The BOBOLI GARDENS were not famous until the land became the property of the Medici family, who called in Niccolò Pericoli, known as Tribolo, to design them; this artist created a masterpiece of “landscape architecture” between 1550 and 1558. The park, on the property of the Pitti Palace, was planned to occupy a scenographic setting on the slopes of the Boboli hill (covering 320.000 square metres) and also had access from the square. Pietro Leopoldo decided to open the garden to the public in 1776. The design of the Boboli Gardens was used as a basis for all the royal gardens in Europe, including Versailles.
Even though the day was cool, it was clear and beautiful. On the way home we stopped for dinner at one of our favorite places on the Piazza Santo Spirito and then stopped in the Carmine church to see the nave which we were unable to see last week. Hence, a couple more church pictures. This church is the one behind us and a block down the street. I also took some pictures of their trash collection. I thought it was kind of interesting so take a look at those shots. Tomorrow is our Uffizi and Vasari Corridor tour, which we are so excited about!