Spring is getting closer, and parks in Florence are now full of flowers. Enjoy some calm within the city and explore the harmonious and pleasant green spaces of Florence!
The Rose Garden
This park is located just to the west of Michelangelo Square and is a great panoramic spot where you can enjoy a nice view of the city. The garden was designed by Giuseppe Poggi in 1865 and hosts more than 30 varieties of roses. Lemon trees and a Japanese garden complete the picture. The best time to visit the Rose Garden is obviously May, when flowers are in full bloom, but the park is open all year round and maintains its charm thank to the 12 sculptures realized by the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon. It’s a great place for meditation, yoga and family picnics.
Designed by Niccolò Pericoli and begun in 1549, this garden was born under the will of Duchess Eleonora of Toledo, who died before the park was completed - it took over 400 years to realize it! Boboli Garden is located on a hillside behind Pitti Palace and is organized geometrically with a regular positioning of trees and flowerbeds. 45 hectares of real beauty and harmony that became an example for all the other Italian gardens.
Close to the Rose Garden, the enchanting 4 hectares Bardini Garden comprises English Woods, an Italian Garden and some amazing fruits orchards. The garden has a steep hike up to reach the top, but it’s definitely worth it: the view is spectacular! In spring time the wisterias bloom and the garden goes violet, with the flowers that wrap around the pergolas and create the perfect frame for the city view.
The Iris Garden
The Iris Garden hosts 250 endangered species of Iris and is a perfect place where to relax under the perfume of these unique plants. The garden is open only during spring time, usually from the end of April to the end of May, when the flowers are blooming.
The garden around Villa Stibbert, which comprises one of the most important museums of Florence, is a real jewel: its two lakes and its 56 plants species are set in an English style garden. The biggest lake was in the past navigable, and today is home for aquatic plants, goldfishes and small turtles. La Limonaia is a Neoclassical construction inside the park: its name comes from all the citruses that are kept inside, well preserved in the elegant building. An Egyptian temple is located close to the bigger lake, adorned with sphinx statues and other symbolic elements.
Gherardesca is the biggest private garden of Florence. Its namesake palace has recently been restructured because of the creation of a notorious hotel in 2008. You have to know that the first mandarin orange tree of Florence was planted here in 1844.
Cascine Park is the green lung of Florence. Many locals choose this park to go running or walking with their friends. Its huge trees and the proximity to the river Arno makes it a place for calm and relaxation, the perfect spot for a picnic or a bike ride!
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