Forte Belvedere is my favorive spot in Florence. It is a fortress built in the 16th century to protect the center of government in Florence and the Medici family if the city came under attack. It’s between the Giardino Bardini e Giardino di Boboli. You can have a different view of the city and it seems that you can even touch the bridges from there! I like to have a walk-in its garden or lie down on the grass. Forte Belvedere usually hosts exhibitions of contemporary art. In these years it has hosted exhibitions of Giuseppe Penone, Antony Gormley, Jan Fabre, Eliseo Mattiacci, the photographer Massimo Listri and the sculptor Davide Rivalta.
This summer’s exhibitions are located in two areas. There is the solo show by the videomaker Rä di Martino, Play it again, at the Palazzina del Buontalenti. While next to the Forte Belvedere, at Villa Bardini, we can watch the photographs selected by the Fondazione Alinari for the exhibition Fotografe! – Dagli Archivi Alinari a oggi.
There is also a bar, so I suggest you climb there after 5 p.m. so you can also watch the wonderful sunset while having a drink on the terrace. Don’t think it will be expensive, it isn’t!
Access to the outdoor area of Forte Belvedere is free.
The entrance to the exhibition is 10€ (with the ticket for Fotografe! – Dagli Archivi Alinari a oggi is 5€)