Word of the day: Giardino

Giardino (jar-DEE-noh); Garden

It is spring in Florence and we are getting some much needed rain, which is bringing out the leaves and blossoms in great abundance right now. It seemed appropriate to head out to a green space between the rain showers and enjoy the fresh air and flowers. We could have headed for the Boboli Gardens, the enormous green jewel that sits behind the Pitti Palace, but we opted instead for the smaller, less well known Bardini Gardens.

The Bardini Gardens are in the Oltrarno (the area on the other side of the river from the main area of Florence) area, up the hill toward Piazzalle Michelangelo. This means that not only do you get to meander through the beautifully laid out garden, you also get spectacular views of Florence.

I’ve been waiting until April to go there because I knew the wisteria would be in bloom. I think I’m still about 2 weeks too early to see them at their peak, however. That just means I will have to return. There is a coffee house and lots of great little spaces to sit in the garden and read or just listen to the birds.

Here are a few of my favorite photos of the garden and the views out over Florence.


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