Giardino Bardini

sights / Parks & gardens

Giardino Bardini information

Location
Florence , Italy
Address
entrances at Via de’ Bardi 1r & Costa di San Giorgio 2
More information
www.bardinipeyron.it
Prices
adult/EU reduced €10/free, or with Palazzo Pitti Ticket 2 or 3
Opening hours
8.15am-7.30pm June-Aug, earlier closing times rest of year
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This garden was named after art collector Stefano Bardini (1836-1922), who bought the villa in 1913 and restored its medieval garden. Smaller and more manicured than the Boboli, it has all the features of a quintessential Tuscan garden, but not the crowds. Inside the villa, the Museo Roberto Capucci hosts a collection of Capucci-designed haute couture and temporary exhibitions.

A springtime stroll past artificial grottos, an orangery, marble statues and fountains is idyllic. Beds of azaleas, peonies and wisteria bloom in April and May, irises in June. The romantic summer cafe (open 10am to 6pm Apr-Sep), set in a stone loggia overlooking the Florentine skyline, is a wonderful spot for a panino lunch, ice cream or afternoon tea.