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Boboli Gardens

Boboli Gardens, Florence. Courtesy of Opera Festival

Hours: Daily 8.15am-dusk (closed 1st & last Mon of month)
Cost: €6; concessions €3; EU under-18s & over-65s free
The romantic Boboli Gardens adjoin the Pitti Palace in the Oltrarno district, offering a tranquil escape from the city centre bustle. Designed for the Medici rulers, they're filled with statues, grottoes and fountains. Shelter from the sun under shady trees.
The Medici bought Palazzo Pitti in 1549 and the gardens are an excellent example of stylised Renaissance gardening. First opened to the public in 1766, today visitors can see the oval garden with the famous Isoletto, an island of lemon trees and sculptures that includes the statue of Oceanus.

Other features include Buontalenti's great grotto containing Giambologna's Venus, Michelangelo's four Slaves and the 17th-century amphitheatre, which still hosts music and theatrical performances.
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