I love these gardens, they are the soul of Firenze to me. ;)
For me the avenue leading down to the Isoletto (rabbit island)and the Isoletto itself were worth visiting this garden alone. You could almost see Hitler and Mussolini driving down the avenue in 1932. The Isoletto was wonderful and a delight to see.
The garden was a stage set and a place for Cosimo Medici to show his power to the public and also a place to show his large collection of sculpture.
Like most gardens of the renaissance and in this region not for the weak of heart as the climbs are at times hard.
Without doubt the grotto is a wonderful work and quite breathtaking.
We visited Biboli on a late August afternoon (probably not the best time of year or day) and had roughly 2.5 hours to share-between the Biboli and Bardini gardens. We entered through the back entrance off of Costa San Giorgio and walked through a portion of the original garden (pre-1600), but did not visit any of gardens to the west of the Forcone Basin. Given these caveats, my comments are: 1) this is a very large garden (80 acres) that probably needs 3-4 hours to do even a quick survey, 2) the area we saw is a city park where you can go to exercise, rather than a garden with excites the senses,3) although basic maintenance is being done, it clearly has a limited operating budget, and 4) if your visit is time constrained, either focus on Bardini Garden or try visiting areas of Biboli to the west of the Forcone Basin.
For a garden of such historical note, it is a shame it is quite so indifferent in its upkeep. Maintenance is underfunded, sadly.
As a garden in itself..tremendous, made especially so by the central drives.
If you are fed up cooking yourself in Firenze, a stroll around Boboli can be cooling and a chance to sit in some shady places.
Go on to the Giardino Bardini afterwards..lovely!
The reviews and ratings originate in all cases from third parties. Gardenvisit is in no case responsible for the correctness or accuracy of the reviews. Reviews and similar information are not an expression of Gardenvisit’s opinions.