Florence – A rose garden with a view

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This month has brought visitors from England and with them an excuse to revisit and marvel at the beauty of nearby Florence. Whist the crowds head to the viewing area at Piazzale Michelangelo to take in the city’s skyline, we escaped the chaos and sought refuge in one of my favourite spots in the city. Perched on the hillside above Florence, directly under the Piazzale, Il Giardino delle Rose is an oasis of calm with spectacular views of the city.

The walled, terraced rose garden was designed by Giuseppe Poggi in 1865 and restored a couple of years ago. The garden contains a number of types of plants (1000 botanical varieties) including lemon trees, waterlilies and a recently added Japanese garden. The main attraction, however, are undoubtedly the 350 varieties of (mainly old) roses. When in bloom, the array of climbers, ramblers, shrub roses and more fill the garden with…

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