There’s a lot of things to see in Florence and I had done some research before leaving on my trip. One of the sites I wanted to visit was the Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens
They are both connected as the Boboli’s are the gardens of the Palazzo. They are easy to get to as they are a straight line 2 minutes walk from the Ponte Vecchio on the south side of the Arno river.
When you buy your tickets it’s important to take the full package if you want to visit both. You actually have the choice to visit the Palazzo or Garden’s only if you like. The Garden also cover 11 acres (45 000 square meters) so make sure to allow the proper amount of times in your schedule for your visit.
I go quite often to the museums when I travel or even in my home town of Montreal. I would say that one of the major difference in those museums and what you’ll see in Florence is that the building are as impressive and old as the art that they contain. Of course there are very interesting pieces of art when you visit as Florence is know for the raise of many great painters and sculptors such as Michelangelo.
I have to be honest and say that I was more impressed by the different rooms and the details that adorned them than by most of the art pieces. But every pieces complemented the rooms they were in and made my visit enjoyable.
As I started my tour of the gardens I decided to head straight up the hill and you come out next to the fountain. I figured I would get a good view of the gardens and plan my route from there. When I got to the top I found another smaller garden that gave a nice view on the area with small valleys and mountain that are so typical to Italy.
I must have spent a good 2 hours walking in the gardens and my only mistake was to forget to bring a water bottle with me. Summer heat and the walking just got me dreaming of a water bottle and I cut my adventure short in order to satisfy that need.
There are maps posted along the gardens so you can see the different point of interest. Wear also some good shoes as there are a lot of hills and quite a bit of ground to cover on those gravel roads.
BY SEBASTIEN ROBILLARD