Behind the Pitti Palace, the astonishing Boboli Garden stretches over the hill creating a real open-air museum. Commissioned by the Medici family, it became the prototype of the Italian-style garden for many European courts. Its huge green expanse is scattered with plenty of ancient and modern statues, monumental fountains and grottos like the fabulous one by the celebrated artist Bernardo Buontalenti. Its fascinating pathways allow to catch the atmosphere of court life while walking amidst natural wonders which renews itself endlessly.
There are 4 entrances to the Garden: the central door of Pitti Palace, Annalena (Via Romana 37/A), Porta Romana and Forte Belvedere. Since February 2016 the entrance from Annalena has been closed during the free openings of the first Sunday of each month.
The Porcelain Museum was arranged in the 18th-century building called “Palazzina del Cavaliere”, in a captivating position on top of the Boboli hill, and originally conceived by the Medici family as a place for amusement and pleasure, and where the Accademici del Cimento (members of the scientific “Cimento” Academy) used to meet. It gathers beautiful European porcelains purchased by Habsburg-Lorraine Grand Dukes, along with collections brought by the Savoy Kings from their residences in Parma, Piacenza and Sala Baganza. Moreover, it is noteworthy to admire the remarkable amount of porcelains produced by the renowned Doccia Manufacture, set up by Marquis Carlo Ginori in 1737 and usually known as Richard Ginori after its fusion with the Richard Manufacture from Milan at the end of the 19th century.
Download the map of the Garden here
Opening Hours of the Garden
From Monday to Sunday:
8.15am – 4.30pm in November, December, January, February
8.15am – 5.30pm in March (6.30pm when Daylight Saving Time starts)
8.15am – 6.30pm in April, May, September, October
8.15pm – 5.30pm in October (when Daylight Saving Time ends)
8.15am – 6.50pm in June, July, August
The last admission is always half an hour before the closing time.
Closed: first and last Monday of each month, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December.
The Garden can be subject to temporary closures or changes of the opening hours due to weather emergencies which could injure persons and damage things.
The ticket also includes access to the Treasury of the Grand Dukes, Costume and Fashion Museum, Porcelain Museum and Bardini Garden.
Regular price: € 7.00
Reduced price: € 3.50
Free admission on the first Sunday of each month.
The residents of the municipality of Florence are entitled to free admission to the Garden from the entrances of Annalena (via Romana 37/a) and Porta Romana, upon presentation of identity card, and they cannot go beyond the area of the Vasca dell'Isola (Island Basin), as per Ministerial Decree no. 403 dated 13/12/2007.
In case of temporary exhibitions the ticket prices are subject to increases:
Regular price: € 10.00
Reduced price: € 5.00
Tickets can be purchased also online at the following web address:
The b-ticket website is the only official channel authorized by MIBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) for selling tickets online for the Uffizi complex, Pitti Palace and Boboli Garden.
Bookings can be made by calling Firenze Musei at the following phone number: (+39) 055294883.
Reservation fee: € 3.00
Also discover the opportunities of FIRENZECARD: 72 museums for 72 hours at 72 euros. The card may be purchased at the ticket office of Pitti Palace. For further information see the website www.firenzecard.it.
One bookshop is located in the courtyard of the Palace and another one near the Amphitheatre, where multilingual guidebooks, art history books and gadgets are on sale.
The cafeteria is located under the right colonnade in the courtyard of the Palace, near the entrance to Boboli Garden. It offers both table and counter service with different prices respectively. It is therefore recommended to check prices before ordering.
An accessible toilet with a stairlift is located nearby the Amphitheatre. Another one is located at one of the entrances of the Garden, the so-called Annalena's entrance, accessible from via Romana.
Toilets and Baby Areas
Toilets for men and ladies are in the basement of the Palace's main courtyard, and both are provided with changing-tables. Nearby a feeding area is available too.
Inside the Garden, the toilets are located near Annalena's entrance (from via Romana); near the Amphitheatre; in the Porcelain Museum; and near the Garden of the "Hair Washer" Statue.