Folon nel Giardino delle Rose

Outdoor Folon works in Florence

Sit next to a sculpture by Folon and enjoy the view

The Rose Garden at Piazzale Michelangelo is permanent home to ten bronze and two plaster sculptures by Belgian painter and sculptor, Jean Michel Folon. Entering through via G. Poggi, after a brief climb, you reach the panoramic area near the famous artworks "Partir" and "Je me souviens" - which shows an anachronistic old gentleman sitting on a bench - where anyone can also sit and admire the view of the city as well as the other artworks that are hidden away on the terrace. One of these is "Chat" the cat that seems to be snoozing among the roses, ready to be caressed or played with by children, and "Envol" one pointed upwards as if about to take flight.

These are sculptures worth admiring and touching, though they are not entirely reachable in wheelchair since they are positioned here and there amid real people and the environment. These works were a gift to the city and its many tourists by Folon, who said before he died suddenly in 2005: "I dreaming of one day finding a place in Tuscany, a garden with a beautiful house where I can leave all these pieces of art so they can live on after me."

A visit to the Rose Garden offers people the opportunity to see more than 300 kinds of antique and hybrid roses, and is open from 9-sunset every day. Entrance to people with accessibility issues is Viale Giuseppe Poggi, 2, where you can also leave your car.