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Landscapes and gardens of Florence


4 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people


Chinese, English, Italian

Naturalistic itinerary in the historical center of Florence


Visit Florence’s most famous gardens, but also the most secret ones, in this naturalistic itinerary where I will show you another side of the city, less touristy and away from the crowds, to admire breathtaking landscapes and enjoy nature with its colors and scents.

A totally open-air experience to discover the green spaces of Florence, hidden behind ancient buildings and, in some cases, unknown even to the locals themselves, where you can observe an incredible variety of flowers and plants and learn about the typical landscape architecture of the Renaissance.

N.B. In this tour we will visit the Boboli Gardens, the Bardini Gardens and the Rose Garden, but with advance booking you can also replace the experience at Piazzale Michelangelo and the Rose Garden with the exclusive experience at the Torrigiani Gardens. You can choose among the experiences that I propose the ones that you like the most and I will customize the tour according to your requests.



  • A naturalistic tour to discover the less touristy and more relaxing side of the city.
  • Pleasant walk in the Oltrarno district to get to know the hidden garden of Palazzo Pitti: Boboli Gardens.
  • The medieval origins of Bardini Garden.
  • A tour to learn about the varieties of flowers and plants present in Florence gardens.
  • The view from Piazzale Michelangelo and the discovery of a less known garden: the panoramic Rose Garden.
  • Visit to a private garden with statues and flowers of rare beauty: the Torrigiani Garden.


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Boboli Gardens

Boboli Gardens

Our tour will start from the Oltrarno district where the last residence of the Medici family, Palazzo Pitti, is located. This building hides behind its simple façade and courtyard, a huge Renaissance garden strongly desired by the Medici to relax, go hunting and enjoy some contact with nature. It is a perfect example of an Italian-style garden, characterized by a geometric subdivision of spaces through hedges, trees and bushes that inspired all the subsequent landscape architecture. It is also enriched by caves, fountains and statues made in different ages and full of funny details and curious anecdotes, which make the garden an evocative and fascinating place. It is truly an unmissable experience, perfect both for adults and children.
Bardini Garden

Bardini Garden

Crossing the Boboli Gardens, we will finally reach the Bardini Garden, which, despite its proximity and beauty, is much less known and visited. It has medieval and Renaissance origins, but since over the centuries, it experienced lots of changes wanted by its several owners and today shows itself as an English garden contaminated by many different artistic styles, which is probably what makes it so special. The garden’s most characteristic part is certainly the wonderful wisteria pergola that will give you the sensation of crossing a tunnel of colors and scents and from which you can enjoy a spectacular view over Florence. Noteworthy is the spectacular Baroque staircase, surrounded by roses and irises that leads to the seventeenth-century Villa Bardini, now home to the Annigoni Museum and various temporary exhibitions.
Piazzale Michelangelo and the Rose Garden

Piazzale Michelangelo and the Rose Garden

As the last stop of our guided tour, we will reach Piazzale Michelangelo in about 15 minutes taxi ride, a wonderful square with a panoramic view over the entire city, dominated by a copy of Michelangelo's David, the undisputed symbol of Florence. Not many people know that underneath Piazzale Michelangelo, there is Florence Garden of Roses with a huge collection of flowers and plants, including about 1000 varieties of roses, some of them very rare and ancient, which reaches its maximum splendor in May. It is an oasis of peace where, in addition to the scents of roses, you can feel a somewhat fairytale-like and enchanted atmosphere, and it is the perfect location to relax and enjoy nature.
Torrigiani Garden

Torrigiani Garden

In Florence, there is one of the largest private gardens of Europe, hidden within the city walls and open only by reservation and on special occasions: the Torrigiani Garden. Today, it is known for its botanical garden full of old and new greenhouses with plants and flowers from all over the world, and also for the works of art that adorn it and which can be found in the midst of the vegetation. It is a nineteenth-century romantic-style garden and still belongs to a historic Florentine family that has their home here; as a matter of fact, it’s going to be one of the owners who will guide you through the garden and tell you interesting anecdotes about it and the family that no one else could ever know.


How to reach Piazzale Michelangelo from Florence historic centre?
In this tour we will reach Piazzale Michelangelo by taxi. It is about 15 minutes' ride from Florence historic center.
If you want to reach Piazzale Michelangelo on your own during your stay in Florence, I also recommend you to go:
On foot. From Florence main squares it can be reached in about 30 minutes walking, but note that the last stretch involves a very steep and tiring climb, especially in the hottest hours. On the other hand, the descent on foot from the Piazzale towards the center is much more pleasant.
By bus. From the central station of Santa Maria Novella you can take bus 12 which will take you to Piazzale Michelangelo in less than 30 minutes. The rides are quite frequent and the ticket can be purchased at the Ataf point in SMN station, tobacco shops and on board the bus.
When do Bardini Gardens and Boboli Gardens open and how much is the entrance ticket?
The Boboli Gardens and the Bardini Gardens are open every day from 08.15 to 16.30 from November to February; from 08.15 to 17.30 in March and October; from 08.15 to 18.30 from April to September.
Closed on the 1st and last Monday of the month; January the 1st; December 25th.
They can be visited both with the same ticket.
Full ticket: € 10,00
Reduced (citizens of the European Union and Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein from 18 to 25 years old): € 2,00
Free admission for under 18s, people with disabilities, students.
When does the Garden of Roses open and how much is the entrance ticket?
The Garden of Roses is open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 to 16.30/17.00 from October to March; from 09.00 to 19.00 in April, May and September; from 09.00 to 20.00 in June, July, August.
Admission to the Rose Garden in Florence is free.
What is the best time to visit Florence and Florence gardens?
The best time to visit Florence gardens is definitely May when the plants and flowers have just blossomed.
The best times to visit the city is spring, from March to May, and beginning of fall, September and October. They correspond to the months in which the tourist season is about to begin or end so the city is not yet as chaotic and full of visitors as it turns out to be in summer time.
If you want to avoid crowds even more, the ideal period for you is winter (except from Christmas weeks in which the city comes to life again thanks to visitors from other Italian cities) despite the fact that the temperatures are much colder.
How can I book tickets for Florence museums?
If you book a tour with me, I will help you book skip-the-line tickets for all museums or churches that we will visit together.
Is this tour customizable?
All my tours are customizable according to your requests and needs. Let me know what you like or what you are looking for and I will create a tailor-made tour for you.
Is this tour private?
All my tours are private; this means that any tour you decide to book will be exclusively for you, your partner or your family and there will be no additional participants other than those chosen by you. This guarantees you total flexibility and independence.
What is the weather like in Florence?
Florence has a humid climate with very hot summers and quite rainy and cold, but not freezing, winters.
In winter, the temperature can sometimes drop a few degrees below zero, but snow in the city is a very rare event and the average temperature of the coldest month (January) is 6.5°C.
Spring which runs from April to early May is one of the best times to visit Florence. The climate is mild, the days are long and sometimes hot when it is sunny. However, some rainfall can happen.
Summer has beautiful sunny days but it is also very hot and muggy. July and August are the hottest months and temperatures often exceed 30°C .
Autumn is the wettest period but temperatures are generally mild especially during the day, while they drop significantly in the evening. Between September and October, temperatures are very pleasant and ideal for visiting Florence, with highs above 20°C, while from November the temperatures drop and rainfall becomes more frequent.