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The hill of Boboli is the only high ground encompassed (or partly encompassed, at least) within the late 13th century city walls, with the Gate of San Giorgio set in them at their highest point. The hills across the Arno were always considered one of the weak spots in the city's defences, a sensation that only increased with the invention of artillery in the early modern era.

The Fortezza di San Giovanni Battista (later known as the Fortezza da Basso) commissioned by Giulio de' Medici – Pope Clement VII - from Antonio da Sangallo the Younger between 1534 and 1537, was certainly intended to play a defensive role in the level area around the city, but its chief purpose was to safeguard the ducal family and court from turmoil inside the city. They could reach the fort from the nearby Palazzo Medici in Via Larga extremely rapidly.
Alessandro's successor, Cosimo I, was to have the hill of San Miniato fortified and its defensive walls erected towards the middle of the 16th century, creating a bastioned curtain wall inside the 14th century walls stretching from San Frediano to Boboli.
The grand ducal court's final move from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti under Ferdinando I must have influenced the decision to build the new fort right up against the walls surrounding the Boboli Gardens adjacent to Palazzo Pitti. This would allow the prince and the court to rapidly and safely reach a fortified place of shelter overlooking the city in the event of a threat coming from inside the city itself.

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accessible to disabled visitors
 

Address

via San Leonardo, 1

Opening times

Open only in conjunction with temporary exhibitions

Next Exhibition:
Ytalia. Energy, Thought, Beauty
Florence, June 2nd – October 1st 2017
from Tuesday to Sunday h. 10.30 am - 7.30 pm (last entry h. 6.30 pm)

Tickets

Full price             euro 3,00

Concession       euro 2,00
- residents in the Metropolitan City of Florence
- available for those who have purchased a ticket of the following museums: (Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria degli Uffizi,
  Giardino di Boboli, Basilica di Santa Croce, Museo Marino Marini, Museo Novecento, Galleria Palatina e Galleria d'Arte
   Moderna di Palazzo Pitti)
- age 18-25, university students

 

Forte di Belvedere Card
It is a loyalty card that will be given to Florence residents after the purchase of the first entrance ticket. It will allow free access to Forte Belvedere for the entire period of the exhibition. 


Admission free:

- Forte di Belvedere Card holders
- Firenze Card holders
- under the age of 18
- disabled visitors and their companions
- student groups of all nationalities with their teachers (a list of participants must be submitted on school headed paper)
- tour guides and interpreters
- journalists
- members of ICOM, ICOMOS and ICCROM

 


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Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria
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