The Boboli Gardens were designed by Niccolo Tribolo who died one year after starting the gardens and it was completed by Bartolommeo Ammanati, Bernardo Buontalenti, and Giorgio Vasari. The name came from the hill, Boboli, in which the gardens reside.
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The Boboli Gardens is one of Italy’s largest gardens. It begins at the Pitti Palace and ends at the Porta Romana. It was enlarged in the 17th through 19th centuries to its current size of 45,000 square meters or about 11 acres. That gives everyone plenty of space to find a great spot for a picnic!
The grounds have many beautiful statues sculpted by Giorgio Vesari, Stoldo Lorenzi, Giambologna Pietro Tacca, Sebastiano Saluini and others.
The Views and Plants
The plants, grass and trees get their water from the Arno River through a conduit from the Arno through an elaborate irrigation system. It’s hard to imagine they could do something like this that long ago! We were there in April and the flowers were just blooming. I can imagine the beauty in June/July when everything is in full bloom! The views are amazing!
As you are leaving the gardens, you have one of the best views of all, the Duomo!