Located in the Oltrarno area of Florence, the magical Bardini gardens are a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy some much needed fresh air. It’s true that Florence can seem a little claustrophobic with the many tower buildings, narrow streets and a lack of anywhere green – but there are some lovely gardens to be found throughout the city, you just need to know where to find them.
You might have spotted the Giardino Bardini if you’ve glanced across the river when walking along the Arno by the Uffizi. Look for the immaculately kept terraced garden seen from quite a distance, but of course it’s best to pay a visit.
The garden belonged to the Mozzi family from the 13th century, and the 18th century saw the construction of the Baroque staircase and statues with the estate extending up the hill. The garden along with the villa (an excellent museum by the way) were acquired by the antiquarian Stefano Bardini in the early 20th century and now offers visitors magical views over Florence. It’s always much quieter than the neighbouring Boboli gardens and the little cafe at the top is a great place to catch your breath and enjoy a drink whilst looking over the city.
Open everyday (times vary throughout the year) but closed on the first and last Monday of the month.