Irises and Roses

Irises and Roses

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In my last post I mentioned my friend Julie from Texas came to visit last spring.  Being she is a huge garden and gardening enthusiast I knew exactly where to take her on our sightseeing adventures.

Piazza Michelangelo is a wonderful place to start.  It has so much to offer and diffidently the WOW factor.  It has one of the best views in Firenze. 

It also has a fabulous rose Garden.

 

Another attraction is the sculptures, 12 works by the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon, who passed away in 2005 and whose works were donated to the city by his widow.

The dancing frog is a great background for this photo shot.  

For 2 weeks in mid May the iris are in bloom and it is spectacular.  I was so happy with the timing of Julie’s visit.

 

There is every color and variety imaginable.

 

.Next stop, Boboli Gardens. The Gardens, directly behind the Pitti Palace, the main seat of the Medici grand dukes of Tuscany at Florence, are some of the first and most familiar formal 16th-century Italian gardens

 

 

The gardens have passed through several stages of enlargement and restructuring work. They were enlarged in the 17th century to their present extent of 45,000 meters (11 acres). The Boboli Gardens have come to form an outdoor museum of garden sculpture that includes Roman antiquities as well as 16th and 17th century works.

It so offers another breathtaking  view, that you never get tired of.

The bronze statue of Neptune (1565-1568) by Stoldo Lorenzi 

 

At the very top you are treated with the beautiful rise gardens 

 

 

Another great view, this time the hills above the gardens.

 

 

 

 

The Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Gardens is a fascinating place, where you feel as though you’re in a fairy tale. The Grotta di Buontalenti (also known as Grotta Grande or the Big Grotto) was built by Bernardo Buontalenti  1583 and 1593, commissioned by Francesco I de’ Medici.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bacchino fountain (1560) This fountain is located next to one of the garden’s exits (onto Piazza Pitti). It is a sculpture of a fat dwarf named Morgante sitting on a turtle. Morgante was part of the court of Cosimo I de Medici and was supposedly Cosimo’s favourite dwarf. The name ‘Bacchino’ comes from Bachus, the Greek god of wine, and Morgante is depicted as a tipsy midget.

When John and I came here on our first trip to Italy in 2001 this was his favorite, so I have to say it is my favorite as well.

A perfect ending to a perfect day. I invited four of my new friends ( Catherine Bolton, Catherine Camarda, Debra McElhaney and Lucia Ducci) in Firenze to meet Julie and I wanted her to see the nice friends  I have made here. 

Dinner was at the always good and fun Ristorante Accademia.  Gianni the owner is the perfect host.

 

19 Responses

  1. Uilani Osborne
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    Thank you for Sharing your beautiful life in Italy!!! You are living My dream!!! When I retire i would like to follow in your footsteps! My daughter lived in Italy for a couple of Years, that is when i fell in “Love” with Italy!! You need to write a book on “Making the move” like how you got your visa, seems like so Much paper Work!?
    For Now I will Enjoy Yours and Zoe’s adventure!! You are an inspiration!!

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you for your comment. So glad you enjoy my posts.
      I don’t think a book is in my future, I will stick to the blog and fb.

  2. Terry
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    Arrived at the Philadelphia airport on Thursday at 3:30; took until 6:00 to get home on the train as 2 sons were also in Europe and the third was having a baby! (Well his wife was). New baby was born 10 hours after we landed. Your images make me miss Florence, though. Good to hear from you!

    • sally carrocino
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      Happy new grandchild.

  3. Brenda
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    Beautiful!!!

  4. Darlene Papenbrock
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    Love the pics in your post. Reminds me our ‘Park of Roses’ we gave here in our city. And the irises oh so colorful. I got a chuckle out of Morgante. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you for taking the time to write.

  5. Savannah Woods
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    Love your blog and fabulous journey & photos of Firenze! Best Savannah

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you so much.

  6. Billie Vrtiak
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    How beautiful the gardens are. I remember you had mentioned them when we were at dinner in Atlanta. As for “John’s fountain” I always agreed with John’s taste in everything but really this fountain? It must be the relationship with wine! B

    • sally carrocino
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      And the belly.

  7. Charlotte
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    Interesting as usual. Thanks for sharing. We remember lots of those places.

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you.

  8. Deborah James
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    So refreshing to visit florence again in your blog. It a wonderful interlude in a hot texas summer. The ristorante e molto intetessante! Looks really good! Hope to see you this christmas from deborah in austin texas. Take care all the best!

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

  9. Colleen
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    So beautiful and educational.

    Thank you for sharing!

  10. Colleen
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    Thank you!

  11. Sally Harvey
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    Absolutely fabulous photos, thank you for sharing, certainly lifted the spirits on very bleak winters morning! I feel I have walked all these places – just beautiful.
    Sally H

    • sally carrocino
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      You say such sweet things. Thank you

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