Giardino di boboli
Piazza Pitti, 1
Behind Palazzo Pitti, which for almost four centuries was the residence of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and for a short period of the kings of Italy, lie the marvellous Giardini di Boboli. The Medici family established the layout of the gardens, creating the Italian garden style that would become a model for many European courts. The vast green expanse with a regular layout is a genuine outdoor museum, populated by ancient and Renaissance statues. The Gardens are also adorned with grottos, the most important of which is the famous grotto created by Bernardo Buontalenti, as well as large fountains, such as the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Ocean. The subsequent Habsburg-Lorraine and Savoy dynasties further developed the layout, extending the boundaries that flank the ancient city walls up to Porta Romana. In the stunningly beautiful terraced area, there is an eighteenth-century pavilion called the Kaffeehaus – a rare example of Rococo architecture in Tuscany – and the Lemon House, built by Zanobi del Rosso between 1777 and 1778. A tour of the Giardini di Boboli completes the visit to Palazzo Pitti, of which it is an integral part, allowing one to fully grasp the spirit of court life and at the same time enjoy the experience of a garden that is constantly renewed while respecting its tradition.