The Beautiful Bardini Garden
You can find the Bardini Gardens along the Arno River and by the Ponte alle Grazi. Just up the street is the entrance to a beautiful, not as well known garden in Florence with spectacular views of the city. On previous trips, we visited the Boboli Gardens several times which is located behind the Pitti Palace; but the Bardini Gardens is a hidden treasure.
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You actually enter the Gardens through what you would think is an office building. We passed it several times on walks and if you don’t look for the sign; you might pass it too. You can spend an hour or a full day depending on your itinerary. Why not pack a panini and have a picnic?
The Bardini Garden is actually three gardens, all different in style. The center features a grand stairway built by Giulio Mozzi in the late Eighteenth Century and is embellished with beautiful fountains and statues.
To the west of the gardens, you will find the Anglo-Chinese garden built by Jacques Louis Le Blanc at the beginning of the Nineteenth Century.
A stroll in the Bardini Garden takes you through seven centuries of Florence history in the beauty of the collection of trees and flowers.
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What’s in Bloom
Not to be missed are the camellias that bloom in March. The wisteria corridor that blooms in April is beautiful but unfortunately, due to the heavy rains and our visiting in May, they were all but gone. Photo below is credited as noted. Azaleas and rhododendrons also bloom in April while the roses are supposed to be spectacular in May and June bring to bloom the beautiful hydrangeas (one of my favorite flowers).
La Villa Bardini
The La Villa Bardini has been restored and now open to the public. We did not enter the villa but is houses the headquarters of the Bardini Peyron Monumental Park Foundation.
For a beautiful panoramic view of the city and a perfect place for photos, walk up to The Belvedere. Here you will have beautiful photo opportunities of the Duomo and the surrounding city and hills. There are several benches you can sit and take in the beauty. There were several people reading, writing in journals and just relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
The building just above The Belvedere is where you can get an even better view with an afternoon espresso. There were several people just sitting and enjoying the view from this level.
Entrance: Via dei Bardi 1r
(or you can also enter/exit at: Costa San Giorgio 2)
Garden (only) entry fee: €5,00