advertisement

Florence's best park is the Medici grand dukes' old backyard to the Pitti Palace, the Giardino di Boboli. Less scenic, but free and more jogger-friendly, is the Parco delle Cascine along the Arno at the west end of the historic center. Originally a wild delta of land where the Arno and Mugnone rivers met, the area later became a Medici hunting reserve and eventually a pasture for the grand duke's milk cows. Today, the Cascine is home to tennis courts, pools, a horse racetrack, and some odd late-18th- and early-19th-century features like an incongruous pyramid and funky neoclassical fountains. There's a flea market here every Tuesday morning. Although perfectly safe in the daylight, this park becomes a hangout for drug addicts after dark, as do many sections of the Arno's banks away from the center, so steer clear.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.