Florence Journals

A Closer Look at the Gardens of Florence

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A travel journal to Florence by airynfaerie

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli) Photo, Florence, Italy More Photos
Quote: Many visitors that experience a whirlwind tour of this Renaissance city jump between the famous sites and leave quickly. But if one sticks around long enough to feel the rhythm of the town, there are various beautiful gardens to explore and in which to slow down and enjoy nature.

Torrigiani Garden

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Attraction | "Peek into a Private Florentine Garden"

Torrigiani Garden Photo, Florence, Italy
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If you're a real garden enthusiast and like to find attractions that are off the beaten path, you'll be interested in the Torrigiani Garden in Florence. Located in the "Oltrarno" neighborhood, meaning it lies on the opposite side of the Arno River from the city center, but not too far on foot from the main sites, this lovely private garden is a sight to behold.Many visitors and locals alike will easily overlook a stop here, but dozens of passerbys in this area near the outskirts of town, do peek inside the gated outside, wondering briefly what lies inside. Although open to the public, many people aren't aware of this fact, as there's no large sign or plaque stating the pertinent informatio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2009

Torrigiani Garden
Via de Serragli, 146
Florence, Italy

Orto Botanico

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Attraction | "A Walk Through Over 9,000 Exotic Plants"

Orto Botanico Photo, Florence, Italy
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Just down the road from Piazza San Marco, and a few blocks outside the main busy center of the city of Florence is one of the the town's most beautiful gardens. The Orto Botanico di Firenze (Botanical Garden), also called the Giardino dei Semplici is an extensive collection of herbs, vegetation, trees, and plants. Containing over 9,000 varieties, this garden at a little over 2 hectacres is worth a visit.Established in 1545 by Cosimo I of the Medici family who resided as Grand Duke of Tuscany at the time, the establishment is now maintained by the near University of Florence. Currently, it's headquarters for the Italian Botanical Society and they work in conjunction with the University to f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2009

Orto Botanico
Via Pier Antonio Micheli, 3
Florence, Italy 50121

Bardini Garden

Attraction | "A Hillside Jewel"

Bardini Garden Photo, Florence, Italy
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The recently restored Bardini Garden has a remarkable view over Florence, and is home to a quiet, 4-hectare of park on a hillside next to the Arno River. Adjoining the famous Boboli Garden, this smaller, yet just as impressive garden contains terraces on the Montecuccoli hill with highly maintained grounds. At the entrance is the Mozzi Villa, a true example of Victorian style. Enriched with fountains, sculptures, and mosaics, the entire grounds of this garden are a spectacular stop on the edges of a beautiful Renaissance city. Ascend the large stairway up the center of the hillside garden and enjoy the various flower varieties along the edges. Those interested in botany and lan...Read More

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Bardini Garden
Via del Bardi, 1r
Florence, Italy

Giardino Delle Rose (The Rose Garden)

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Attraction | "Stopping to Smell the Roses"

Giardino Delle Rose (The Rose Garden) Photo, Florence, Italy
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Designed in 1865 by Giuseppe Poggi, the same architect that designed the famed lookout point, Piazzale Michangelo, the Giardino delle Rose (Rose Garden) is a beautiful retreat just a short walk from the busy city center. Located on the left bank of the Arno River, and half way up the hillside to the Piazzale, the terraces of the garden offer quiet seating and great views over the rooftops of the city below. Inspired by French gardens of the same time, this rose garden's layout displays various rose variety dotted on an open landscape with benches, and informational plaques. Rose types vary from modern varieties, ancient names, and cross species. Normally very quiet and not crowded, this ni...Read More

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Giardino Delle Rose (The Rose Garden)
Viale Giuseppe Poggi 2
Florence, Italy
055 262 5305

The Iris Garden

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Attraction | "An Annual Treat of Beauty"

The Iris Garden Photo, Florence, Italy
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Offering more than 2,500 varieties of irises, the Iris Garden of Florence is a seasonal treat only open in the month of May. Seen around the city as an engraved coat of arms since 1251, the iris holds a special place in the hearts of Florentines. Not only a beautiful symbol of this strong city, it's also appreciated for its actual life of flora.Displayed in a beautiful sloping hillside garden overlooking the river and hillside, one can spend a lovely afternoon milling about the peaceful space. Regularly artists can be seen painting on easels during the iris' short seasonal life span, and the crowds never seem overwhelming to a visitor here. Take your time visiting each row of the numerous ...Read More

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The Iris Garden
Viale Dei Colli And Piazzale Michelangelo
Florence, Italy
055 483 112

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli)

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Attraction | "The Largest and Most Famous of Florence's Gardens"

Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli) Photo, Florence, Italy
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Florence's largest and most famous garden is unequivocally Il Giardino di Boboli (Boboli Garden). Created between 1550-1558, this landscape masterpiece was carried out by designer Niccolo Pericoli who was hired by the famous Florentine Medici family. Adjoining the grand Pitti Palace, and situated in the "Oltrarno" area of the city (across river from the center), this expansive garden is a restful getaway from the bustling city streets and offers refuge amongst nature, fountains, sculptural art, and walkways. Be prepared to spend a bit of time exploring this garden as it expands 320,000 sq meters and never ceases to take a visitor's breath away with each turn. Decorated walkways...Read More

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Boboli Gardens (Giardini di Boboli)
Behind the Pitti Palace
Florence, Italy 50122
+39 (055) 2388786