Gardens of Tranquility in Florence, Italy
The Bardini Garden is one of Florence's best kept secrets. It began as part of the Mozzi family property in the 12th century; in the 20th century it was closed for many years and reopened in 2005 after a huge renovation. Its hillsides offer spectacular views of Florence. Small and easy to walk through in about an hour, its terraces and flowers are an excellent way to get away from the touristy historic center and instead feel part of what this old city once was. During the off-season and in the morning or late afternoon, you may be the only visitor!
The Bardini Garden can be accessed in two ways. One is by going into the Boboli Gardens and exiting on the left side--this can be hard to find but is marked on the Boboli Gardens map given with admission. The second way is on the street da Costa San Giorgio 2. The garden opens at 8:15 a.m. and closes at different times depending on the season: 4:30 p.m. in the winter, 5:30 in March, 6:30 in April, May, September and October, and 7:30 in summer. It is closed the first and last Mondays of each month. Admission is included in the Boboli Gardens ticket or can be purchased for 10 euros and includes admission to the villa. There is also a restaurant with beautiful terrace views.