1) The Rose Garden
The Rose Garden is a park/garden located under the famous Piazzale Michelangelo, in the upper part of the Oltrarno, precisely in Via Giuseppe Poggi 2.
A particular garden, which previously was not open to the public or in any case only for small periods during the year, but now can be visited all year round except for Christmas and New Year’s, until July 31st it will be open from 9 in the morning to 20 in the evening.
The garden was created by the famous architect Giuseppe Poggi who, on behalf of the Municipality of Florence, designed the urban aspect of the city in anticipation of the move of the Italian capital from Turin to Florence which took place in 1865, it was precisely in 1865 that it was inaugurated.
Enclosed between the current viale poggi, via di San Salvatore and via de Bastioni, it covers about one hectare of land and enjoys a fabulous vault over Florence, the famous skyline with all the magnificence of Florence, the Duomo, Giotto’s bell tower, Palazzo della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce.
In 1895 the garden was opened to the public during the festival of arts and flowers, an event that was celebrated in the month of May, since 1998 it has housed a space dedicated to Japan created by the Japanese architect Kitayama, a Shorai oasis in honor of the twinning between Florence and Kyoto.
In the garden there are also bronze sculptures by the Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon, donated by his wife Marilena Pasquali, which arrived in the garden after the great exhibition held in 2005 at Forte Belvedere, as well as other areas of the city (see the rain man in the area South Florence) houses sculptures by the artist.
The garden now has about 1,000 botanical varieties, and as many as 350 of Roses, some of which are ancient species dating back to the 1500s, such as the Rosa mundi from 1560 with large, very fragrant, semi-double flowers, or the Foetida bicolor, from 1590, originally from Turkey . The Rose Garden is certainly one of the most romantic gardens in Florence and with free admission it becomes one of the stops not to be missed.