Monday, 27 September 2010

Giardino Bardini

The less-visited but equally beautiful Bardini Gardens are behind the Boboli.
The Bardini Gardens offer wonderful views of Florence from its 4 hectares of parkland between the left bank of the Arno, Montecuccoli Hill and the mediaeval wall.

view of Bardini Gardens taken from Lungarno General Diaz e Via de Benci

Forte di Belvedere

The garden is full of unexpected and wonderful surprises, like the Baroque flight of steps, hidden statues, fountains, grottoes, a small amphitheatre and breathtaking views. Dating from medieval times, it was originally two gardens, one belonging to the Mozzi family, whose property stretched between Costa San Giorgio, Piazza de’Mozzi and Via San Niccolò, while the other half was attached to 17th century Villa Manadora, built on Costa San Giorgio by Gherardo Silvani.