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Piazza Pitti 1, Florence, 50125, Italy

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Popular with locals, Family-friendly, Off the beaten path

The magnificent Boboli Gardens, once the playground of the Medici family, are laid out over the hill behind the Pitti Palace, a green oasis amid Florence's stern stone palazzi and narrow streets. It's worth paying the entrance fee to explore its fabulous fountains, statuary, amphitheater, formal gardens, and grottoes, but also just to wander the shady, off-radar walkways at the southern end of the garden. This is where the locals come to play with their kids or just relax in the sun with a newspaper. If you want to escape the crowds in the formal part of the garden, use the Annalena entrance off Via Romana.

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Boboli Gardens

The magnificent Boboli Gardens, once the playground of the Medici family, are laid out over the hill behind the Pitti Palace, a green oasis amid Florence's stern stone palazzi and narrow streets. It's worth paying the entrance fee to explore its fabulous fountains, statuary, amphitheater, formal gardens, and grottoes, but also just to wander the shady, off-radar walkways at the southern end of the garden. This is where the locals come to play with their kids or just relax in the sun with a newspaper. If you want to escape the crowds in the formal part of the garden, use the Annalena entrance off Via Romana.