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Step Into The Otherworldly Buontalenti Grotto
The Boboli Gardens in Florence is a park behind the Pitti Palace which was once the seat of the Medici family. Some of the first formal Italian gardens, Boboli is made up of fountains, statuary from ancient Rome to the 18th century, semi-private and public spaces, nympheums, temples, planting and grottoes.
The largest of these grottoes is by the artist, Buontalenti. Built between 1583 and 1593 for Francesco I de’ Medici, it was conceived to complete gardens plans that had been devised by Vasari. Composed of three rooms organised in succession, the grotto is a masterpiece of Florentine Mannerist style. Bizarre, extravagant and somewhat surreal, it is one of the highlights of the garden and a highly memorable place quite unlike anywhere else in the world. Learn more: http://www.tuscany-villas.it/to-tuscany/2015/must-see-attractions/buontalenti-grotto-boboli-gardens
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