Visit the best gardens in Florence
Are you looking for a completely different way to visit Florence? Enjoy a beautiful day and visit the best gardens in Florence. Florence hides a “green” aspect! It’s up to you to discover it! Here’s a list of the most beautiful gardens you can find during your stay in the city:
Giardino delle Rose
Situated just below the Piazzale Michelangelo (from where you can find an amazing view of the city), the Giardino delle Rose was created by the same architect of the square and transformed as a place where to house a collection of roses, lemons and other plants. This garden is the best place where to feel relaxed and do a romantic promenade especially because you are surrounded by 400 rose species. The best period to visit the garden is during spring particularly in May, month of the flowering of roses and iris. About Iris, you can find them inside the Iris Garden, which organizes yearly a plantation competition for this flower. The aim of this competition? Crossing different flowers to obtain a scarlet lilium: scarlet as the same colour of the one represented on the emblem of Florence.
Few meters away from the Piazzale Michelangelo, the Bardini garden is still enclosed by the medieval city walls and offers a wonderful view over the city, something different that has to be seen! The garden is composed of three types of gardens, different for epoch and styles: the Italian garden style, the English wood style and the agricultural park. Walking through these gardens, you will be fascinated by the scenographic baroque staircase or the splendid wisterias’ pergola. Get enchanted by the scent of the flowers and captured by the countless colours of nature!
Created in the 19th century, the Giardino dell’Orticoltura is an oasis inside Florence: ideal for a relaxing stop during the visit of the city. Take a walk inside the garden and admire the monuments that this one offers you or simply relax on the field where there is a Renaissance lodge. Otherwise if you continue walking you will reach a gate from which you have a panoramic view over the city and a particular fountain along the staircase! The curiosity? It has the shape of a snake!
Parco delle Cascine
Not too far from the train station of Santa Maria Novella, the Parco delle Cascine is the biggest pubblic garden in Florence. It is situated along the river Arno and long about 3,5 kilometres. Every Tuesday the parc houses the Mercato delle Cascine, an open-air market, where you can find every kind of stuffs: from clothing, objects for the house, animals, food and more. This park is perfect if you want to do some jogging, cycling or promenades. If you visit the park during summer, you can join a lot of events like concerts and live music. More and more often the park is used also as centre of exhibitions and parties, that are alternated with games and merry-go-rounds placed on the square of the park. The evening is the best time to ride some attractions, the kids will surely love them!
Giardino di Boboli
Last but not the least! Well-known all over the world, the Boboli garden is an authentic monumental open-air museum used in the past as an inspiration for many European Royal gardens, like for the garden of Versailles. The park is considered as one of the most important examples of the Italian garden style and it is situated behind Palazzo Pitti. No words can express the beauty of every ancient and Renaissance statues, caves, obelisks and fountains that adorn the garden. The complex can leave you speechless. Let the park capture you and for few minutes, you will live and breathe the culture and spirit of the Renaissance.
After discovering the “green” aspect of Florence, are you ready for another different way to fully experience the city? Join the Florence Segway Night Tour and without the day-to-day crowds, you will appreciate more the florentine charm.