Florence’s Boboli Gardens are the most famous Italian gardens in the world! They are perched on top of a hill overlooking the city below and are home to a collection of sculptures and fountains and buildings dating from the 16th-18th centuries. Boboli Gardens features small vineyards, lovely flowers, tall hedges, and a maze of pathways just waiting to be explored.
While there were larger and more well-known buildings we could have photographed at Boboli Gardens, we decided to focus on the hidden gems that many visitors may miss. Instead of shooting in the popular [and very crowded] Amphitheatre area, we chose to highlight a hidden cottage on the grounds instead. The building was covered in ivy and the architecture of the door was lovely, making it the perfect setting for a shoot.
Boboli Gardens is overflowing with secret passageways and natural hallways just waiting to be explored. After we spent some time visiting the “must see” tourist spots, we decided to get lost in the quieter areas of the gardens. The trees in Boboli Gardens were sculpted in such a way that they provided us with stunning natural corridors. The foliage let in just enough filtered sunlight to help add a golden glow to our photos!
We spent so much time exploring Boboli Gardens that we hardly noticed that the sun had begun to set. Before we knew it, the staff members were calling out that the gardens were closing and that we had to leave. We decided to change and put all of our gear away at the entrance of the garden so we wouldn’t take up any more of the employee’s valuable time. On our way out, we saw a natural archway that was perfectly framing a small patch of the setting sun and we couldn’t resist taking a few more photos!
When looking to take photos at Florence’s Boboli Gardens, try to get off the beaten path and shoot hidden and subtle features as well as the opulent and grand sculptures and fountains!