Originally a medicinal garden designed for the Medici in 1545, the Botanical Gardens of Florence, also called the Giardino dei Semplici (Garden of Simple), is one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens. Adjacent to the University of Florence, the garden still contains some 16th-century cultivars, along with younger native plants and species imported from across the globe. The six-acre grounds also feature a central fountain, greenhouses, and a vast collection of azaleas that brighten the garden during springtime. However, this isn’t a showy ornamental garden like the Boboli, but rather a true botanical garden which is still used for study.
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