The Boboli Gardens are the most famous in Florence, but we have another great garden with incredible sights on the city monuments, a hidden attraction not many know: the Giardino Bardini. The Giardino Bardini is named after his last private owner, Stefano Bardini (1836-1922), an Italian art merchant and collector. After studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Bardini started to enter in the flourishing (at that time) art market, and soon became the main actor of the market. During his life, Bardini made a fortune and also put together a wonderful collection, donated to the city of Florence after his death together with the palace where it was hosted: the Bardini Museum. Among the customers who bought works of art from Stefano Bardini, we have the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Berlin, the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Bardini also had a villa with a garden, which was inherited by his son and then, again, by the city of Florence. The garden, Giardino Bardini, has been restored in recent years thanks to the local bank.
Giardino Bardini is on the hill facing the river Arno from South, and not only it is a wonderful garden, but also allows you to enjoy some incredible views of Florence, the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio and Santa Croce (see the photo gallery below). The flowers in the garden have been efficiently mixed to always have a section of the garden blooming during Spring. The architecture of Giardino Bardini is also mixed, resembling an “Italian garden” with baroque elements on one side, and an “English garden” on the other side.
Giardino Bardini Map
Giardino Bardini can be found at this location:
Giardino Bardini tour
Any month in Spring is great for a tour of Giardino Bardini; you don’t need to reserve your entrance, just pick up a beautiful day, go to the entrance in Via de’ Bardi 1 red and buy your tickets. The ticket also gives access to the Boboli Gardens. Go uphill on Giardino Bardini, exit, cross the street, and enter on top of the Boboli Gardens, then go downhill to Porta Romana. It’s quite a long walk and there’s a lot of stuff to see in this tour. If you prefer to be guided during your journey, contact us and we will arrange the tour.