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One of the most beautiful parks in Italy, the Boboli Gardens, is on the side of tall hill behind the Palazzo Pitti. It is one of the mandatory places to visit in Florence.

As is known, in 15 century the Old Town of Florence, all palaces and cathedrals, was located on the right bank of the Arno and only Luca Pitti bought a parcel of land for his palace, the Palazzo Pitti, at the foot of the Boboli hill on the left bank of the river, several hundreds of meters from the Ponte Vecchio. In 1449 the palace was bought by the Medici, and Eleanor of Toledo, before to move to the palace the official residence of the dukes of Tuscany, commissioned an expansive garden, which was called after the name of the hill - the Boboli Gardens.

The entrance to the Boboli Gardens is in the center of the Palazzo Pitti (you should buy a ticket at the ticket office of the palace). The Boboli Gardens was designed by the well-known architects of Florence such as Niccolò dei Pericoli, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Giorgio Vasari.

Behind the palace a steep alley is started leading from the inner court of the palace up to the Fountain of Neptune located on the third terrace of the hill. Near the palace you can see an Egyptian obelisk brought from Luxor. It is similar to the obelisk placed on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, but of smaller size. The obelisk itself dates back to the time of Ramses II (13 century B.C.).

Fountain of Neptune was made by the sculptor Stoldo Lorenzi in 1565. Here the main alley fans to all parts of the park. The Boboli Gardens reach the area of 4.5 hectares. If you turn right, you will get to the observation point. From there the Cypress Alley goes down to the pond with the Fountain Island in its center. However, if you have little time, you`d better not go as far as that and turn to the Porcelain Museum. It is located on the stone terrace at the edge of the hill. The museum is included in the price of the tour of the Boboli Garden.

After the Porcelain Museum you should go towards the Tea House along the strong stone wall of a medieval fortress built for defense of Florence. But unfortunately, you can’t ascend the balcony of the Tea House, although from it you could have a magnificent view on all historic center of Florence. However, from the small square in front of the Tea House you may have at least as good views on the Palazzo Vecchio and Santa Maria della Fiore Cathedral.

Returning to the Palazzo Pitti from the Tea House, you should stop at the Grotto of Buontalenti, named after its creator. There you can see the statues of antique gods under the stalactites.

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Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens as viewed from the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio.
Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and the rooftops of Florence as viewed from the Boboli Gardens. 
Palazzo Pitti is located at the foot of the high hill with the terraces of the Boboli Gardens.
One of the terraces of the Boboli Gardens where the pond with Neptune Fountain is located. 
Dwarf on Turtle fountain near the Grotto of Buontalenti in Boboli garden. It is Pietro Barbi, a court jester of Cosimo I Medici.
View on Florence from the square in front of the tea-house at the Boboli Gardens.
Florence as viewed from one of the alleys of the Boboli Gardens.
Small regular garden in front of the Porcelain Museum at the Boboli Gardens.
Tea-house located on the hill in the middle of the Boboli Gardens. It is from there you can have the most beautiful views of Florence.
Costume Gallery located near the Palazzo Pitti as viewed from one of the hills of the Boboli Gardens.
Buontalenti Grotto of the Boboli Gardens beside the right wing of the Palazzo Pitti.
Statues in front of Buontalenti Grotto near the Palazzo Pitti.
The Fountain of Neptune on one of the terraces of the Boboli Gardens in front of the Palazzo Pitti.
Alleys in the shade of the trees at the Boboli Gardens.
After long and tiring tours of Florence tourists like to rest in the shade of the trees at the Boboli Gardens.
Cypress alley going down the hill to the Island of Fountains at the Boboli Gardens.
Giant thuyas planted in the Boboli Gardens several hundred years ago.
Pond with the Fountain of Neptune on one of the terraces of the Boboli Gardens.
Gate before the entrance to the Porcelain Museum at the Boboli Gardens.
View on the suburbs of Florence from the square in front of the Porcelain Museum at the Boboli Gardens.
Map of the Boboli Gardens.
Picturesque fences along the alleys of the Boboli Gardens.
Beautiful views from the hills of the Boboli Gardens.
The walls of the strong bastions of the Belvedere Fortress located on the hill over the Boboli Gardens.
Tea-house at the Boboli Gardens.
View on the rooftops of Florence from the Boboli Gardens.
Florence as viewed from the court of the Palazzo Pitti.
Amphitheatre for ceremonial performances near the Palazzo Pitti at the Boboli Gardens. 
View on the central quarters of Florence and the greenery of the Boboli Gardens.