Boboli Gardens

These gardens, one of the best examples of the Italian style, are situated behind the Palazzo Pitti and were made for just one family, the all-powerful Medicis. They used the gardens as their own private playground, staging elaborate shows and theatrical displays. Now, though, the Gardens are a public park and provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Florence. Andrew Graham-Dixon takes you on a walk through its vibrant history, the intricate details of its statues, its innovative design elements, and its well-planned layout.