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2007-04-18

Gardens in Florence

Florence is full of hidden gardens tucked away behind impenetrable iron gates and forbidding walls. The most famous is the Boboli garden, a big garden behind Palazzo Pitti, rich of paths, statues and fountains. You can reach it also through the beautiful Forte Belvedere, one of the best panorama of Florence.


I've been at Forte Belvedere 2 weeks ago, it was full of american girls sun bathing.. in these days there is also an exhibition called 15x15 (15 works for 15 artists)
Giardino di Boboli entrance fee is about 6 euro. With the same ticket you can access to Bardini Garden as well.
Finally open to the public after 5 years of restoration Giardino Bardini offers one of the best picture opportunities in Florence. This green oasis lies in the Oltrarno on a steep hill wedged between Piazzale Michelangelo and Boboli. The garden started life as a series of walled orchards, but has been altered and enlarged over the years. Today it retains its 15th century layout with terrace and paths planted with irises (the purple iris is the flower of Florence, see picture here), roses, wisteria, giant azaleas, fruit trees and dotted with statues and fountains. At the top is a charming ilex wood and the "dragon's canal", a faux-chinese water feature.
I've visited Giardino Bardini when it just opened to the public, after the restoration. Even if plants and flowers were not grown, I liked it a lot!
If you like gardens I will talk about others..

2 comments:

chris & erin said...

I took this article (in the Italian version from Firenze Night&Day) to my Italian group last week to translate! We had a good time learning about Forte Belvedere!

I'll have to bring this English version next week!

Nelli said...

thanks.. If you want to help me with english version (after you translate the italian version), I'm not very good in english writing!!

but the gardens and Forte Belvedere are nice places to see. Believe me!!

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