Bardini Garden is an important part of cultural life of Florence
The beauty of Florence’s monuments is well known throughout the world. A stroll through Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio is amazing; like walking through an open-air museum.
Possibly the best time to take advantage of the beauty and weather is to enjoy springtime in Florence. Treat yourself to a weekend of spring visiting the spectacular flower gardens of the city to see the first blooms. Among these, one of the most admired both by tourists and by the Florentines themselves, is undoubtedly the Bardini Garden.
From the city center, the Garden can be reached by crossing the Ponte Vecchio and then access from Via dei Bardi or climbing Costa San Giorgio, at the foot of Fort Belvedere. From here you can discover unexpected glimpses of Santa Croce, the Synagogue and the National Library, which appear in a closer distance than from Piazzale Michelangelo.
The landscape, however, is only an added value to this oasis of peace, and yet away from the chaos of the adjacent city which extends almost 10 acres of parkland.
After years of decline, in 1996 a careful renovation has restored the garden to its former glory and was recently ranked among the 150 most beautiful gardens in Europe by the European Garden Heritage Network.
The Bardini Garden owes its beauty to the union between the different botanical heritage developed since the fourteenth century: the Italian garden, the English garden and the Anglo-Chinese garden.
The most spectacular element of the park is undoubtedly the baroque staircase, that allows visitors to climb up to the Fort Belvedere.
Today, thanks to major exhibitions and events held throughout the year, the garden has found its rightful place in the cultural life of Florence.
Of course due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and closures, it is recommended you check ahead of time what is open to the public.
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