Giardino delle rose
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The Rose Garden in Florence

1000 botanical varieties and 350 rose species

Viale Giuseppe Poggi, 2
The Rose Garden in Florence is a place of extraordinary beauty, where there are many types of roses and other plants.

Open from 8am to 8pm, with free entrance, the garden houses a collection of roses, lemons, and other plants, as well as a Japanese garden. In particular, it contains about 400 varieties of roses for a total of about 1,200 plants.

The park is found in the Oltrarno area below piazzale Michelangelo, on viale Giuseppe Poggi.

The garden was created in 1865 by Giuseppe Poggi, who also designed the piazzale, on behalf of the City of Florence in anticipation of moving the capital of Italy from Turin. It covers about one hectare of land which offers a panoramic view of the city, sandwiched between viale Poggi, via di San Salvatore and via dei Bastioni.

The land belonged Padri Filippini, who also owned a house and farm called San Francesco, then Attilio Pucci redeisgned to space full of terraces and walls to create a collection of roses.

In 1895, the garden was opened to the public during the Festival of Arts and Flowers that the Fine Arts Society and the Italian Society of Horticulture organized every May. Built according to the French model, the garden has a bucolic natural setting, yet it was streamlined to accommodate the Italian style. Of particular interest is the advanced irrigation system, near the square, and a pipeline that carries water up to numerous outlets in the garden.

In 1998, the Rose Garden was enriched by a space donated by the Japanese architect Yasuo Kitayama, the Japanese Shorai oasis, given to Florence from its twin city in Kyoto.

Today, the garden contains around 1000 varieties of plants and over 350 species of roses.
 
Florence
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If you are visiting Tuscany you cannot miss Florence. The Renaissance city is a treasure trove of art with an astonishing contemporary vibe. Beyond the extraordinary artistic heritage, a testimony to its centuries of civilization, the best way to enjoy Florence is to stroll along the riverside avenues at sunset, or to get lost among the city’s myriad alleyways of the bohemian Oltrarno or the ...
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