Bardini Garden

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If peace, quiet, serenity and nature are your thing, then the Bardini Garden is a must see. Covering four hectares overlooking the Arno River, and with some of the best views of the old city of Florence, the Bardini Garden is a haven.

With a checkered history going back many hundreds of years, the garden was in medieval times a series of walled orchards serving the Mozzi Palace – the building that now serves as the entrance to the garden. After a number of changes and enlargements under successive owners the complex came under the ownership of Stefano Bardini, who consolidated the buildings and gardens, though effectively destroying the medieval walled gardens in the process. The death of Stefano’s son, Ugo, led to a series of disputes over the inheritance that weren’t settled until 1996. After five years of rebuilding works, the gardens were finally opened to the public.Bardini 03

Incorporating a variety of styles – including agricultural, english-style and baroque – the gardens are a quiet and pleasant escape from the city, while at the same time offering some of the best views across the Arno River to the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore and then into the Tuscan hills well beyond. There is also a delightful little open air villa overlooking Florence, which offers light refreshments most days. It’s one of the best ways to experience Florence – a cool drink and a unique and tireless view of the entire city and region.

You can visit the gardens on their own, or purchase a ticket to visit the Pitti Palace, where one of the ticket options includes both the Boboli and Bardini gardens.

(Teddy has more pictures of Bardini Garden on the desktop backgrounds page, and the iPhone background page.)

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One of the best views of Florence, from the villa at the Bardini Garden

 

 

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