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    TN girl is offline Junior Member - Learning about Tuscany
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    Default Monasteries and gardens

    Would like recommendations on monasteries/abbeys to visit as well as formal gardens. My sister and I will be traveling throughout Tuscany in May by rental car and would like to visit the best ones, but don't want to pay a great deal in admission fees. In looking through some information online, it appears that a lot of these are not accessible to the public or charge a great deal to enter. Thank you for your help

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    DonnaDenise is offline Super Moderator - DiscoverTuscany Team
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    Default Gardens to visit in May

    Buongiorno,

    Below I cam offering several links to articles about gardens that the DT team has visited over the years, with our impressions and suggestions:

    This is an overview of some of the special gardens within the city center of Florence:
    https://www.visitflorence.com/what-t...-florence.html

    More details on the Boboli gardens - which is truly spectacular: https://www.visitflorence.com/floren...i-gardens.html

    The Bardini Gardens offer amazing views of the city - https://www.visitflorence.com/floren...i-gardens.html

    And of course one of the Medici gardens: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-t...-castello.html

    In Tuscany you should definitely look into this one with Pinocchio:

    https://www.discovertuscany.com/pist...n-collodi.html

    These gardens come with a double treat - villas, and gardens:

    https://www.discovertuscany.com/lucc...-in-lucca.html

    As for monasteries with gardens or parks, some of my favorites are in Casentino:

    https://www.discovertuscany.com/casentino/la-verna.html
    https://www.discovertuscany.com/case...casentino.html
    https://www.discovertuscany.com/case...d-reserve.html

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    Pro Loco Sovicille is offline Senior Member - Expert about Tuscany
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    Default Monasteries and gardens

    Hello,

    If you haven't defined yet your itinerary, you could consider visiting also:


    - San Galgano Abbey with the sword in the stone (almost 40 km from Siena) -> https://abbazia-san-galgano.business.site/
    - Torri Abbey and its beautiful cloister, located in our area (Sovicille, at 13 km from Siena) -> http://www.prolocosovicille.it/en/territory/torri

    Concerning the gardens, there are other two wonderful places in Sovicille:

    - Villa Cetinale -> https://www.villacetinale.com/
    - Castle of Celsa -> http://www.castellodicelsa.com/

    In both cases, you need to call these structures in order to book a visit.


    Hope we have been helpful and have a wonderful trip!

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