Il Boboli Gardens, historical park of the city of Florence It was initially born as a grand-ducal garden of Palazzo Pitti.
Connected to Forte di Belvedere, military outpost for the safety of the sovereign and his family, this wonderful place welcomes every year over 800.000 visitors.
One can certainly consider one of the most important examples of Italian garden in the world, unique in terms of size and suggestive atmosphere; a real one outdoor museum thanks also to the architectural-landscape setting and to the collection of sculptures housed in it, ranging from Roman antiquities to the 20th century.
I gardens just behind Palazzo Pitti, first residence of the doctors, Then the Lorraine and subsequently of the Savoy, were built between the fifteenth and nineteenth century and occupy an area of about 45.000 m².
The first setting was style Renaissance, still visible in the nucleus adjacent to the palazzo.
Later, with the passing of the years, new portions were added with different settings.
Along the axis parallel to the palace the perspective axis of the Viottolone, from which stretch of gravel paths that reach up to the ponds, fountains, temples, waterlilies and suggestive caves.
Of great importance in the garden are the statues and buildings, primarily the eighteenth century coffeehouse (rare example of taste rococo in Tuscany), which allows you to admire the panorama of the city. Of course, the interest is also worthwhile Limonaia, which still preserves the original green Lorraine color.
The garden has four accessible accesses: from the courtyard of the Ammannati di Palazzo Pitti, From Forte di Belvedere, from via Romana and from the square of Porta Romana, as well as an "extra" exit on piazza Pitti.
In the 2013, the museum circuit of the garden, which includes among others the Silver Museum Costume Gallery, Porcelain Museum and the Bardini garden, was the sixth most visited Italian state site, with over 700.000 tourists.