Behind Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens were laid out in the mid-16th century to a design by architect Niccolò Pericoli. At the upper, southern limit, beyond the box-hedged rose garden and Museo delle Porcellane, beautiful views over the Florentine countryside unfold. Within the lower reaches of the gardens, don't miss the fantastical shell- and gem-encrusted Grotta del Buontalenti, a decorative grotto built by Bernardo Buontalenti between 1583 and 1593 for Francesco I de' Medici.

In Spring 2017, much to the joy of many a local Florentine who can be found promenading in Boboli on a Sunday afternoon, Florence's homegrown fashion house Gucci pledged €2 million to restore the gardens and their treasure trove of statues and fountains to their former pristine glory.