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“Nicer than Boboli”

Giardino Torrigiani
Reviewed November 4, 2017

After our visit to Boboli Gardens we decided to try Torrigiani gardens as they are almost next door . Well worth it and nicer than Bobolini if you have to chose between them

5  Thank Alan W
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Reviewed April 24, 2017

Private tour of the family's estate gardens. The gardens are beautiful with mature plantings, sculptures, follies, walls, a tower, nursery and much more. Our charming guide, Vieri Torrigiani Malaspsina, grew up on the private estate and shared the history of the property and the development of the gardens. You are transformed to an earlier time and his stories bring to life the comings and goings of a former era. After our tour we chatted over tea in his historic home. A very enjoyable and memorable afternoon. Arrangements for the tour must be made in advance.

2  Thank Arlene A
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Reviewed April 14, 2017

This private garden is a very special place, within the city walls of Florence. It is massive and lovely. I loved it!

1  Thank Lauretta D
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

My husband and I visited Giardino Torrigiani in May 2014 as part of a Tauck tour. This garden was a memorable highlilght of our trip. My favorite aspect of the garden tour was the entertaining presentation by the Marquis Vanni Torrigiani. He is funny, extroverted, informative, casual and not at all pretentious. He might be in his 30's or 40's. He took us on a stroll around the various sections of the garden: lawns with scuptures, formal flower beds, hilly forest bordered by the old Roman wall and an old stone tower, the historic buildings that have been in his family for centuries, etc. As we walked, the Marquis told us about all the creative ways the Torrigiani family has preserved the large family estate intact, despite Italy's high property taxes. They offer garden tours and classes for the community. They raise herbs for restaurants. They offer a lovely site for weddings and big parties for the glitterati. Different branches of the family live in the large historic manor houses on the property. Vanni gave up his law practice to help his father run the Torrigiani gardens. He does not shy away from work: mowing the huge lawns, maintaining the rose garden, guiding group tours of the property, etc. He clearly enjoys what he does. Touring the Giardino Torrigiani gave me a sense of what it was like for the old wealthy Florentine families who had big estates on the outskirts of the urban center. While we were there, a caterer gave us a cooking lesson. We rolled out pasta dough and made ravioli; then we made a dessert. We ate a tasty lunch (the same menu, but prepared by the caterer). We spent a lovely several hours at this garden.

7  Thank LynnCactusWren
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

The tour of the garden was as lovely as the garden itself. One of the owners takes you through the garden explaining areas, plants, flowers, trees and their history. How his family has lived in these beautiful grounds for generations and how the most special people, such as Michelangelo, have had a hand in making the garden. There is so much history to savour in Giardino Torrigiani as there are trees, plants and flowers. A real gem in the heart of Florence and a real holiday treat.

5  Thank Laura C
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