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The Medici were the first to impress a certain order on the Boboli Garden, which runs up the hill behind the Pitti Palace, creating the prototype of the “Italian garden”. The huge expanse of greenery is an open-air museum in its own right, peopled with classical and Renaissance statues and adorned with large fountains, natural architecture and artificial caves designed as stage sets, for instance Bernardo Buontalenti’s enchanting Grotto. A spellbinding tour of all this fabled beauty plunges you into the spirit of life at court while soaking up the wonder of a garden ceaselessly renewed without every betraying its tradition.