Reopening of the Kaffeehaus in the Boboli Gardens

June 25th, 2013 1:00 PMtoSeptember 30th, 2013 4:00 PM

After closing its doors to the public for a long period, the Kaffeehaus of the Boboli Gardens is now open. The structure will offer visitors to the Gardens a place to escape the heat, just as it originally offered the court of Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine—who commissioned the building in 1776—a spot to relax and re-energize. For the moment, the only area accessible to visitors will be the upper part of the building, which includes a salon decorated by Giuseppe del Moro, Giuliano Traballesi and Pasquale Micheli, all of whom created an illusionistic landscape with statues and fountains covered by a fictitious pergola populated by birds and flowers. Visitors will also find within the Kaffeehaus’ walls four marble sculptures from the second half of the 16th century: Apollo with Capricorn sculpted by  Domenico Poggini in 1559; Valerio Cioli’s two sculptures from 1561-1564 representing Morgante riding a turtle and another of Nano Barbino; and Bacchus with a Satyr created by Vincenzo de’ Rossi after 1656.

The Kaffeehaus will be open until the end of September 2013 from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and will be included in the ticket to the Gardens.

The Boboli Gardens are located in Piazza Pitti in Florence.

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