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Hemmed in to the north by the city’s medieval wall, the handsome Bardini Garden is less famous—and so less hectic—than its neighbor down the hill, the Boboli Garden. From its loftier perch over the Oltrarno, it beats the Boboli hands down for views and new angles on the city. Check out the side view of Santa Croce, with the copper dome of the Synagogue in the background; see how the church’s 19th-century facade was bolted on to a building dating to the 1200s.