What Is It? When you first come into Florence, it initially may seem like everything is made out of stone, as there are few trees and very little green to be had in the city center, which is surrounded by endless stone buildings.
Why Do It? But if you look closer, you will find some wonderful spots for spending time outdoors. In between all of the visits to museums, cathedrals and indoor sights, take a break outside in some of the city’s loveliest gardens. There are lots of tiny gardens in the center, hidden away in courtyards, along with larger gardens that are ideal for soaking up the sunshine, like the Rose Garden, a garden park in the Oltrano district on the southern slopes of Monte alle Croci overlooking the river Arno, and Florence’s central historic district. The 2.5-acre garden was inspired by French gardens and has a natural, rustic feeling along with over 350 types of roses as well as the Japanese Shorai Oasis, which was gifted to Florence from Kyoto, its twin city.
Good to Know: Bardini Gardens includes highlights like the tunnel of wisteria, the Baroque stairs, six fountains with mosaic treatments and Villa Bardini, while Boboli Garden, located just above, is Florence’s most famous garden. Highlights among its 11 acres include the Porcelain Museum, Neptune’s Fountain, the Viottolone cypress alley, Buontalenti’s Grotto, Cypress Lane, Isolotto’s basin and an amphitheater.