In Florence, the Boboli Gardens represent one of the best existing examples of an Italian-style garden from the 16th century, a model used by many European courts. Here, the visitor can stroll through a series of terraces, boulevards and paths, leading up to the hill where they are met with a rare collection of sculptures dating from the Roman period to the 17th century. The destination for many cyclists, walkers and tourists in search of greenery and fresh air, the Cascine Park runs along the right side of the Arno.
Also in Florence, the Stibbert Museum’s park hosts monuments, fountains, sculptures and a series of boulevards that rise and fall in between tall trees and along didactic paths for school trips. Ideal for strolls are botanical gardens such as the Iris Garden, which in May transforms into a celebration of lilies, the symbol of Florence, and the Garden of ‘Simples’, the third most ancient garden in Europe, conceived in 1545 on the orders of Cosimo de’ Medici.
Among the best panoramic positions in Florence, we point out Villa Medicea di Castello, with its beautiful garden of overlapping terraces, and one of the most celebrated Medici villas: Villa la Petraia.
In a continuous series of open spaces, architecture, woods and farmed land, we can’t not mention Villa Gamberaia, near Florence, and Villa Torre a Cona, near Rignano sull’Arno. In Pratolino-Vaglia, Villa Demidoff hosts the works of great artists, the most spectacular of which is the Appennine Colossus, a mythical figure positioned to protect the park.