I got up early again this morning and headed off to the Boboli Gardens before it got too hot. I don’t think I have slept late once since I have been in Italy!
The gardens are largely formal and were commissioned by the Medici a year after the purchased the Palazzo Pitti in 1550.
It is very hilly throughout the gardens and they are quite extensive so I got a lot of exercise (as if I haven’t been already!).
Everything about the gardens is large and glorious (typical Medici) but then I came across this tiny little modern fountain that was only about the size of my hand. I wish it had been running! In it are these two little heads coming toward each other, perhaps for a kiss? Perhaps he his helping her keep her head afloat? Who knows. Very cute, though!
The last thing were the grottos which were a bit strange. The Grand Grotto (La Grotta Grande) has casts of Michaelangelo’s Quattro Prigioni (prisoners) built into the walls. The prisoners are struggling to free themselves from the stone.