The Buontalenti Grotto or Large Grotto is one of the most popular attractions placed into Boboli Gardens in Florence, also mentioned by Dan Brown in his latest novel, Inferno, set in large part in Florence. The artificial grotto is an architectural masterpiece of the Mannerist culture and it represents a special blend of architecture, painting and sculpture. Take advantage of a holiday in Florence in our hotel in the heart of the historic center to visit one of the most beautiful Italian gardens open to the public.
The Buontalenti Grotto into Boboli Gardens
The construction of the grotto was begun by Giorgio Vasari, who created the lower part of the façade, but its construction is mainly due to Bernardo Buontalenti, who built it between 1583 and 1593, commissioned by Francesco I de’ Medici. In Tuscany, in the XVI century, there was a widespread fashion of Italian gardens for the elegant mansions and one of the essential building was just the Grotto, that is to say, the imaginative reconstruction of natural caves with sculptures, paintings and water games, with real calcareous concretions that were often removed from the real caves and re-used by artists. Both the exterior and the interior of the grotto consists of three rooms and they are rather bizarre and surprising.
The Buontalenti Grotto and the Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence
The 4-star hotel in the heart of Florence, which is also mentioned by Dan Brown in his latest novel, and in “The Da Vinci Code” is the ideal starting point to discover the wonders of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Choose one of our beautiful rooms or suites with views over the Brunelleschi’s Dome and the main monuments of the city: all rooms have wooden floors, flat screen TV, comfortable Simmons mattresses and air conditioning. You can book them directly online in a quickly and safe way from our official website at no extra brokerage costs and with free Wi-Fi included in the price for the all duration of your stay. To save time, buy online also the Firenze Card, a card that will allow you to visit all the main museums and use public transport for 72 hours.
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