On my first day in Florence I visited the Boboli Gardens. Created by the Medici family, the gardens are very grand and famously known as one of the earliest examples of their kind, comprising an open air museum of sculptures and antiquities.
While there I met a volunteer gardener from Australia who encouraged me to visit the Bardini Gardens which she described as intimate and horticulturally diverse. The gardens share a joint ticket and adjoin each other.
While much smaller in size, the Bardini Gardens offer a rare opportunity to experience seven centuries of Florence's landscape history. Contained within are three gardens with distinct features including an English woodland with an Anglo-Chinese garden, Baroque staircase and agricultural landscape including an orchard. A terrace provides sweeping views of Florence.