In a sorry state and closed to the public until a five year massive overhaul was completed in 2010, the hillside gardens of the Villa Bardini are especially beautiful in spring for the magic of the wisteria tunnel and irises that line the Baroque stair, leading up to a belvedere with a spectacular view over Florence. There's also an English garden crossed the winding 'Channel of the Dragon' and terraces planted with olives.
Via dei Bardi 1R (keep an eye out, many people miss it). From the train station, take bus D
Hours Nov-Feb 8.15am-4.30pm; Mar & Oct 8.15am-5.30pm; Apr, May, Sept & Oct 8.15am-6.30pm; June-Aug 8.15am-6.50pm. Closed first and last Mon of each month, year round. Free the first Sunday of the month.
Adm Same as the Boboli Gardens.
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Images by: Samulili, Creative Commons License