Keep on reading our suggestions about how to get to Boboli Gardens in Florence (and some tips for the visit)
In the wonderful open-air museum that is the historic center of Florence, there are some must-see stops, such as Palazzo Strozzi, the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with Brunelleschi's Dome and, of course, the Uffizi Museum. But if apart from loving art you also love to regenerate in green spaces and be surprised by the sight of trees and flowers, then you can't fail to plan a visit to the Boboli Gardens for your stay in the city, for a one-of-a-kind walk in the heart of the Renaissance.
Here we will explain how to get to the Boboli Garden effortlessly, starting from the most popular points of interest in Florence, and share with you valuable info for your visit.
How to get to Boboli Gardens and what to expect
Before explaining how to get to the Boboli Gardens, we would like to make a brief but proper introduction to this extraordinary place which was badly wanted by the Medici family.
This green oasis in the middle of Florence was designed by the famous architect Niccolò Tribolo in the 16th century to become a grand ducal garden behind the Pitti Palace, whose structure it ideally enriched and completed. Later, architectural and naturalistic elements were added, from sculptures to fountains, from portions of vegetable gardens to various pavilions, such as the Limonaia and the Kaffeehaus, one of the very few examples of the Tuscan Rococo style.
This enchanting example of monumental Italian-style garden later became an example that many other European courts have tried to imitate, and today it is a valuable blend of art and nature. Plant species here include a variety of citrus and rose species, anemones, hibiscus, jasmines, orchids and, in April and May, splendid camellias, whose dedicated corner has recently been restored to the delight of visitors. Finally, from here, it is possible to be enchanted by the most beautiful panorama in Florence.
Reaching the Boboli Garden, which is located in Piazza de' Pitti is really very easy, with a few minute ride by public transportation, but also by bicycle or walking, especially in the warm weather: here's how to do it from some of the most popular points of interest in Florence.
How to get from Santa Maria Novella station
The central train station in Florence is located near Santa Maria Novella, from which it takes its name, and it is the first important stop to consider as you arrive in the city. Bus lines C4, 11 and 131 depart from here, and in just 15 minutes they will take you to the Pitti, Calza Serragli and Porta Romana stops just a few meters from the entrance to the Boboli Gardens. If you prefer to move on foot, however, the route is about 1,5 km.
How to get from Santa Croce
The Basilica of Santa Croce, located in the square of the same name, is one of Florence's best-known buildings, a treasure of Gothic architecture where some of our country's most illustrious personalities are buried - the "urne dei forti" mentioned by Ugo Foscolo. The basilica is about 1.2 km from the Boboli Gardens and can be reached by bus C3, which takes about 5 minutes to the Borgo San Jacopo stop, 350 meters from the entrance. Alternatively, you can enjoy a walk of about 15 minutes.
How to get there from Santa Maria del Fiore
Santa Maria del Fiore stands majestically in Piazza del Duomo with Brunelleschi's imposing dome, dominating the city with its marble silhouette. Not far from the central station, the basilica is really very close to the Boboli Gardens: you'll only need a 15-minute walk or a short bus ride, which is available nearby-the C4 runs to the Pitti stop.
How to get from the Uffizi
We are getting closer and closer to our final destination! If you are at the Uffizi Gallery and after a long visit you need a open air walk, you should know that from here the Boboli Gardens can be reached in less than 10 minutes by foot: you only need to cross the Arno on Ponte Vecchio and go straight ahead.
How to get to Boboli Gardens: some information for your visit
Now that you know how to get to Boboli Garden in Florence from the main landmarks of the city, it's time to know some useful information for your visit.
The monumental park is open all year round (except for the first and last Monday of the month and December 25) from 8:15 a.m.; closing time, however, varies depending on the period:
4:30 pm in January, February, November, December,
5:30 p.m. in the months of March and October,
6:30 pm in March (with daylight saving time), April, May, September, October (with daylight saving time), 7:10 pm in June, July and August
Last access is allowed one hour before closing.
And here are a couple of tips: the first, of course, is to buy a ticket in advance to avoid waiting and skip the queue and enjoy the garden before everyone else. The second is to include a visit to the Boboli Garden in that of the Pitti Palace, right behind it, since it is an ideal extension of it: visit them together, buying an advantageous package that includes a combo option of entrances.
The entrances are three: from the Pitti Palace, as we said, from the Annalena gate in Via Romana and from the Forte di Belvedere gate.