About the Museum
The Boboli Gardens is a park in Florence, Italy, that is home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries, with some Roman antiquities. The Boboli Gardens were laid out for Eleonora di Toledo, the wife of Cosimo I de' Medici. The name is originated from the name "Bogoli", a family from whom land had been bought to construct the garden. The first stage had scarcely begun by Niccolò Tribolo before he died in 1550, but was continued by Bartolomeo Ammanati, with contributions in planning from Giorgio Vasari, who laid out the grottos, and Bernardo Buontalenti, who designed the sculptures. The elaborate architecture of the grotto in the courtyard that separates the palace from its garden is by Buontalenti.