Getting tickets to Boboli Gardens is easier than you can imagine. This post highlights the various options available, allowing you to pick the one that best suits your interests and travel budget.
Situated directly behind the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens is the prototype of the Italian-style gardens. This very ‘green architecture’ inspired the Parisian heart of Versailles. An area of 45,000 square meters, the open-air museum garden is filled with grottos (built by artist, architect and sculptor Bernardo Buontalenti), fountains, pergolas, marble statues and even a small lake.
Make sure to also read my post How To Get Tickets To Pitti Palace.
From botany and architecture to the landscape and magnificent sculptures, the Boboli Gardens are indeed a wonderful place to add to your Firenze must-visit list.
By visiting you can get a glimpse of life at court, and enjoy the Viottolone, a breathtaking, steep-sloping avenue lined with cypresses and statuettes. Boboli Gardens are so unique that they are UNESCO inscribed as a World Heritage Site.
Read on for a guide to purchasing tickets to Boboli Gardens and for a lot more useful information that will help you plan your visit and have a wonderful time.
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How To Get Tickets To Boboli Gardens
There are several ways of procuring your ticket to visit the Boboli Gardens. You can opt for a ticket from the official website, third-party sites, through tours, or at the door. If buying a ticket online, be sure to shop around first and compare ticket prices as they may vary between tour and travel operators.
During peak season, purchasing your tickets in advance is highly advisable. If you do not have pre-purchased tickets, you run the risk of not being able to enter on your day of visiting.
As the Boboli Gardens are a continuation of the Pitti Palace, you may find a lot of tickets online that combine the two. It is advised that you visit both monuments as the Pitti Palace does indeed offer a lot of context to the Boboli Gardens, as it was the residence for the Grand-ducal Cosimo I de Medici in the Renaissance era.
Finally, continue reading to discover how to secure your tickets.
Get your tickets to Boboli Gardens via the official website
This is the official website to buy tickets to Boboli Gardens. Buying tickets on the official museum site is usually the way to go, as long as you are set on the date and time of your visit.
A Boboli Gardens ticket bought on the official site costs €6 for adults. A cumulative Pitti Palace and Boboli ticket costs €14. Reduced tickets cost €2 and are available to EU citizens between 18 and 25 years of age.
Free admission to the Boboli Gardens is granted to minors (children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult) and to disabled visitors and the person accompanying them. People eligible for free admission are required to obtain a free ticket upon presentation of a valid identity document.
For tickets bought online, there is an additional €3 booking fee which is applicable to all visitors – including those who are eligible for a free or reduced fee. So the prices would be as follows:
€9 for adults
€5 for reduced tickets
€3 for free visits
If you wish to have an all-inclusive ticket to have access to various museums and galleries in Florence over the course of several days, make sure to opt for the Passepartout ticket. It’s sold on the official website and gives you access to the Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens for five days at a discount price! Passepartout tickets cost €38 during peak season, and €18 in low season.
Getting tickets via the official site is fairly easy. Once you click on the ticket link, another page will open up. A small bar on the upper part of the page will open a calendar – click on that to select the date of your visit. Once you do that, the page will show you all the available time slots. Pick the one that suits you the most. Once you pay, you will get an order confirmation email and your voucher.
Print your voucher and on the day of your visit bring it to the ticket office no less than 15 minutes before your entry time. You may not be allowed to enter if you arrive later than this.
With any ticket to the Boboli Gardens, you can also access the Garden of Villa Bardini for free.
Buy your Boboli Gardens tickets on third party booking sites
Countless third party booking websites offer skip-the-line mobile tickets, with free cancellation up to 24 hours before the experience. Of course, in terms of price, most are a few euros more expensive than the official price, but that usually is due to the better flexibility and to the presence of a customer service active 24/7 and in a language of your choice.
I would recommend searching for tickets either GetYourGuide or Tiqets. Both include instant confirmation through a mobile ticket, and allow you to use an app where you can store all your tickets and tour reservations and via which you even get a reminder of upcoming activities.
Get your tickets on GetYourGuide here.
Get your tickets on Tiqets here.
Join a guided tour of the Boboli Gardens
GetYourGuide has reasonable pricing for tours of the Boboli Gardens. Lasting from 1.5 hours for the visit of just the gardens, to a few hours, some include skip-the-line entry tickets and even guided tours to the Pitti Palace and Palatine Gallery.
Perhaps the most useful and helpful aspect of GetYourGuide is the option to read people’s reviews of the tours. This way you will know what other visitors before you thought of the tour and know what to expect. Needless to say, tours bought on GetYourGuide can be cancelled 24 hours before the visit and be fully refunded.
Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Palatina Gallery Tour – an excellent tour that also goes to Boboli Gardens and the Palatine Gallery. It lasts three full hours.
Florence: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Private Tour – a great option if you’d rather have a private tour.
Boboli Garden Guided Tour – this is the best option if all you want is a tour of the gardens and want to experience the rest of the nearby attractions on your own-
Get the Firenzecard
Another way of accessing Boboli Gardens is the Firenzecard. This official museum pass gives you access to many attractions in Florence, and that includes Boboli Gardens.
The card costs €85 and is valid for 72 hours from the moment you start using it. It’s actually a great money saver if you manage to visit lots of attractions during those 72 hours. Keep in mind that in many cases you’ll need to book a time slot for your visit separately, on the official site of the attraction.
The Firenzecard can be bought via the official website or at the ticket kiosks around Florence. If you get it online, you can upload it on your smartphone or print the voucher you’ll get via email.
You can get your Firenzecard here.
Get combined tickets to Boboli Gardens and another attraction
If you don’t want to get the Firenzecard, but are keen on visiting various places in Florence other than Boboli Gardens, you can consider getting a combined ticket for Boboli Gardens and another attraction. Most of the time, a combined ticket is actually also a good way of saving some money.
Available options for combined tickets include: Boboli Gardens and Galleria dell’Accademia; Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens and Accademia Gallery Tickets; Palazzo Pitti, Boboli and Bardini Gardens; Uffizi Gallery and Boboli Gardens; Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens; Boboli Gardens and Leonardo Interactive Museum; Boboli Gardens and Bargello Museum; Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Vecchio; Boboli Gardens and Galileo Museum.
To get your Boboli Gardens and Accademia Gallery tickets, click here.
To get your Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Vecchio tickets, click here.
To get your Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli and Accademia Gallery Tickets click here.
To get your Uffizi Gallery and Boboli Gardens tickets, click here.
To get your tickets to the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens, click here.
To get your Pitti Palace, Boboli and Bardini Gardens tickets, click here.
To get your Palazzo Pitti, Palatine Gallery and Boboli Gardens tickets click here.
To get your tickets to Boboli Gardens and Leonardo Interactive Museum, click here.
To get your Boboli Gardens and Bargello Museum tickets click here.
To get your Boboli Gardens and Galileo Museum tickets, click here.
Get your tickets at the site
Finally, you can also buy your tickets on-site in Pitti square. The main issue if you want to get tickets in person is that you may find that there aren’t any available tickets for the next time slots, meaning your wait time to enter may get long, depending on what is available.
I still prefer getting tickets online to avoid any lines, but this is still an option if you are flexible and if you don’t want to pay the online booking fee.
Tickets can be bought at one of these locations:
The ticket office at the Uffizi (this is only a pre-sale service);
The ticket office at Pitti Palace;
The ticket office at the National Archaeological Museum of Florence in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata 9b;
The ticket office at the Orsanmichele Museum in Via de’ Calzaiuoli;
The various ticket offices in all the State museums in Florence, such as the National Museum of Bargello located in Via del Proconsolo 4.
Other Useful Information
Official price of tickets to Boboli Gardens
Tickets to Boboli Gardens are €6 per adult. A combined ticket to Pitti Palace and Boboli Garden is €14. Disabled visitors and visitors under the age of 18 can enter for free. EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 must pay €2. Should you buy your Boboli Gardens tickets online, you will be asked to pay an additional €3 online booking fee – this is applicable even to disabled visitors and minors.
Modifications to the reservation and refunds
Should you buy your tickets to Boboli Gardens via the official website, these can’t be modified or cancelled once you have paid – in other words, you won’t be given a refund if you can’t go or wish to change the date of your visit. For more flexibility, you may want to get your tickets on a third party booking site. Most allow modifications or cancellations up to 24 hours before the scheduled visit.
Free admission is available to anyone who is under 18 years old upon showing proof of ID(children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult), and to disabled visitors and a person accompanying them. The €3 online booking fee applies also to free visits.
Boboli Gardens opening hours
Opening every day at 8:15 am, the Boboli Gardens’ closing time differs depending on the season. In January, February, November and December, it closes at 4:30 pm. During the transition months of March and October, the gardens close at 5:30 pm. In March, April, May September and October (with daylight savings hours), it closes at 6:30 pm, and in summer (June, July and August) it closes at 7:10 pm.
The last admission to the Boboli Gardens is always one hour before closing.
In any case, make sure to check the timings on the official website for the day you wish to visit since they are subject to change. On the first and last Monday of the month, the Boboli Gardens are closed. Note that it is also closed on December 25.
If avoiding crowds while you are at the Boboli Gardens is important to you, then you’ll want to time your visit in the morning and on a weekday. Visitor numbers grow as the day goes on, so getting there first thing in the morning is the best approach. Weekends are quite busy.
Toilets and other facilities at Boboli Gardens
Inside the Boboli Gardens you will find drinking water fountains near the Garden of Madama, of the Knight, the Grotto of Adam and Eve, and the Meadow of Columns. However, the gardens are immense and you should definitely bring a water bottle for your visit.
Toilets are available at the Annalena entrance (Via Romana); near the Amphitheater; in the Porcelain Museum (which is however closed for renovations); near the Garden of the “Hair Washer” Statue. Accessible toilets are located inside the internal courtyard of Palazzo Pitti and on the left side of the Amphitheater – you can access the latter one through a stairlift which is operated by a member of staff.
There are two accessible entrances to Boboli Gardens. Once is located in Pitti Square, on the left side of the courtyard; the other is in Porta Romana Square. However, you should notice that it is recommended that disabled visitors are accompanied by someone. That’s because the clay and gravel soil, which is often sloping, make it difficult to climb and descend.
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