The Boboli Gardens are Florence’s most famous 16th century formal garden, stretching over the crest of a hill behind the Palazzo di Pitti. They were begun by the Medicis and show the work of many architects and designers, including Bartolomeo Ammanati, Giorgio Vasari and Bernardo Buontalenti. Most of the sculptures (copies, actually) date between the 16th and 18th century, with a few old Roman ruins. The photo above was taken along the main axis of the garden, overlooking the Neptune Pond towards the back of the Palazzo di Pitti.
The photo below was taken looking in the opposite direction, towards the Egyptian obelisk, brought from the Villa Medici in Rome. We spent two afternoons walking around the gardens, which is why the lighting conditions are so different in these photos.
Neptune Fountain, also called, irreverently, the Fountain of the Fork.
Catfish in the Neptune fountain. They aren’t very photogenic but this one was an exception.
View from the Boboli Gardens towards the north side of the Arno. The red dome is the Medici Chapel by San Lorenzo.
When you climb all the way to the top of the south axis of the garden, you turn 90 degrees towards the longest section, the west axis. Yes, it IS as long as it looks. You need good shoes and strong legs if you want to see every part of this park. The Cypress Lane, below, terminates Isolotto’s Pond and the Island Park.
The last photos are of Isolotto’s Pond and the Island Park.
Stork on balustrade of the Island Park.