Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Florence Rose Garden

View from Rose Garden Toward Historic Florence View from Rose Garden Toward Bardini and Old City Wall
The Florence Rose Garden (or Giardino delle Rose) is very near the Piazzale Michelangelo (quite frankly the last place you’d catch Travelmarx in). Here is the location of the Rose Garden. One side of the garden borders the long stair climb called Via di San Salvatore al Monte.

Well, the garden just re-opened for its yearly run from May 1st to July 31st. It is closed the rest of the year. While it’s open it’s open from 8am to 8pm last time we looked on the sign. It’s a nice place to bring a snack or a book and just watch the city. There are lots of roses to look at and smell. The roses are scattered around the garden with the roses fitting the geography of the land and not vice versa as is the case in a typical row-by-row rose garden. It’s on the west slope so probably better in the morning if you are a shady type like ½ of Travelmarx. Part of the garden (lowest part) is a Japanese garden that was added to the rose garden relatively recently. It's a pretty subtle nod to a Japanese garden but offers some different plant and tree varieties not often seen in Florence. There are at least four different ways to enter the garden, so if you explore you’ll find one of them.

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