Boboli Gardens

Behind the Pitti Palace, the astonishing Boboli Gardens stretch over the hill creating a real open-air museum. Commissioned by the Medici family, they became the prototype of  the Italian-style gardens for many European courts. Their huge green expanse is scattered with plenty of ancient and modern statues, monumental fountains and grottos like the fabulous one by the celebrated artist Bernardo Buontalenti. Their fascinating pathways allow to catch the atmosphere of court life while walking amidst natural wonders which renew themselves endlessly. 

Address

There are 4 entrances to the Gardens: the central door of Pitti Palace, Annalena (Via Romana 37/A), Porta Romana and Forte Belvedere. Since February 2016 the entrance from Annalena has been closed during the free openings of the first Sunday of each month.


Porcelain Museum

The Porcelain Museum was arranged in the 18th-century building called “Palazzina del Cavaliere”, in a captivating position on top of the Boboli hill, and originally conceived by the Medici family as a place for amusement and pleasure, and where the Accademici del Cimento (members of the scientific “Cimento” Academy) used to meet. It gathers beautiful European porcelains purchased by Habsburg-Lorraine Grand Dukes, along with collections brought by the Savoy Kings from their residences in Parma, Piacenza and Sala Baganza. Moreover, it is noteworthy to admire the remarkable amount of porcelains produced by the renowned Doccia Manufacture, set up by Marquis Carlo Ginori in 1737 and usually known as Richard Ginori after its fusion with the Richard Manufacture from Milan at the end of the 19th century. 


Download the map of the Gardens here

 

Opening Hours of the Gardens

From Monday to Sunday: 

8.15am – 4.30pm in November, December, January, February

8.15am – 5.30pm in March (6.30pm when Daylight Saving Time starts)

8.15am – 6.30pm in April, May, September, October

8.15pm – 5.30pm in October (when Daylight Saving Time ends)

8.15am – 6.50pm in June, July, August

The last admission is always an hour before the closing time.

Closed: first and last Monday of each month, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December.

The Gardens can be subject to temporary closures or changes of the opening hours due to weather emergencies which could injure persons and damage things.

 

Admission tickets

The ticket also includes access to the Porcelain Museum and the Bardini Garden.

Regular price: € 7.00

Reduced price: € 3.50

Free admission

Free admission on the first Sunday of each month.

The residents of the municipality of Florence are entitled to free admission to the Gardens from the entrances of Annalena (via Romana 37/a) and Porta Romana, upon presentation of identity card, and they cannot go beyond the area of the Vasca dell'Isola (Island Basin), as per Ministerial Decree no. 403 dated 13/12/2007.

In case of temporary exhibitions the ticket prices are subject to increases:

Regular price: € 10.00

Reduced price: € 5.00

Free admission

Tickets can be purchased also online at the following web address:

http://www.b-ticket.com/b-ticket/uffizi/

The b-ticket website is the only official channel authorized by MIBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) for selling tickets online for the Uffizi complex, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. 

Bookings can be made by calling Firenze Musei at the following phone number: (+39) 055294883.
Reservation fee: € 3.00

Also discover the opportunities of FIRENZECARD: 72 museums for 72 hours at 72 euros. The card may be purchased at the ticket office of Pitti Palace. For further information see the website www.firenzecard.it.

           

Bookshops

One bookshop is located in the courtyard of the Palace and another one near the Amphitheatre, where multilingual guidebooks, art history books and gadgets are on sale.

    

Cafeteria

The cafeteria is located under the right colonnade in the courtyard of the Palace, near the entrance to Boboli Gardens. It offers both table and counter service with different prices respectively. It is therefore recommended to check prices before ordering.

 

Accessible toilets

An accessible toilet with a stairlift is located nearby the Amphitheatre. Another one is located at one of the entrances of the Gardens, the so-called Annalena's entrance, accessible from via Romana.

  

Toilets and Baby Areas

Toilets for men and ladies are in the basement of the Palace's main courtyard, and both are provided with changing-tables. Nearby a feeding area is available too. 

Inside the Gardens, the toilets are located near Annalena's entrance (from via Romana); near the Amphitheatre; in the Porcelain Museum; and near the Garden of the "Hair Washer" Statue.