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The Boboli Gardens (Italian: Giardino di Boboli) is a historical park of the city of Florence that was opened to the public in 1766. Originally designed for the Medici, it represents one of the first and most important examples of the Italian garden, which later served as inspiration for many European courts. The large green area is a real open-air museum with statues of various styles and periods, ancient and Renaissance that are distributed throughout the garden. It also has large fountains and caves, among them the splendid Buontalenti grotto built by the artist, architect and sculptor Bernardo Buontalenti between 1536 and 1608.
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Cannot believe the amount of people here confusing Stoldo Lorenzi's 'Fountain of the Fork' in the Boboli Gardens with Bartolomeo Ammannati's Fountain of Neptune at Piazza della Signoria. The latter is a collossal marble Neptune based upon Cosimo I de Medici and reflects the Florentine's 16th century naval prowess. It is completely free since it is in a public space, and is always open for the same reason. There are no ducks to feed, maybe the odd pigeon though, but the fountain keeps good comany in the beautiful piazza with the likes of Bandinelli's Hercules and Cellini's Perseus with the head of Medusa (also free). The reason people commenting earlier expected something bigger is because they were looking at a completely different fountain.
Cool, seating around this area is great, closed at 730pm EXACTLY, so make sure you have enough time to walk around and make a small picnic.
I thought I was going to see the same Statue of Neptune from the pictures but it's just a dirty pond with a very rough ugly statue different from the one in the square. Overgrown with grass. Not at all impressive. I really want my money back.
Nice quiet spot to watch the ducks and rest on a bench.
Was expecting something a bit more impressive, at least bigger :)