Florence 2016, The Gardens of Boboli where you really do need to be wearing walking boots, thank goodness we were. Of course its just more then a garden, its one of the greatest open air museums in Florence….The gardens are a spectacular example of “green architecture” decorated with sculptures and the prototype which inspired many European Royal gardens, in particular, Versailles. My husband had read about the sculptures and this was the reason we were now visiting this amazing green oasis, after the heaving city centre and a bonus…..the rain had stopped.
The building of the garden start in the 15th century, the original fields and gardens were laid out by the Borgolo family, in 1418 the property was bought by Luca Pitti. In 1549 the gardens were greatly enlarged and became the Medici family’s new city residence.
The gardens continued to be enrich and enlarged in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, becoming a wonderful outdoor museum setting, for both Roman and Renaissance statues.
When you reach the highest point in the garden, you can rest and look out over the amazing view of Florence and the surrounding country side. Next stop is the ‘The Museums of the Pitti Palace’.