Once a year gardens and courtyard that are normally closed to the public open their doors for a peek of what’s hidden behind the sometimes less than impressive facades. On Sunday May 25th I visited several gardens in the centre of Florence with a guide from Città Nascosta.
Palazzo Ximenes Panciatichi, Borgo Pinti 68, originates from the 15e century but after many restructurations throughout the ages nothing is left today of the original building. In the 17th century is was the home of the Ximenes family, now the building serves as a fancy location for events, weddings and parties.
An open courtyard with sculptures of Hercules, Apollo and Diana gives entrance to the garden of Palazzo Ximenes Panciatichi.
The garden is in 18th century style decorated with sculptures and fruit trees such as lemons and medlars. Unfortunately the fountain was removed in the past to make the garden appear more spacious.