Guide to Visiting Florence’s Boboli Gardens (or not…)

Guide to Visiting Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy |

Boboli Gardens is a famous spot in Florence, Italy behind Pitti Palace. The garden is touted as an elegant Italian-style garden with expansive green spaces and historical statues and fountains. This post will be a guide to what to expect when visiting Boboli Gardens, and if I think it is worth visiting or not.

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The Garden: What to Expect

The gardens were designed by the Medici family, a highly influential wealthy family in Italy in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Medici’s bought Pitti Palace in 1549.

The garden’s website describes it as a vast green outdoor museum. We were there in late July, and there was not much green anywhere. I understand now that Boboli Gardens is not a typical flower garden, but even most of the grass was dead. It was not a good look. There were some manicured shrubs that were green, which was pretty much the only highlight.

Boboli Gardens is also apparently well-known for its statues and fountains. However, when we were there, the fountains weren’t running, and the statues were fairly decrepit. Nothing was super captivating or incredible to look at in my opinion.

A Guide to Visiting Boboli Gardens |

A Guide to Visiting Boboli Gardens |

A Guide to Visiting Boboli Gardens |


Boboli Gardens is located directly behind Pitti Palace on the south side of the Arno River. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, which is the main bridge across the river.

A Guide to Visiting Boboli Gardens |

A Guide to Visiting Boboli Gardens |


Tickets are 10 Euros each from March to the end of October and 6 Euros the rest of the year. You can also get a combined ticket for 38 Euros, which includes entrance to Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace and Uffizi Gallery.

A Guide to Visiting Boboli Gardens |

Is it worth visiting?

I would say no, Boboli Gardens is not worth visiting. However, if you are planning on going to Uffizi Gallery (which you totally should) AND Pitti Palace, then it’s only 2 Euros more for the combo ticket, which includes Boboli Gardens.

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Have you ever been to Boboli Gardens? What did you think? I’d love to know if it’s any different at other times of the year!

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3 Replies to “Guide to Visiting Florence’s Boboli Gardens (or not…)”

  1. Madame ! Boboli gardens in spring !

    Thepoets wrote:
    “Yes, a new world surrounds us! Grateful now
    The cooling shelter of these evergreens.
    The tuneful murmur of this gurgling spring
    Once more revives us. In the morning wind
    The tender branches waver to and fro.
    The flowers look upwards from their lowly beds.
    And smile upon us with their childlike eves.
    The gardener, fearless grown, removes the roof
    That screen’d his citron and his orange trees,
    The azure dome of heaven above us rests:
    And, in the far horizon, from the hills
    The snow in balmy vapor melts away…”

  2. Oh we stood outside and contemplated spending the money to enter the gardens or not, we ended up deciding against it. I feel better about the decision now reading you didn’t think it was worth it.

    1. I think you made the right decision! Maybe we went at the wrong time of year, but I did not think it was worth paying for at all!

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