italy took place in Florence, Villa Torrigiani, 12 February 1951 and the second in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti. The tour will start from the Ferragamo Museum. They documented the entirety of Salvatore Ferragamo activities, since his return from the US to Italy in 1927 until his death and hear plenty interesting stories about this fashion house. Very important to visit next is the Palazzo Pitti with magnificent Costume Gallery. There, approximately six thousand pieces, ancient and modern clothes, accessories and theater costumes. Considered the only museum of the history of fashion in Italy and one of the most important one. Also a stop by Museo degli Argenti - Silver Museum, with the jewelry collections of Medici and Lorraine. The most important there to see is the "Scaramazza Pearl" of Anna Maria Luisa, the last of the Medici dynasty. The visit will end with an introduction to the Boboli Gardens, the famous Italian garden.

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What people are saying about Boboli Gardens

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,972 reviews

Lara was an excellent guide to these beautiful gardens! Her knowledge was impressive and she maintained a friendly yet thoroughly professional manner throughout. Highly recommended!!

Lara was friendly yet professional at the same time. I was impressed with her knowledge of the Gardens and her enthusiasm for her subject was boundless! Highly recommended!!

Amazing collection of art that provides insight into the rich culture and history of the Renaissance period of Florence and the Medici family.

We heard that Boboli Gardens is a beautiful place to visit. We enjoyed a leisurely walk throughout and picnicked.

Such a beautiful museum and the gardens are wonderful. The stairs are a lot but worth the views.