Helidon Xhixha: IN SCATTERED ORDER Boboli Gardens Until 09/29/17
This summer Florence will offer the international audience of its museums an important monographic exhibition dedicated to the contemporary artist Helidon Xhixha, of Albanian origin, who lives and works between Milan and Dubai. Set in the beautiful scenery of the Boboli Gardens, the exhibition, entitled “In Scattered Order” explores the concepts of chaos and order through an ambitious series of imposing sculptures and installations.
During his career, Xhixha has developed an iconic style of sculpture, through the manipulation of reflective stainless steel, a material that has become the key element of the artist, who has tuned it into a series of abstract objects that reveal imposing majesty and beauty.
For this next exhibition in the Boboli Gardens, the artist sought to deepen complex themes related to chaos and order, inspired by nature and sacred geometry. “The works that Helidon Xhixha has created for the exhibition at the Boboli Gardens relate in two ways to the Renaissance origin of this extraordinary place,” comments Eike D. Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Galleries, “on the one hand, they take their inspiration from the mathematical conception of art as we see it realized by Filippo Brunelleschi and Paolo Uccello, on the other hand, they respond to the interweaving between art and nature, which has reached peaks of profound philosophical value in the Tribune at the Uffizi and in the great grotto of Buontalenti in the Boboli Gardens.
Visit the glorious treasures of the Pitti Palace, residence of the Medici, the Lorraine, the Savoy, and even the king of Italy when Florence was the capital of the newly united Italy. The palace's gardens, the Boboli, are one of the most beloved gardens in Florence, and offer vast green spaces, landscaped to perfection, as well as stunning views of Florence.
Your ticket includes access to: the Porcelain Museum located in the sumptuous Palazzo Pitti, as well as to the attached Boboli Garden and the close-by Bardini Garden.
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8.15am – 5.30pm (March)
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8.15am – 5.30pm (in the month of October after Daylight Saving Time has ended)
8.15am – 7.30pm (June to August)
Closed on the first and last Monday of the month.
Once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation, and for no shows, we can refund cost of unused tickets minus service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).
The Porcelain Museum, a section of the Silver Museum, is located in a separate building, the "Casino del Cavaliere." Built in the 17th century at the top of the hill that overlooks the Gardens of Boboli, it was a chosen retreat for the Grand Duke.
The collections comprise mainly porcelain tableware belonging to the royal families that ruled Tuscany (Medici, Lorraine, Savoy), thus clearly reflecting their tastes.
The museum has three rooms, in which the collection is arranged according to period, nations, and manufacturers.
There are several outstanding examples of Italian porcelain objects produced in Doccia (near Florence), which were especially used by the Grand ducal family for large services of daily use, and at the Royal Manufactory of Naples. Fine table sets from Vienna and from the German Manufactory of Meissen are on display, as well as French porcelain from Vincennes and Sèvres, brought to Florence by the Savoy. The oldest pieces of the collections were produced in the German Manufactory of Meissen and belonged to Gian Gastone, the last Medici Grand Duke (1671-1737).
The Boboli Garden is the most popular city park, and one of the most important examples of Italian gardens in the world. The garden's architectural landscaping and collection of sculptures, ranging from Roman antiquities to the 20th century, make it a veritable outdoor museum. Discover the picturesque amphitheater, the “Ocean” and “Neptune” fountains, as well as the staircase leading to the Garden of the Knight, the Cave of Buontalenti, and a thousand other beauties – all with stunning views of the center of Florence.
It was Eleonora di Toledo, wife of Cosimo I de' Medici, who bought the first part of the garden in 1550 from the Pitti family. The landscaping plans were initially created by Niccolò Pericoli called Tribolo. After his death in 1555, works were directed by Davide Fortini followed by Giorgio Vasari. Ammannati also contributed to the project between 1560 and 1583, designing the courtyard that still bears his name.
The Medici, Lorraine, and Savoy families continued to alter and enlarge the garden into the 19th century, adding meadows, groves, avenues, as well as precious works of art and landscaping features.
Pertaining to the first phase of transformation of the garden, the large semi-elliptical area known as the Amphitheater, which was later to create a harmonious whole with the two wings of Ammannati's courtyard, was dug out of a huge stone quarry at the foot of the Belvedere hill. This architectural feature serves to visually unify the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens.
Francis I called upon the help of the architect Bernardo Buontalenti, who designed the Grotta Grande after 1574. The niches at the entrance to the grotto hold the statues of Bacchus and Ceres by Baccio Bandinelli (1552-1556). Michelangelo's Prisoners stood in the corners until they were replaced with cement casts in 1924. During the early 17th century, the period of the grand duchy of Cosimo I (1609-1621), the garden was extended beyond the wall built during the war against Siena.
The “ideal” axis of the garden is the cypress avenue leading to the impressive Bacino dell'Isola (Island Basin), built between 1612 and 1620. The Vasca dell'Isola (Island Pond), one of the most evocative spaces in the garden originally intended for the cultivation of citrus fruits and flowers, was created by Giulio Parigi. A Venus fountain was originally at the centre of the pond, replaced by Ferdinand II with Giambologna's Oceanus in 1636. During that same year, the statue of Plenty, begun by Giambologna and completed by Pietro Tacca was placed in its current position.
In the 18th century, the Medici dynasty disappeared and the Grand Duchy passed to the Habsburg-Lorraine family. After an initial period of abandonment, wide-scale restoration work took place involving the sculptures, architecture, waterworks and plants. New buildings were placed in the garden including the Kaffeehaus (1775) and the Limonaia (a building for raising citrus fruits constructed from 1777-1778), designed by Zanobi del Rosso, and the Palazzina della Meridiana, begun in 1776 by Niccolò Gaspero Paoletti.
During the period of the Napoleonic rule (1799-1814), the Grand Duchess Elisa Baciocchi, younger sister of Napoleon, initiated a failed attempt to transform the Boboli into an English-style garden, the Lorraine family later restored the gardens to their original formal appearance. In 1834, under Leopoldo II, the labyrinths were destroyed to make way for a wide avenue suitable for carriages. During the 19th century, the garden provided the backdrop for spectacular open-air entertainment.
The Bardini Garden
Close to the Boboli Garden, the little-known Bardini Garden spans 4 hectares of park between the left bank of Arno river, the Montecuccoli hill and the medieval walls. It was originally a system of vegetable gardens walled-in toward Palazzo Mozzi and the hill behind. In the 18th century, Giulio Mozzi, a garden lover, enriched the property with a long wall with fountains. In the middle of the 19th century, the baroque garden was enlarged by the purchase of the neighboring anglo-chinese garden of Villa Manadora, created by Luigi Le Blanc at the beginning of the 19th century.
In the second half of the 19th century, princess Carolath Benten purchased the whole property and enriched the garden with Victorian details.
In 1913, the antique dealer Stefano Bardini purchased the complex and created a road to go up to the Villa from the Arno river, destroying the walled-up gardens of medieval origins. After the death of his son Ugo in the 1965, a long process concerning hereditary matters began, which minister Paolucci ended in 1996. In 2000, the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, through the Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron, began an almost 5 year long restoration of the complex, restituting identity, composition, and plant richness to the park.
The baroque staircase is the most impressive part of the garden, with the Belvedere over the city and the six fountains with mosaic decorations. A series of Bourbon roses and iris has been planted along the staircase. An oat grass garden and the green theater are located in the lower part. Fruit trees of Tuscan tradition have been planted in the agricultural park. A belvedere leads to a wisteria tunnel from which some 60 kinds of hydrangeas can be admired. The azaleas field is located in the English garden, where you'll also see some beautiful ferns, viburnum, camellia, and a citrus tree collection.
From Villa Bardini (only minutes from the Boboli), you can wind your way downhill through the luscious gardens, with views onto the monuments of Florence. You'll exit on the Via Bardi after 7 km (4.3 miles) in nature!
>>> March 8, 2017: on the occasion of International Women's Day, state museums and places of culture offer free admission to women. <<<
Ticket is valid for the Costume Museum, the Silver Museum, the Boboli Garden, the Porcelain Museum and the Bardini Garden
- European Union citizens aged 18 to 25
- European Union teachers
- Children under 18 years old from any country
- Children under 12 (must be accompanied by an adult)
- Tourist guides and interpreters (accompanying a group), with official documentation
- ICOM members
- Students/scholars of all nationalities may apply for special research permits for a limited period.
Free access the first Sunday of every month.
Italian and European school groups accompanied by their teachers, with official authorization from the school and with an advance booking made directly with the museum.
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The Dr. Vranjes store is located in Via della Spada 9/r, at the center of Florence's quadrangular shopping area, close to the most prestigious brands of fashion and a few steps from the luxurious Via Tornabuoni.
The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.
Every client presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be given
- a complimentary scented bookmark, regardless of purchase
- a free Dr. Vranjes Shea Lip-balm for a purchase minimum of € 30.00
- a free fragrance spray 25 ml for a purchase minimum of € 100.00
Via della Spada 9r - Firenze
Via San Gallo 63r - Firenze
Borgo la Croce 44r - Firenze
Via Fiori Chiari 24 - Milano
Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.
Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.
Clients presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be offered a 10% discount on their purchase.
Gioielleria Cardini - Ponte Vecchio 34/R - Florence
Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri
Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.
The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.
A dream that continues into reality.
Hard Rock Café
FREE COLLECTIBLE GIFT!
Present your voucher and receive a complimentary Hard Rock Cafe gift.
Valid with Euro 25 purchase in the Cafe or Rock Shop. Valid till 30th of Dec. 2015. Not valid with other offers.
One per person per visit. Valid only at Florence location