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The best sights of Florence

Florence is a fascinating city and there are many things to see. Here is a list of some of Florence's most popular sights.

Boboli Gardens

Around 1500, a style of garden born, called the Italian garden, based on the perfect symmetry and geometry of its forms: the Boboli Gardens in Florence is one of the most important examples of Italian gardens existing, in addition to being one of the most beautiful parks in the heart of Florence.
It houses an incredible collection of statues of great artistic value, ranging from Roman times to the twentieth century. The park runs between avenue, niches, lakes, caves, and a huge surface area ofabout 45,000 square meters.

The park is the huge green space behind the Pitti Palace: it leads actually the Palace with amazing Forte Belvedere. It is an area incredibly rich in artistic and cultural heritage. It was home of the prominent families of the Medici, Lorraine and Savoy, over the centuries.

The garden occupies part of the hill, has a triangular shape and is characterized by two perpendicular axes that intersect at the Basin of Neptune.  The structure has a definite slope, with a central location moved by terraces, green elements, paths, isolated environments: the natural design and the artificial organization are combined to create a magical environment that attracts visitors of all ages, welcoming them into a timeless dimension.

Boboli offers a series of different spaces, which change with perspectives and seasons, which are combined in different ways with different moods of those who pass through the park, offering a discovery every time different and a magic that never changes.
Ancient the amphitheater decorated with statues; unmissable the fountain by Giambologna and the Great Cave, one of the most fascinating examples of Mannerist architecture, decorated inside and outside with stalactites and composed of three successive environments.
Going down to Porta Romana, are Uccellare green area, Viottolone and Isolotto square. The most recent part is the lemon area and the Egyptian obelisk of Luxor in the center of the Amphitheatre.

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