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Giardino Bardini

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Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge

The Bardini Garden has three sections:

  • a great baroque flight of steps, fringed with irises. It ascends to a belvedere and with expansive views of Florence.
  • an English garden with its Channel of the Dragon
  • a farming area with almost-medieval hillside terraces planted with olive trees

Villa Bardini is close to the Boboli garden and can be visited on the same ticket.

Villa Bardini, da Costa San Giorgio 2, Firenze, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Open daily with hours: 8:15 to 16:30 (during the months of November, December, January, February) 8:15 to 17:30 (in March) 8:15 to 18:30 (in April, May, September, October) 8:15 to 19:30 (during June, July, August) Closed 1st and last Monday of each month, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December


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  • about 3 years by be-am 5 / 5

    Leave Boboli at NE (fortress) exit, follow signs 10min down a small lane, enter the entrance in the wall at right hand side - with the Boboli garden ticket. Fine restauration, inauguration on 2 Oct 2005. Part of it on a steep slope with spectacular views, sit on the shady Coffeehouse veranda on top and look down on Firenze! There is another entrance/exit at the bottom of the hill.
  • over 3 years by Charlotte 1 / 5

    Only one star because we did not manage to see this garden because it is NOT included on the same ticket as the Bobili Gardens, as marked in you info. We thought we would return if we had time later in the day, but sadly the day was too short - hopefully next time round. But please change this misleading information, about tickets. Apart from that I think your site is great.
  • over 4 years by NC Garden Traveler 3 / 5

    This is a stroll garden located on the side of a fairly steep hill. It is nicely laid out and includes both shady and sunny gardens. Although best visited in late spring, there is enough variety in planting areas to make for a pleasant visit during other times of the year (we visited in late August). Because of the steepness of the area, I recommend entering through the entrance on Costa San Giorgio so that you can enjoy the views of Florence from the top of the garden and avoid trying to enjoy the garden while climbing up hill.
  • over 5 years by KGW Michigan 5 / 5

    What a find. We came out of the back of the Boboli passed Fort Belevedere and happened upon it by chance. The views of Florence and the Duomo are spectacular. The Wisteria Arbor is really something to behold. Have your climbing shoe on or with you. It's on the side of a steep hill. Worth the climb though.
  • over 5 years by Robert Jubb 4 / 5

    This garden is quite hard to find. Entry is included with tickets for the adjacent Boboli Gardens. If you are approaching from the Boboli gardens head towards the Coffee House and and follow the gravel path to the east which eventually leads to a narrow cobbled lane and the garden entrance, there were no signs when we visited. This garden is much older than the Boboli garden and on a smaller scale. It started as an Orti Conclusus,an enclosed orchard garden created for the Mozzi family in the 1200s. It is situated on a steeply sloping elevated site with a series of terraces offering fine views over the City of Florece on the other side of the Arno to the north. There is a magnificent Wisteria covered pergola over the path descending from the Belvedere. We visited in April when it was at its most spectacular. Do spend some time in the Loggia and enjoy the view.
  • almost 6 years by Adam Hodge 4 / 5

    In contrast to Giardini Boboli it was in a far better state of maintenance, no doubt due to its recent renovation. The views over Florence were probably one of the most significant advantages of this garden,as well as the more up to date use of colour..flowering Hydrangeas down a long covered walk, and mixed perennials and shrubs on the lower paths descending down from the terrace and restaurant. In the spring it will probably look stunning with Camellias and evergreen Azaleas.

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