Crossing Ponte Vecchio, towards Arno’s south side, the road will lead you to yet another impressive renaissance building, Palazzo Pitti. Even though its exterior does not come close in beauty to palaces such as the ones of Versailles or Hofburg, its interior adornment hides plenty of surprises. Every floor hosts a different “museum”, with paintings, garments, sculptures and porcelains, placed almost on top of one another. After you finish the long visit at the palace, take a walk around its lush green yard, namely the renowned Boboli gardens. In Florence’s largest oxygen source, apart from moments of relaxation, you can roam among arcades, fountains, statues and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the city. The Boboli gardens are connected to the Belvedere fortress, while they are also the starting point of the famous secret passageway Vasari Corridor.
Suggested visit time: 2-3 hours
Open: Palace: Tuesday-Sunday 08:15-18:50 / Gardens: Every day 08:15-16:30 (winter season), 08:15-19:30 (summer season) – Last entry 1 hour before closing. Closed: Palace: Monday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th / Gardens: The first and last Monday of every month, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
Cost: Palace: 8.50€, reduced 4.25€ / Gardens: 7.00€, reduced 3.50€ / Free with the Firenze Card.
The know it all says: Every year, around 1,000,000 tourists visit the gardens!