on August 8, 2004
Il Giardino dell’Iris (the Iris Garden ) is located on the slopes of the hill east of the Piazzale Michelangelo. The garden hosts the International Iris Competition three weeks in May (this year it was May 2 – 20).
Since 1954, varieties of irises from around the world have been sent to be judged in this amazing flower show. When you are tired of churches and museums, come here to escape the rigors of sightseeing. Can you imagine - more than 2,500 types of this flower that has symbolized Florence since 1251 are in bloom at the Iris Garden. We stayed in Florence for a week only but visited Giardino dell Iris twice because the tranquility of the place and the beauty of the flowers bewitched our family. From the gardens terraces you will enjoy also the view of the olive groves, villas and the Arno River valley.
The garden offers free admission from 10AM – 12:30, 3 - 7PM but open only 3 weeks a year - in May. Entrance to the garden is on the eastern side of the Piazzale Michelangelo.
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