on November 26, 2005
The garden, which didn't have any flowers, was a massive landscape with woods, a vineyard, fountains, and endless mazes of bushes. From the hilltop (which is quite a hike in the Italian heat), you can see the entire city of Florence. Once again, I took millions of pictures, but nothing can possibly capture the view. We (my friend and I) climbed all over the hills, and along the way we saw the beautiful outdoors and met a couple other international travels, some of which didn't speak English. There are tourists climbing about, but you will still feel secluded, and you won't run into many of them. As we were going back down this massive hill, we stopped to watch a woman paint the view. She sat in the shade of the wall of bushes, completely focused and undisturbed by her onlookers. The painting was absolutely magnificent, and the experience was a small encounter with the culture. At the bottom of the hill, still within the walls of the garden, there was one tiny shop and a tiny restaurant. This was located in the inner courtyard by the exit. We bought Italian gelato and drinks, and we sat on a bench in the shade, watching a small boy chase pigeons. I recommend this place to anyone who enjoys fresh air and scenery but isn't necessarily athletic. People of all shapes and ages were walking around, and the giant hill isn't just a hill, as there are dirt steps built in and many shady areas to rest. Make sure you wear bug spray! The mosquitoes are vicious!
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