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When I visited Florence a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a real treasure of this grand city.. Hiding right behind Pitti Palace there were amazing Boboli Gardens. The Medici family established the blueprint of these gardens centuries ago. They thought about creating the Italian garden style, which in the future became a perfect example for many European courts and gardens. The enormous green area is mixing up with a regular layout. It is truly a museum under the open sky.
The garden is filled with gorgeous ancient and Renaissance statues and fountains. There are also decorative grottos, the most important of which is the famous Grotto created by Bernardo Buontalenti. Large fountains, for example the Fountain of Neptune and the Fountain of the Ocean are grand not only in their massive beauty, but strike the viewer with gentle lines and silhouettes shaped by great old masters. Later, the following Habsburg-Lorraine and Savoy dynasties developed and added to the gardens, outspreading the boundaries of the area up to Porta Romana.
I loved the strikingly beautiful terraced area of 18th-century pavilion, which called the Kaffeehaus. It is a rare example of Rococo architecture in Tuscany. The Lemon House built by Zanobi del Rosso between 1777 and 1778 has 500 citrus plants from the Garden. And of course, the main building of Boboli Gardens is Pitti Palace in the foot of the hill spreading its beauty and hugging the gardens from the Northern side. It is definitely worth visiting both, the gardens and the Palace in one day to appreciate the beauty of manmade structures with Nature provided but trimmed to taste of the last centuries, park.
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