Piazzale Donatello is one of the most recent piazzas in Florence, but also one of its most suggestive
Piazzale Donatello was created in 1870 when the architect Giuseppe Poggi created the project for the boulevards which currently create a ring around Florence, destroying the medieval wall system. Piazzale Donatello was intended as a symbolic place: an oval spce surrounded by cypresses and slightly raised.
A romantic site which has gained fame for the presence in its centre of the English Cemetery where, between 1827 and 1877 (when the cemetery was closed as a result of new legislation), more that 1400 artists, writers and personalities from around the world were buried, most famously Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Giampietro Vieusseux.
The piazza is also the location of Villa Dontello and the Gherardesca Gardens – lovely English-style gardens created in the 1700s with typical boulevards, hills and rare botanical specimens like a sequoia and splendid azaleas.