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Buontalenti Grotto (Grotta del Buontalenti) Tours & Tickets

Buontalenti Grotto (Grotta del Buontalenti)
Commissioned during the height of the Medici family’s reign in 16th-century Florence, Buontalenti Grotto (Grotta del Buontalenti) is the largest grotto in the city. Sculptures of mythical creatures and man-made stalagmites covering its facade and interior make the grotto one of the most popular landmarks in the Boboli Gardens.

The Basics
Start your visit to the Boboli Gardens with a stop at Buontalenti Grotto. Roam the grotto’s three cavernous rooms, each painted with frescoes and adorned with sculptures that depict mythical and religious figures. The grotto is often closed, but don’t worry if you can’t get inside: Sculpted stalagmites on the grotto’s facade are equally impressive.

Walking tours of Boboli Gardens ensure you learn about the gardens’ best-kept secrets as well as more background about the curious-looking grotto. Medici Mile and Pitti Palace tours provide dramatic historical context about the family who ruled Florence from the 15th to 17th century. For a more intimate experience, take a private tour and add a Buontalenti Grotto stop onto your customized itinerary.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Call ahead to ensure that the grotto is open during your visit.
  • Bathrooms are located at the entrance.
  • There is a fee to enter the gardens.
  • To round out your day, tack a visit to Pitti Palace onto your Boboli Gardens trip.
  • Wheelchair-accessible entrances are located at Pitti Square and Porta Romana Square. The garden is accessible but it is advised to bring a companion, as the clay and gravel slopes have inclines and descents. The grotto has two small steps.

How to Get There
Buontalenti Grotto and the Boboli Gardens are located on the south bank of the Arno River. Enter the gardens through the main gates on Via Romana, across the street from Corsi Garden (Giardino Corsi Annalena). As the streets around the gardens are winding and narrow, the best way to get there is on foot.

When to Get There
The grotto is open at various points throughout the day—usually at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm—during the summer. The Boboli Gardens are in full bloom during the spring and summer, both lovely seasons to visit Florence (despite the unavoidable crowds).

Inferno
Buontalenti Grotto and the Boboli Gardens feature prominently in Dan Brown’s best-selling novel Inferno. His main characters, Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks, narrowly escape through the gardens’ pathways. No spoilers here, but one of the most thrilling scenes in the book occurs in the grotto’s chambers.
Address: The Boboli Gardens, Firenze, Italy
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Entrance Ticket to Boboli Garden

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Behind Palazzo Pitti extends the wonderful Boboli Gardens. The Medici first took care of the arrangement, creating the Italian garden model that became an example for many European courts. The vast green surface, subdivided in a regular way, constitutes a veritable open-air museum, populated by ancient and Renaissance statues, adorned with caves, first of all the famous one by Bernardo Buontalenti, and large fountains, such as that of Neptune and Ocean. The subsequent Lorena and Savoy dynasties further enriched the structure, extending the borders that border the ancient city walls up to Porta Romana.
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Boboli Garden is located behind Palazzo Pitti. With the priority entrance ticket you will not have to wait in the long line, you will enter into the garden which is an integral part of the palace. Begun in 1549 by Tribolo for the Duchess Eleonora di Toledo, wife of Cosimo I de 'Medici, the garden had the function of adorning the exclusive palace in front, allowing it to fully grasp the spirit of court life, such work became exemplary for many other European courts. This vast green expanse is an oasis in the heart of Florence, representing a veritable open-air museum, populated by ancient and Renaissance statues, adorned with caves, above all that of Bernardo Buontalenti and large fountains, such as those of Neptune and Ocean. The successive dynasties of the Lorraine and the Savoys expanded its borders, which nowadays run along the ancient city walls up to Porta Romana. Today the garden allows you to enjoy a unique experience, which is renewed with the seasons, respecting its tradition.
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Visit the famous Boboli Gardens, an oasis in the heart of Florence, on a 1-hour guided tour of the Pitti Palace’s royal gardens. Built for Cosimo I de' Medici in the 16th century, the gardens feature exquisite landscaping with a variety of plant life, fountains, and statues by master artists including Michelangelo. Your guide shares stories about the garden’s design and architects for a comprehensive overview.
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