Primavera in Firenze

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Spring has arrived and I am so happy about that.  Since Zoe and I walk almost everywhere having the sun gives us more incentive to go out and discover our neighborhood.  There is a beautiful area not far from us, the hilly area on the way to Piazza Michelangelo. It reminds me a little of Bel Aire in Southern California. 

The sidewalks in this area made me think I was back in Los Angeles.

I found a nice area with some benches to rest and admire the beautiful flora and fauna.

It was lunch time and I found the perfect place, Chalet Fontana. A caffe, restaurant, garden and nursery all in one spot.  I was in heaven.  We had a nice table on the patio with a gorgeous view of the garden.

After lunch Zoe and I took a walk to explore this large property. It is the kind of place you can spend the entire afternoon. 

At the top of the hill is a green house with a very nice assortment of flowers that they sell.

Zoe loved running around and this is a place we can come back to and just enjoy the grounds.  Have a coffee and buy some plants.

They also grow the vegetables that we had for lunch.  

If I had a car I would have filled it with these flowers  Next time I will bring my shopping cart so I can take some home.

This is the caffe for coffee, vino and a small bite.

After a wonderful couple hours it was time to move on. We took a residential street that runs across the hill and ends at Piazza Michelangelo.

Every where you go in Firenze you see these lovely shines.  I am also crazy about this pink.

The houses or piazzas on this street are spectacular and I would love to go inside one of them.  

This is a little church, an unexpected surprise?  I will have to come back on a Sunday and see the inside.

I can’t get enough of wisteria and it is very plentiful everywhere.

I decided to turn back at this point and save the rest of this road for the next time and this grotto was a good place to stop.

11 Responses

  1. Jacqueline
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    What can I say? Lucky you! Lucky Zoe!

  2. Margo
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    Thank you for the spectacular virtual trip! Really enjoy your post!

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you much. I really appreciate it.

  3. Benita Longoria~Champion
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    I love it ALL!

  4. Darlene
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    So fun and excited to read each new post. Do will do you speak Italian, just learning or fluently? In the pink picture you mentioned a shine… is this shrine? I wasn’t sure. Thanks for sharing and until next time – Ciao!

    • sally carrocino
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      I am taking Italian lessons, it is a challenge.
      Yes the shine is the object on the pink wall. I guess he picture does not do it justice

  5. gabriella guerci
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    Thanks for sharing lovely pictures with your friends.

  6. colleen
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    Beautiful pictures, so interesting.

    Thank you!

  7. Eric
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    Loved your Neighborhood! Looks like you are having fun!


  8. Brenda
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  9. Jan Scott
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    Lovely glimpse of Italy! Hoping to come there this summer!!!

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