More than a garden, more than just a “green lung” in Florence, this gorgeous park in the heart of Florence takes your breath away and brings to mind the splendor of the life of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks, protagonists in the novel Inferno by Dan Brown, escape through Boboli Gardens’ pathways. In addition to playing a key role in the novel, the Boboli Gardens consist of a fantastic open-air museum situated in the heart of Florence, and are filled with fountains, statues, as well as an amphitheatre.
The Art Institute of Florence opened in 1869 as a school of carving, was converted in 1880 to a trade school for the decorative arts, and finally became an industrial and artistic institute in 1919.
Only one museum in Italy is dedicated entirely to the history of fashion, and it is no coincidence that the Costume Gallery is located in Florence. This Italian city boasts a prestigious tradition in fashion, for which it is famous around the world.
The guidebooks referred to the piece as “a colossal stone basin from Rome’s Baths of Caracalla, “but Langdon always saw it for what it truly was-the world’s largest bathtub. They really need to put that thing somewhere else.
(Dan Brown, Inferno)
Wanted by Luca Pitti to challenge the hated Medici family, Palazzo Pitti was, at the time of construction around 1440, the largest and most impressive private residence in the city of Florence.
Pitti Palace later became the official residence of the family of the Medici, Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
The Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Gardens is a fascinating place, where you feel as though you’re in a fairy tale. The Grotta di Buontalenti (also known as Grotta Grande or the Big Grotto) was built by Bernardo Buontalenti between 1583 and 1593, commissioned by Francesco I de’ Medici.