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Parks and gardens

The city of Florence has many green spaces within its boundaries, although many of them are private gardens, often situated within palaces and villas. There are, however, also many public gardens in and around the city (big ones, small ones, fenced and unfenced). The information on this page concerns some of the biggest parks and gardens in the city. Information on smaller ones can be found on the website Verde on the Web  Using the interactive map on its homepage, it is possible to generate lists of the green areas according to the facilities selected i.e. find all parks with playgrounds, dog areas and sports equipment.

  • The Cascine Park

The Cascine Park is the largest public green area of the city of Florence (160 hectares). It is a flat strip of land about 3.5 km long and 640 meters wide, running along the north bank of the Arno, from the city's historical center to the confluence of the river with the Mugnone stream.
The park is freely accessible, but there are restrictions on cars and other motorized vehicles.
The park hosts a large street market every Tuesday and contains a public swimming pool, a shooting range, two racecourses and the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Florence. The park also hosts several exhibitions and sports events.
Address: Via del Fosso Macinante
Cascine Park website

  • Anconella

The Anconella park represents the second largest public green area after the Cascine park. Its 30 acres of green, extending from the ponte Da Verrazano till the Marco Polo overpass, constitute a precious, uninterrupted band of land to enjoy through sport and relax.
Amongst its many facilities, the park is connected to the Arno’s cycling network, it has football pitches, volleyball and basketball courts as well as a race track for runners and cyclers. There are also shower facilities, playground equipment, two small lakes, a skating rink, a free-climbing structure, an amphitheatre for events, dining facilities (open in the summer), pic-nic tables, a carrousel and two fountains, one of which provides high quality drinking water.
Additionally, there is a large area in the park dedicated to dogs.
Address: Via Villamagna, 41

  • Boboli

Rising behind the Pitti Palace are the beautiful Boboli Gardens. They were originally designed for the Medici and are one of the earliest examples of the Italian Garden which later inspired those of many European courts.
The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court and to enjoy the experience of a garden which continues to renew its natural cycle in keeping with the tradition of its past.
Address: Piazza Pitti,1
Boboli Gardens website

  • The Rose Garden
In the area between viale delle Rampe and via alle Croci, a Rose Garden has been created by the Municipality. In May and June, you can admire different varieties of cultivated roses. Entrances are located on via alle Croci, the garden is also accessible from strada delle Rampe.
In 1998, the garden gained a Japanese Shorai oasis, donated by Yasuo Kitayama and the Kodai-ji Zen temple in Florence's twin city Kyoto. In 2012 the garden opening times have been extended, so it is open year round from 9 am to sunset, with a collection of sculptures by the artist Folon.
The city of Florence recently decided to make this lovely garden also available for wedding ceremonies. More information can be found here
Address: Viale Giuseppe Poggi n° 2
Opening hours: 9 am to sunset

  • Bardini Garden
The Bardini Garden is situated in the Oltrarno neighborhood south of the river Arno. It covers a large area from the hilly slopes of the Piazzale Michelangelo to the Arno, between piazza dei Mozzi, via de' Bardi, Costa Scarpuccia, Costa San Giorgio and the via di Belvedere, with a total area of about 4 hectares.
For opening hours and ticket prices please visit the website.
Address: Entrance from via dei Bardi 1r and from costa San Giorgio 2
Bardini Garden website

  • Iris Garden

The Iris Garden is a green area which is accessible from the east side of Piazzale Michelangelo. It belongs to the ‘Società Italiana dell’Iris’ (Italian Iris Society), an association that promotes the flower. An annual international competition is organized for the cultivation of the iris (a flower similar to the lily). Through combinations of flowers a display is created that has the scarlet color of the iris represented in the coat of arms of Florence.
Address: Piazzale Michelangelo
Opening hours: 2nd – 20th of May, Monday to Friday from 10 am – 12:30 pm and from 3 pm – 7 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 7 pm.

  • Horticultural Garden

In the mid-19th century the art of gardening became more and more fashionable. Therefore the city of Florence, on the initiative of the Georgofili Academy, decided to appoint a commission tasked with forming a Horticultural Society in Tuscany. Hence the need for an experimental garden, which became reality in 1859, when a piece of land located outside of the San Gallo gate was granted to the Society.
After three years of work, the Society had made a dibble, a vineyard and an orchard and, in the lower part, had planted several eccentric and rare ornamental plants. Several years later, in 1880, a greenhouse was built in order to host various national expositions and prestigious exhibitions. The greenhouse is now used for events, parties and cultural activities, such as the display ‘Un tè con le farfalle’ (Tea with butterflies).
Address: Via Vittorio Emmanuele II, 4
Opening hours: During the months of January, February, March, October, November and December from 8:30 am – 6 pm
During the months of April, May and September from 8:30 am – 7 pm
During the months of June, July and August from 8:30 am – 8 pm







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